Alternative Viewing

During our period of closure, here’s some alternative options that you can view for free. You can see what you may have missed with us here.

BILLY LIAR – Tuesday 31 March 2020
Talking Pictures TV at 10pm – Freeview 81, Freesat 306, Sky 328, Virgin 445

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

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ONE MAN. TWO GUVNORS – Thursday 02 April 2020
NT Live at 7pm
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A Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden as Francis Henshall in this hilarious West End and Broadway hit.

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ACIS AND GALATEA (2009) – Friday 03 April 2020
Royal Opera House at 7pm TBC

Acis and Galatea is a musical work by George Frideric Handel. The work has been variously described as a serenata, a masque, a pastoral or pastoral opera, a “little opera” (in a letter by the composer while it was being written), an entertainment and by the New Grove Dictionary of Music as an oratorio. The work was originally devised as a one-act masque which premiered in 1718.

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THE RAINMAKER – Saturday 04 April 2020
Talking Pictures TV at 6.50pm – Freeview 81, Freesat 306, Sky 328, Virgin 445

Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can’t make up for the fact that she’s just plain plain. Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secret yen, won’t take a chance — until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck – profession: Rainmaker.

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JANE EYRE – Thursday 09 April 2020
NT Live at 7pm
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This bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

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COSI FAN TUTTE (2010) – Friday 10 April 2020
Royal Opera House at 7pm TBC

Don Alfonso and his young military friends, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are discussing the fidelity of women. … Fiordiligi and Dorabella are singing the praises of their lovers, when Don Alfonso enters and tells them of the new military order. The young will have to depart for battlefield.

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TREASURE ISLAND – Thursday 16 April 2020
NT Live at 7pm
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Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling stage adaptation.​ Featuring Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver.

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THE METAMORPHOSIS (2013) – Friday 17 April 2020
Royal Opera House at 7pm TBC

Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, awakes one morning to find that he has been turned into a monstrous insect. His mother, father and younger sister respond to his transformation in very different ways.
Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella had its premiere at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre in 2011. The role of Gregor Samsa was created for Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, and draws on his extraordinary technical abilities. The unusual and absurd story is conveyed through startling choreography – an intelligent presentation of the pressures and yearnings of the young Kafka.

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TWELFTH NIGHT – Thursday 23 April 2020
NT Live at 7pm
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Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia.

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GLORIANA (2013) – Friday 24 April 2020
Royal Opera House at 7pm TBC

Queen Elizabeth I of England has become infatuated with the young Earl of Essex. Essex admires the Queen but is keen to exploit her feelings to gain power and status. When he becomes a danger to the state, Elizabeth is forced to choose between duty and her personal feelings for Essex.

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THE WINTER’S TALE (2014) – Friday 01 May 2020
The Royal Ballet at 7pm TBC

Two kings separated as children are reunited in adulthood. One king, Leontes of Sicilia, marries Hermione, giving her a beautiful emerald. They have a son, Mamilllius, and are blissfully happy. The other king, Polixenes of Bohemia, visits the court of Leontes. He is delighted to be reunited with his old friend and stays for nine months. By the time of his departure, Hermione is about to give birth to her second child.

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