Making their West End debuts are the original Broadway stars; reprising her Tony Award-winning performance and 'Broadway musical's undisputed Queen' (The Sunday Times), Kelli O'Hara (Anna), Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King).

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.


Wed 19th December

One of Event Cinema's biggest names, Andre Rieu, returns with a major new production this New Year's 2019!

The King of Waltz Andre Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year's concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full production from leading Event Cinema distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, Andre Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney's iconic Town Hall.

Join the Maestro, Andre Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year! Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with Andre and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

The evening will be hosted by ITV's Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy Andre's annual Maastricht concert each July.


Sat 5th January

Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.

Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Director: Stefan Herheim Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Gherman: Aleksandrs Antonenko Prince Yeletsky: Vladimir Stoyanov Countess: Felicity Palmer Liza: Eva-Maria Westbroek

In Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production yjat has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera's premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antnio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

Sung in Russian with English surtitles


Tue 22nd January

I'm Not Running by David Hare

I'm Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinema.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a 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 works include Pravda ansd Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

Image photograph (Sian Brooke) by Felicity McCabe


Thu 31st January

Showing As Live on 5 February from recording on 30 January

Richard Eyre's beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi's opera about a courtesan who sacrfices all for love.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Richard Eyre Conductor: Antonello Manacorda

Violetta Valery: Ermonela Jaho Alfredo Germont: Charles Castronovo Giorgio Germont: Placido Domingo

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late - Verdi's La Traviata is one of the most populkar of all operas. Alfredo falls in love with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera's wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant 'Sempre libera' - both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre's production for the Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

Approximate runningg time: 3 hours 35 minutes, including two intervals

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Tue 5th February

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling opera.

Choreography: Carlos Acosta After: Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus Arranged and Orchestrated by: Martin Yates

Cervantes's story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the Man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for the Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote's picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching - Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval


Tue 19th February

Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tezier, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Christof Loy Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Donna Leonora: Anna Netrebko Don Alvaro: Jonas Kaufmann Don Carlo di Vargas: Ludovic Tezier

Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids her marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi's epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny), an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. This production comes to the Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera.

Apprioximate running time: 4 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Tue 2nd April

Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar's spectacular production of Gounod's best-loved opera.

Music: Charles-Francois Gounod Director: David McVicar Conductor: Dan Ettinger

Faust: Michael Fabiano Mephistopheles: Erwin Schrott Marguerite: Diana Damrau

There are many versions of the story of Faust, whotrades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod's opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Mephistopheles. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle - the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes sevral of popular opera's most recognisable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

Approximate running time: 3 hours 45 minutes including one interval

Sung in French with English surtitles


Tue 30th April

Showing As Live on 21 May, recorded on 16 May

Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of The Royal Ballet.

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Crystal Pite Music: Ezio Bosso, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (and tbc)

The contemporary face of the Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon's 'Within the Golden Hoour' is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso, and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite's 'Flight Pattern', revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Gorecki's familiar music from his 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' for a poignant and passionate reflection migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Chekaoui, created on the Royal Ballet, has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up to date.

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals


Tue 21st May

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-Century ballet masterpiece.

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Shakespeare's enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with the Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story's tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets.

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals


Tue 11th June