Event cinema at the Kino, Rye, from Friday, February 1
ROH Opera Encore: La Traviata (215 mins)
Monday, February 4, 7pm
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular 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. Richard Eyre’s production brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Starring Ermonela Jaho, Charles Castronovo and Plácido Domingo.
All Is True [PG] 145 mins, plus satellite Q&A
Wednesday, February 6 at 5:50pm
This special-event screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A with director/actor Kenneth Branagh and writer Ben Elton.
The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh as the Bard himself, written by Ben Elton and starring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Lolita Chakrabarti and Kathryn Wilder.
Exhibition On Screen: Young Picasso (91 mins)
Thursday, February 7 at 8pm; booking now
Many films have dealt with Pablo Picasso’s later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? The film explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and the Rose Period – the film takes us to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was just 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.
ROH Live Ballet: Don Quixote
Tuesday, February 19, 7:15pm; booking now. Live from Covent Garden
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.
ROH Live Opera: La Forza Del Destino – Tuesday, April 2, 6:15pm
RSC Live: As You Like It – Wednesday, April 17
ROH Live Opera: Faust – Tuesday, April 30, 6:45pm
NT Live: All My Sons, starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman – Tuesday, May 14
ROH Ballet: Within The Golden Hour/New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Flight Pattern – Thursday, May 16, 7:15pm
RSC Live: The Taming Of The Shrew – Wednesday June 5
ROH Live Ballet: Romeo & Juliet – Tuesday, June 11, 7:15pm
RSC Live: Measure For Measure – Wednesday, July 31
Ticket prices: Adults £20; members and concessions £18; children 14 and under £12.50. Please note that the Tuesday 2-for-1 ticket offer does not apply to live, opera, ballet, National Theatre or RSC events. Kino member free tickets cannot be used for live, opera, ballet, National Theatre or RSC events.
Image Credits: Picture: Royal Opera House.