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    NT Live: Much Ado About Nothing


    Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity. 

    The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick. 
    Timings to be confirmed.

    Glyndebourne: La bohème


    Recorded as live from Glyndebourne’s 2022 Summer season. Running time probably 2 hours without interval but to be confirmed.
    When seamstress Mimì meets the struggling writer Rodolfo they are instantly drawn together. But while Paris is a magical city of love, it’s also a very real place of hardship as the two young Bohemians and their friends soon discover, when not just jealousy but poverty and sickness tear them apart.
    In La bohème Puccini created an opera in which ordinary people are elevated to the level of the extraordinary, the tragic, the timeless – transformed by a score that has seduced generations of audiences. Conversational and familiar, atmospheric and emotionally amplified, La bohème paints the complexity of human relationships in all their many shades, framing them with wonderfully vivid, bustling scenes of Parisian life. Comedy and tragedy are woven tightly together in an irresistible flow of melody and drama.
    Floris Visser directs an exciting young cast in Glyndebourne’s first new La bohème for over 20 years. Jordan de Souza conducts.

    The Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly


    Recorded as live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    Set in 19th-century Japan, Puccini’s heart-rending opera tells the tale of Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha, who falls in love with an American naval officer – and pays the ultimate price.

    The Royal Ballet: Mayerling


    Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Inspired by dark and gripping real-life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera.
    Kenneth Macmillan’s 1978 ballet, set to music by Franz Liszt, remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death.

    NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again


    Delayed broadcast recorded in front of a live audience at the National Theatre, London.
    A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night), based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals.
    After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms. 
    Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher. 

    The Royal Opera: Aida


    Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    Love and duty collide and nations clash in Verdi’s political drama, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
    Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. The ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her.
    In this new production, director Robert Carsen has set the drama in a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state.

    NT Live: The Seagull


    Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in a 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness. Jamie Lloyd directs this unique new version by Anya Reiss.
    Delayed release of a filmed live performance at the Harold Pinter theatre in London’s West End.

    The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration


    Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    A dazzling showcase marking 60 years of the Friends of the Royal Opera House.
    The showcase will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of The Royal Ballet’s repertory in classical, contemporary and heritage works. It will include world premieres of short ballets by choreographers Pam Tanowitz, Joseph Toonga and Valentino Zucchetti as well as The Royal Ballet’s first performance of ‘For Four’ by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and a performance of George Balanchine’s ‘Diamonds’.
    Running time to be confirmed

    The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker


    Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    A sparkling festive treat for the whole family.
    Peter Wright’s much-loved production, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, and Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, combines the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing.

    The Royal Ballet: Like Water for Chocolate


    Recorded as live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic of Laura Esquivel’s modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet.
    A co-production between The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
    The ballet reunites Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

    NT Live: The Crucible


    Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power stars Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). This contemporary new staging is directed by Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) and designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy).

    Delayed release of a performance filmed live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.
    Timings and BBFC Certificate to be confirmed once the show opens.

    The Royal Opera: The Barber of Seville


    Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    With vocal fireworks, scheming lovers and one very busy barber, Rossini’s comic opera is packed with fun and mischief.
    From the barber’s famous opening number ‘Largo al factotum’ with its cry of ‘Figaro! Figaro!’ to Rosina’s feisty aria ‘Una voce poco fa’ Gioachino Rossini’s opera is a riotously entertaining affair. Rafael Payare makes his Royal Opera House debut conducting an outstanding international cast that includes Andrzej Filonczyk, Aigul Akhmetshina, Lawrence Brownlee and Bryn Terfel.

    NT Live: Othello


    An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwan (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).
    Othello will be filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre

    The Royal Opera: Turandot


    Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

    Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.
    In the court of Princess Turandot, suitors who fail to solve her riddles are brutally killed. But when a mysterious prince answers one correctly, suddenly he holds all the power – and a secret.

    Puccini’s score is rich in musical marvels (featuring the famous aria ‘Nessun dorma’) while Andrei Serban’s production draws on traditional Chinese theatrical traditions to evoke a colourful fantasy tableau of ancient Peking. Antonio Pappano conducts Anna Pirozzi in the title role and Yonghoon Lee as Calaf.

    The Royal Ballet: Cinderella


    Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    A co-production between The Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
    A new production of the much-loved fairytale classic. Royal Ballet Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella celebrates its 75th anniversary this Season. After over a decade away from the Royal Opera House stage, Ashton’s timeless reworking of Charles Perrault’s rags-to-riches story returns, showcasing the choreographer’s deft musicality and the beauty of Prokofiev’s transcendent score.

    The Royal Opera: The Marriage of Figaro


    Encore showing of a performance recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.
    Servants Figaro and Susanna are filled with excitement on their wedding day but there’s a hitch: their employer, Count Almaviva, has dishonourable intentions of his own towards the bride-to-be.

    The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty


    Encore showing of a live recording from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.
    Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music and Oliver Messel’s sumptuous designs with this true gem of the classical ballet repertory.

    The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore


    Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    A co-production with Opernhaus Zurich.
    Passions run high as Manrico and the Count di Luna compete for the affections of Leonora. Little do they know, Manrico’s mother Azucena has been keeping a terrible secret for decades. Soon a curse from the past will rise up from the ashes with devastating implications for them all.
    Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s dramatic score, which features the famous ‘Anvil’ chorus.