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Fri 16th to Thurs 22nd March
The triumphant, Oscar-nominated directorial debut by actress Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is a real must-see. Set in 2002 California, it stars (also Oscar-nominated) Saoirse Ronan as confused, precocious teenager Christine or ‘Lady Bird’ (her preferred name) whose lofty aspirations put her at odds with her more practical mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). An immensely funny, authentic and moving coming-of-age story.

Fri 23rd to Thurs 29th March (excluding Sun 25th, Tues 27th & Weds 28th)
A delightful and moving comedy drama with an all star British cast including Joanna Lumley and Timothy Spall. On the eve of retirement, ‘Lady’ Susan Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband is having an affair and flees to London, where she gets a culture shock when she moves in with her estranged sister Bif (Celia Imrie) on an impoverished estate.

Sat 24th & Sun 25th March

Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) is brilliantly cast as Belle in Bill Condon’s gorgeous, sweeping live action remake of Disney’s classic. A young prince (Dan Stevens), imprisoned in the form of a terrifying beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when Belle arrives in his enchanted castle… An all star cast includes Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Sat 24th March
While referenda always divide people, Brexit did so in a manner unprecedented in modern British history: old pitted against young, nationalists against migrants, the working class against ‘elites’… But beneath these binaries are human beings whose individual stories all fed into this historic and perplexing vote. Featuring contributors including Noam Chomsky, Brexitannia explores the shifting identities of ordinary Britons in a world changing faster than ever.

Sun 25th, Weds 28th & Thurs 29th March
An Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie stars in Craig Gillespie’s blackly comic biopic of ‘90s figure skater Tonya Harding, whose career was ended by her seeming role in the infamous attack on her fellow Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan. With a superb (also Oscar-nominated) turn from Allison Janney as her brutal mother, Gillespie explores Harding’s hard-knocks route to the rink and the difficulties of being working class in an elite world.

Sun 25th March
What would you do if your income were taken care of? Globalisation, automation, Donald Trump – the middle class is falling apart. Is it time for a rethink? Free Lunch Society explores the increasingly popular idea of a Universal Basic Income. From Alaska’s oil fields to the Namibian steppes, it takes us on a highly topical, thought-provoking global journey, daring us to imagine a brave new world.

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.

Fri 30th March & Mon 2nd to Thurs 5th April
Nominated for Best Animation at the upcoming Golden Globes, this triumphant family feature has become a smash hit worldwide, with a clever story woven around Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday.

Fri 30th March to Thurs 5th April (excluding Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd April)
A funny, touching, Yorkshire-set story. Mark (Stephen Graham) has long dreamt of becoming a wrestler, taking after his father (Dave Johns), champion leader of ‘The Panthers’ – but lost his shot when TV wrestling was cancelled. Now, 30 years later, his local pub is threatened with closure – and after an unplanned brawl makes The Panthers into an internet sensation, they squeeze into their leotards for one last rumble.

Sat 31st March & Sun 1st April
The bickering Wishbone family gets monstered when mum Emma (Emily Watson) falls foul of a witch. Dad (Nick Frost) becomes a flatulent Frankenstein, daughter Fay (Jessica Brown Findlay) mutates into a mummy, son Max (Ethan Rouse) is bitten by a werewolf bug, and Emma becomes a vampire. To reverse the curse they must show they can get along…but Dracula (Jason Isaacs) has other ideas.

Sat 31st March & Thurs 5th April
Vividly recreating a medieval world tormented by plague and superstition, Bergman’s classic allegorical drama centres on Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), a disillusioned Swedish knight. Returning from the Crusades to find his country gripped by the Black Death, he challenges Death himself (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match in order to postpone his fate. One of Bergman’s most iconic, powerfully imagistic films.