Dec 2018


The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

7:15 pm - 9:45 pm

Live screening from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.
Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

NT Live (Delayed): The Madness of George III

7:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Disney’s live-action version of the Nutcracker story with Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this film (like the famous ballet also showing this week) is based on the E. T. A. Hoffmann story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. With an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Hart and Jack Whitehall.

NT Live: Antony and Cleopatra

7:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Simon Godwin follows the success of Twelfth Night with another Olivier Theatre Shakespeare. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the titular lovers, with design by Hildegard Bechtler.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Comedy Night: Robin Morgan

8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

Welsh stand-up Robin Morgan is about to go on his first UK tour. One small issue: he’s only just got married, and is spending his actual honeymoon performing to the nation. Surely there’s a good reason why he’s doing it? There is. You’ll just have to come and find out. Fresh from two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the writer for BBC’s Have I Got News For You and The Now Show will perform both critically acclaimed shows, back-to-back. In addition to his solo shows and work as a writer, Robin is the support artist for Ellie Taylor’s national tours and BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show, with television credits from BBC Three and Comedy Central to his name.

The Children Act

7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Another chance to catch this film – by popular request.
Richard Eyre directs Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own novel, starring Emma Thompson & Stanley Tucci.
As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work – should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life?

The Lady’s Mad

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

A new play by Rebekah King performed by professional theatre company Thistledown Theatre.
Performances are in the Club Room – upstairs venue, not suitable for people with mobility problems.
It’s 1642. Parliament has declared war on the King. Hester Cavill and her husband have sided with opposing armies: she a royalist, he a parliamentarian. When Sir Arthur is away, Hester refuses aid to a regiment of Cromwell’s troops who have turned up at her estate expecting Sir Arthur’s support. What Hester has not predicted, is that these troops have a strong-willed female leader of their own. Charismatic young prophetess ‘Mad Moll’ has found herself in an unexpected position of power. She calls herself the ‘English Joan’ and directs the troops with her supposedly God-given visions. Spurned by Hester, she aims her cannons and her fury at the Cavill estate. As the various members of the Cavill household struggle to decide where their allegiance lies, a war of wits and wills ensues between the two extraordinary women. Pride and lives are at stake for all involved and, as Moll and Hester exploit the various stereotypes of female power for personal gain, they will both risk the accusation that they were only madwomen after all.
An original story based on a collection of true anecdotes and written by up and coming playwright Rebekah King, ‘The Lady’s Mad’ illuminates one of England’s most turbulent periods through the lives of its extraordinary women. The piece touches on many relevant themes including family loyalty, the struggle of women and political unrest.

The Lady’s Mad – Matinee

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

A new play by Rebekah King performed by professional theatre company Thistledown Theatre.
Performances are in the Club Room – upstairs venue, not suitable for people with mobility problems.
It’s 1642. Parliament has declared war on the King. Where do your loyalties lie?

NT Live: Allelujah!

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Second chance to see Alan Bennett’s sharp and witty new play – ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Set in a local hospital facing closure as part of an efficiency drive, this state-of-the-nation piece is a ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer).
Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, Allelujah! is Alan Bennett’s tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

Sinodun Players’ Punchbowl

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sinodun Players provide a lively, family-friendly evening of seasonal readings, sketches and the like for the first half, followed by our local favourite Cholsey Silver Band playing Music from Musicals and Carols. Come and join in with some of your favourite Carols.
This Fundraising event will include a raffle and all profits will go towards the continuing refurbishing and re-equipping of our theatre – we appreciate your support.

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