Below are details of the Autumn/Winter season 2018-2019
A ground breaking initiative broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinema and arts venues around the world live, via satellite. It has been a huge hit in the UK and will now be a regular feature from September 2016 at the Courthouse. Occasional ‘Encore’ performances will be included in the mix when the Courthouse has an unavoidable date clash – but these offer the audience exactly the same experience as the live streamed events.
Keep checking our website for new productions and releases coming soon.
Thursday 6th September, 7pm
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand-new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late-night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Friday 14th September, 7.30pm
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 85 minutes
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents one of the most talked about exhibitions of 2017/18. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opened in Paris before travelling to London and Washington.
One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.
Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour
Sunday 14th October
£13 Adults, £12 Courthouse Friends
103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! Featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades, this will be Cliff Richard’s most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.
Fizz, Film & Fish ‘n’ Chips – presented by Otley Film Society
Sunday 28th October
3pm – cert PG
Join us for an afternoon screening of this family film with a glass of fizz and followed by fish and chips (or veggie option). Choose food when booking. Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum’s wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted?
This is the sing-a-long version of the film so you can join in with all your favourite tunes in this thoroughly entertaining film. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Following the critically acclaimed West End run, this utterly irresistible new production of Funny Girl stars Olivier award winning Sherdan Smith as Fanny Brice. Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbara Streisand 50 years ago, boasting some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain on my Parade. This iconic musical tells the story of Fanny, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brookly music hall singer to Broadway star.
Performed at the Teatro All Scala in Milan, this is a recorded screening of this ballet featuring classic choreography to the immortal notes of Sergej Prokofiev. Conducted by Patrick Fournillier. Romeo and Juliet debuted in January 1938 in Soviet Russia and it took three years for Prokofiev to get his adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers to the stage. The ‘drambalet’ (dramatised ballet) is a masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy, and has since performed all over the world.
The production was later adapted by leading choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, who pays great attention to human relations, lyricism and psychological tension, without neglecting moments of humour through emotion. The title roles in this production are played by Italian star Roberto Bolle and world-renowned American ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
The screening is 173 minutes including intervals.
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
Broadcast from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. 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. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
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. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
A recorded screening from Teatro Alla Scala, acclaimed American filmmaker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino Garavani have teamed up for a stunning revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera, LA TRAVIATA.
Coppola breathes new life into Verdi’s 1853 opera, that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak. Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous. However, she’s suffering from a serious illness and her survival relies on the kindness and generosity of her male patrons. Her life seems empty, until she meets and falls in love with the young and eligible Alfredo Germont. But it’s not long before tragic circumstances tear them apart…
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
91 mins cert PG
If you’ve never had the chance to see Cirque du Soleil live, then this is the event for you. Come and enjoy this recorded screening of their 2012 performance “Worlds Away”. A young woman in a small Mid-Western town goes to a travelling carnival one evening, where she is urged by a silent clown to visit the carnival’s circus and see The Aerialist, the show’s star attraction. She is entranced by The Aerialist, but during his act he misses a catch and falls to the ground. She rushes to help him, but then the ground beneath them gives way and they fall through into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil. Separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other, interacting with the strange and wonderful performers and performances of Cirque du Soleil.