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Sun 23rd & 27th December
Mike Leigh orchestrates a superb ensemble cast including Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake in this rousing, sweeping tale of a defining moment in British democracy: the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Weaving class consciousness, family dynamics, hypocrisy, humanism and the stories of everyday people into a socialist tapestry, Leigh depicts an historic act of state brutality with huge contemporary relevance.

Mon 24th December
Oscar-winning director Frank Capra’s (It Happened One Night) masterpiece, the profoundly charming It’s a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart (Rear Window) as everyman George Bailey, whose youthful dreams have been overwhelmed by responsibilities to his community; down on his luck and on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve when a guardian angel (Henry Travers) arrives to show him how the sleepy town of Bedford Falls would have ended up if he’d never existed. Set on Christmas Eve, this profoundly touching reverse-Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.

Fri 28th to Mon 31st December; Tues 1st to Thurs 3rd January
Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) go on an exciting new adventure! When the steering wheel controller on the Sugar Rush game console breaks, they must evacuate to other games and go on a quest for a replacement – along the way encountering new worlds and characters including those of Disney Princesses, The Muppets, Star Wars, Marvel Comics and more.

Fri 28th & Sat 29th December; Tues 1st & Thurs 3rd January
Robert Redford will surely garner an Oscar nomination for his sly, gloriously charismatic performance – perhaps the best of his career – in David Lowery’s (A Ghost Story) tremendously enjoyable drama. Based on a true story, it follows sixty-something bank robber Forrest (Redford), who despite his age, multiple spells in jail and romance with Jewel (Sissy Spacek); remains committed to his choices. With Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Casey Affleck.

Sun 30th December & Thurs 3rd January
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Still Walking; Like Father, Like Son) Shoplifters is an exceptional drama about the forces holding a struggling family together. In Tokyo, the Shibatas happen upon a little girl after one of their shoplifting sessions; and despite their poverty, they take her in. A rare depiction of Japanese urban underclass, full of Kore-eda’s trademark humanism and nuanced moral inquiry.

Monday 31st December at 4pm (Doors 3pm)
Celebrate the end of 2018 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Concert. The only live cinema broadcast of the 2018/19 Berliner Philharmoniker Concert season, this fantastic event will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and Broadcast LIVE from Berlin in high definition and 5.1 surround sound to selected cinemas across the UK.

Weds 2nd January
Melding melodrama with screwball farce, black comedy Women on the Verge… secured Pedro Almodóvar’s place at the vanguard of modern European cinema. Starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas, it tells the story of Pepa (Maura) whose post-break-up suffering is fortunately interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events; as well as many other characters on the brink of emotional collapse.

Tues 22nd January
Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889. He based it on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers. He and his brother Modest (his co-librettist) dramatically altered Pushkin’s plot, turning Gherman from a cynical opportunist into an ardent lover and Liza into a tragic figure. Tchaikovsky put a great deal of work into the opera’s premiere at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1890, and was thrilled by its success.

Weds 30th January
Verdi based La traviata on Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La Dame aux camélias, inspired by the life and death of the real Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis. Verdi offered a more complex and sympathetic portrayal of his heroine than Dumas, highlighting Violetta’s noble nature and her devotion to Alfredo. La traviata had an initially lukewarm reception, but after Verdi revised the work in 1854 it became enormously successful. It is currently the most performed opera in the world, and the role of Violetta a favourite for many star sopranos.