10/16 - 10/22
Tom Hanks stars in this Steven Spielberg film about an American lawyer recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot detained by the Soviet Union. 135 min.
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! 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.
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.
10th anniversary screening of Port Townsend director Ward Serrill's thrilling documentary about the Roosevelt High Roughriders girls' basketball team. Released to wide acclaim, this moving documentary is a portrait of an eccentric new coach and a troubled star from the inner-city whose off-court struggles threaten to crush the star athlete's dreams. Q & A with director Serrill. 97 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.
Spend you Halloween night enjoying the dark debauched world of this cult classic film starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. Hosted by the mysterious and legendary Fräulein Fanny Spänker. With a costume contest and prizes. Sing and dance along to your heart's content.
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.
Playing in the Starlight Room
If your Thanksgiving this year turns out to be a wee bit challenging, then revisiting this hilarious comedy from 1987 will make you feel much better. Featuring a riotous Steve Martin and John Candy, this Thanksgiving tale is one for the ages. Directed by John Hughes. 93 min.
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.
Wow, the anticipation for this movie is over the top. And who better to reboot the series than J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Star Trek, Mission Impossible III). Set 30 years after Episode VI, the saga continues with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Simon Pegg, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, and Lupita Nyong'o.
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.