Here comes the Big Friendly Giant! Roald Dahl's beloved classic comes to soaring life in this film adaptation about a young girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. At 24-feet tall, with enormous ears, he keeps to himself, drinking Frobscottle and enjoying Snozzcumbers, unlike the infamous Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater. A riotously delightful film!
The Silk Road Ensemble is an extraordinary group of musicians, led by Yo-Yo Ma, that celebrates the universal power of music. The international collective reaches across the globe in this intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
This all-female reboot of the classic '80s film is already generating a huge amount of buzz. Catch four of the funniest women on the planet bust some ghosts! Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Directed by Paul Feig. 108 min.
Famed master director David Lean shines with Brief Encounter (1945) a passionate and heartbreakingly romantic film about a woman considering an affair with a stranger she meets on a train. Tremendous performances and stunning noir-like visuals, accompanied by a swooning Rachmaninoff score. Explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance. Long considered one of the best films of its generation.
7/23 - 7/24
Back as part of the NTLive Encore series! This critically-lauded play from the National Theatre returns for an encore run! For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Helen Mirren enchants as Elizabeth in her many decades.
A gritty John Le Carré spy tale featuring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgaard, Naomi Harris and Damian Lewis. When Peter and his girlfriend cross paths with a charismatic stranger on their Moroccan holiday, they soon find themselves in over their head on a journey from Paris to safe house in the Swiss Alps, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in. 108 min.
The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. A thriving 3-year-old who inexplicably went silent was only able to connect with people through repeated viewings of animated movies. PG, 91 min.
THE FITS is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted. 72 min.
Ben (Viggo Mortenson) and his six children live off the grid in rural Washington, where they hunt and farm and joyously celebrate Noam Chomsky's birthday like it's Christmas. When tragedy strikes, the family is forced out into the 'real' word on a journey to New Mexico to visit Ben's in-laws. Gorgeously shot and equal parts hilarious and moving, the film surely earns the lofty praise of its title. R, 118 min.
HOCKNEY is the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life. NR, 112 min.
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of his cinematic counterpart, Antoine, the film sensitively re-creates the trials of his own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. It marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. With a special introduction by The 400 Blows scholar Ted Walch.
A hard-to-handle foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman in his sixties (Sam Neill) are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a deliciously good time at the movies. PG-13, 101 min.
8/20 & 8/28
An explosive new adaptation from London's Almeida Theatre, starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare's most notorious villain, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. This searing production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong in this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. Arthur Miller's masterpiece confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate Brooklyn tale.
A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, THE GOLDEN AGE makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. It has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.
10/29 - 10/30
An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature.
11/12 & 11/27
Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is illuminated by Helen McCrory, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. London 1952: When Hester Collyer is found in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
A laugh-out-loud masterpiece with bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities and many colorful characters. The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in this brilliantly choreographed smash of a ballerina who decides to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson.
11/19 - 11/20
Hamlet returns for two encore presentations. 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. 195 min.
12/3 - 12/4
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the Archie Rice, with John Hurt as Billy Rice. A tremendous production.
12/11 & 12/17
The National Theatre of London's most successful show of all time careens across the screen in this tremendous production. A WWI tale of a boy and his horse, featuring the most incredible life-size puppets you've ever seen. WAR HORSE is a visual stunner.
12/18 & 12/23
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince, with music by Tchaikovsky! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other.
A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
The Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level. With music by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven and Max Richter.
“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.