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Bitsy Game Design Workshop

A one-day workshop to introduce young people to the basics of computer game design and interactive fiction using Bitsy.

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Tuesday 14 Apr 202010:00am Book Now (Closed)

World War Two on Screen (18+)

A visual tour through films – contemporary and classic – dealing with World War II, the people who experienced it and the way it changed the world.

Cinema has always wrestled with the concept of war, as have artists of all stripes. Just days before the 75th anniversary of VE Day, this one-day course examines representations of World War Two on screen.


Tutor Kenton Hall will take you on a visual tour through contemporary and classic films dealing with World War Two, the people who experienced it and the way it changed the world.


This is the second in a series of one-day courses exploring depictions of war on film – Vietnam War on Screen will run on Sat 7 Nov, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the conflict (tickets on sale nearer the time).

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Saturday 2 May 202010:30am Book Now

70s Hollywood (18)

From Jaws and Annie Hall, to All The President’s Men and Apocalypse Now, the seventies was the period that shook the studios. Join us for an exploration of the decade's defining films.

From Jaws and Annie Hall, to All The President’s Men and Apocalypse Now, the seventies was the period that shook the studios.


Join tutor Alan Seaman for an exploration of the decade in which Hollywood turned radical, then conservative.


Course Breakdown:


Week 1:  Road movies

Week 2:  Sci-fi

Week 3:  War

Week 4:  Comedy

Week 5:  Conspiracy and paranoia

Week 6:  Blockbusters

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Thursday 14 May 20202:00pm Book Now

Hermitage: The Power of Art (12A)

Hermitage: The Power of Art tells the great stories and events that have passed down the corridors of world-famous Hermitage Museum and through the streets of St. Petersburg.


Presented and narrated by multi award-winning actor Toni Servillo, Hermitage: The Power of Art tells the great stories and events that have passed down the corridors of world-famous Hermitage Museum and through the streets of St. Petersburg: from its foundation by Peter I to the splendour of Catherine the Great; from the triumph of Alexander I against Napoleon, to the 1917 Revolution; and down to the present day.


The spectacular imagery brings the viewer through the magnificent interiors of the museum and the Winter Palace, to the Theatre, to Raphael’s Loggias, to the Portrait Gallery of Heroes from the 1812 War. Works from Leonard, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt and many, many more adorn the walls, whilst outside the walls the legend of St Petersburg is conveyed through poems and stories, both during the day and its night-time splendour, all in stunning 4K.


The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, is the world’s second largest art museum attracting over 4.2 million visitors from across the globe in 2018. The vast museum features more than 3 million works of art within its 66,842 sq. metres of exhibition space with a tour route of over 30kms!


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Wednesday 3 Jun 20206:15pm Book Now

The Winter's Tale (RSC) (TBC)

This new RSC production imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with the horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale as King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy.

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.


King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy, but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?


A moving new production directed by deputy artistic director Erica Whyman.

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Wednesday 10 Jun 20207:00pm Book Now

Berliner Philharmoniker LIVE: Season Finale (TBC)

Enjoy the conclusion of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2019/20 Live season with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s powerful Symphony No 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”.

Enjoy the conclusion of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2019/20 Live season with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s powerful Symphony No 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”.


Broadcast live from Berlin, this spectacular season finale concert will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and insights into the programme.

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Friday 12 Jun 20206:30pm Book Now

Leopoldstadt (12A)

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.


At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.


We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.


Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is magnificent’ (Independent) and should not be missed.


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Thursday 25 Jun 20207:00pm Book Now
Tuesday 30 Jun 20207:30pm Book Now

Reappraised: Classics that Bombed (18)

Join us as we explore and reappraise some of the films that were considered failures on initial release but are now seen as classics.

As films are increasingly judged on their immediate financial and critical success, we review some of the movies that failed to set the box office on fire when they were originally released but are today hailed as classics.


Join tutor Kenton Hall for a visual tour of "classics that bombed"... you may be surprised at some of the films that are on the list!

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Saturday 27 Jun 202010:30am Book Now

Frida Kahlo (12A)

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of most iconic female artists, to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.


This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons, Frida Kahlo – a prolific self-portraitist who used the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life.  


Through interviews, commentary and Frida’s own words, Exhibition on Screen uncovers that, in fact, hers was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, Exhibition on Screen explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.


Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine this great artist, displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen. This personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.


We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?

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Tuesday 7 Jul 20206:15pm Book Now
Sunday 12 Jul 20203:00pm Book Now

The Comedy of Errors (TBC)

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision sees a man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else.

A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else.


“So I to find a mother and a brother

In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”


How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?


Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012).


Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors.


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Wednesday 15 Jul 20207:00pm Book Now

Jack Absolute Flies Again (TBC)

From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors comes a hilarious new play, set in 1940s British summertime.

From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors comes a hilarious new play, set in 1940s British summertime.


After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his fearless young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell. Once back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. He sets his sights on winning her heart, but with turbulence and hilarity never far away, his advances quickly turn to anarchy.


Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) directs a cast including Caroline Quentin and Richard Fleeshman in this joyous farce.


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Thursday 23 Jul 20207:00pm Book Now
Thursday 6 Aug 20207:30pm Book Now

In Search of Haydn (12A)

Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians. By speaking to some of the greatest exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work.


Haydn’s life spanned from the end of the Baroque period to Napoleon’s invasion of Vienna, outliving his younger friend Mozart. He was one of the most prolific composers,

producing more than 100 symphonies, 64 quartets, 16 extant operas, 51 piano sonatas and the oratorios ‘The Creation’ and ‘The Seasons’.


Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts and detailed extracts from Haydn’s personal recollections, the audience gains tremendous insight not only into Haydn’s music, but an appreciation of the artist himself.


The emphasis of the film is on the performance and interpretation of the works of Haydn – the composer both Mozart and Beethoven looked up to.

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Tuesday 11 Aug 20206:30pm Book Now

Pericles (TBC)

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers in the RSC production of Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).


Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle.


Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

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Wednesday 23 Sep 20207:00pm Book Now

Concerto: A Beethoven Journey (12A)

Filmed over four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

Filmed over the course of four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’ attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos.


Considered one of the top pianists of the age, Leif Ove Andsnes offers rare insights into the mind of a world-class pianist and access to his personal and professional life.


Against the wonderful background of Leif Ove playing these five pieces, we also show how these works offer a new and fresh way of examining Beethoven’s life and work.


Leif Ove Andsnes’s own life as a pianist is also revealed, and despite knowing and performing all the great composers, he concludes after this major project with Beethoven’s piano concerti – and a world-wide

sell-out tour – that the greatest composer in history is indeed Ludwig van Beethoven.


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Wednesday 16 Dec 20206:30pm Book Now