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WHAT'S ON

Fri 23rd & Sun 25th Feb
Despite the miniaturist theme of Downsizing, Alexander Payne’s (Nebraska, The Descendants) audacious, fantastical sci-fi comedy about a couple who shrink themselves in search of a better life, starring Matt Damon, Kristin Wiig, Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz – it truly contains multitudes. Paul (Damon) wants a fresh start with Audrey (Wiig) in an overpopulated world that has seemingly found a solution to its problems: ‘cellular miniaturisation’.

Sat 24th Feb
Stanley Donen’s legendary romantic music comedy is a gloriously airy classic starring Gene Kelly at his quicksilver best – dancing with exquisite skill as silent film star Don Lockwood – alongside the late Debbie Reynolds in her most effervescent screen role. It’s both a story of the arrival of the talkies and a charming love story, as Lockwood finds himself captivated by ‘serious’ actress Kathy (Reynolds).

Sat 24th to Tues 27th Feb & Thurs 1st March
Sam Claflin heads a superb array of British acting talent – including Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, and Tom Sturridge – in this piercing adaptation of R.C. Sheriff’s seminal anti-war play, released in the centenary year of the Armistice. New recruit Raleigh (Butterfield) has come to join his childhood hero Captain Stanhope (Claflin) on the front line; but finds him altered almost beyond recognition by the traumaof war.

Weds 28th February
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot (Alice in Wonderland Oct 17).King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart.

Thurs 1 March
The Final Year will invoke intense nostalgia in those missing the cogency, dignity and quietude of the Obama presidency. With unprecedented access, it tracks Obama and his foreign policy team through 2016 as they travel the world attempting to solidify policies to define their legacy, promote diplomacy over military action and fundamentally change the governmental approach to war and peace.

Tues 6th March
Bizet’s classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky’s intense production. The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her. Carmen grows bored of Don José and falls in love with Escamillo. Unable to bear her leaving him, Don José tracks Carmen down and murders her.

Tues 27th March
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

Weds 11th April
Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.

Thurs 10th May
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Tues 12th June
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Sun 17th June
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.