9/11 - 9/17
Nelly Lenz, a Jewish singer, has survived the Nazi concentration camps, but at what cost? She is disfigured and has had to undergo facial surgery. Back in what is left of Berlin, she has only one thing in mind, finding Johnny, her musician husband in the ruins of the city. "A complex mystery of disguise and deceit. Nina Hoss is astonishing." - The Guardian
9/18 - 9/23
The first film in The Apu Trilogy. The release in 1955 of Panther Panchali introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life introduces us to both little Apu and the women who will help shape him. An immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power. 125 min.
9/19 - 9/23
The final film in The Apu Trilogy. This extraordinary chapter brings our protagonist's journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. The film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as a result of a of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood. Apu Sansar is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy. 105 min.
The second film in the Apu Trilogy. Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Panther Panchali, but after the film's international success, he decided to continue Apu's narrative. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. 109 min.
Playing in the Starlight Room
Join us for our next Classics Night in the Starlight Room with this seminal film, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter.
Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. With Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Marcia Gay Harden. 79 min.
10/2 - 10/8
During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Whatney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Whatney has survived and finds himself stranded alone on the hostile planet. Directed by Ridley Scott, with a star-studded cast - Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover.
10/2 - 10/8
Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's roadblocks. Directed by Isabel Coixet, who also directed Elegy (Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz), which played at the Rose in 2008. 90 min.
Met Opera Live! Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past.
The ‘Beaux’: two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money. Don't miss this jubilant and hilarious production from the National Theatre.
The Boshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama about a young peasant girl's ghostly revenge on the lover who spurned her. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 20 min.
Met Opera Live! Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise.
An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl's life - from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, this eight time Oscar-winning musical has been restored frame-by-frame from the original negative, under the supervision of Robert Harris, famed film historian and preservationist. Don't miss this one-time-only screening of one of Audrey Hepburn's most notable films. With gorgeous orchestrations and sweeping visuals, this will be an event to remember. 170 min.
Playing in the Starlight Room
This classic French heist film was an international hit in 1955 and re-established Jules Dessin as a major director. The film's most famous sequence is the 28-minute heist scene, played without a line of dialogue or a note of music is still one of the most nerve-racking sequences on film. The fictional burglary has been mimicked by criminals around the world. 122 min.
Met Opera Live! James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago.
75th anniversary presentation! There have been a handful of groundbreaking films where the soundtrack has become inextricably linked to the cinematic achievement of the film itself. There is perhaps no greater example of this marriage than Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece. This event screening will include a newly recorded behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 156 min.
This opulent triptych was inspired by George Balanchine's visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. The Bolshoi is only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his abstract masterpiece. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 5 min.
Met Opera Live! Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale, who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen thrills in the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death.
11/1, 11/7, 11/8, 11/14
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament.
A young bourgeois, falls madly in love with a gorgeous courtesan. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. Estimated Run Time: 3 hrs, 5 min.
A holiday tradition for children and parents alike. The Boshoi's version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 10 min.
Another tremendous stage production from London. This acclaimed re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.
Met Opera Live! Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. The timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance play out in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met.
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 5 min.
Met Opera Live! Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.
Met Opera Live! The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting.
In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strength for which the Bolshoi's male dancers are renowned. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 50 min.
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years. Rosalind is banished from court and with and her cousin journeys to the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, she experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
Met Opera Live! Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais takes on the title role and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Met Opera Live! Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.
Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed. Estimated Run Time: 3 hrs, 10 min.
Met Opera Live! The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme — unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner — who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance.