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ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd September
On the 60th anniversary of the popular French comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Cesar and his invading army.

SOLIDARITY WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

Sun 22nd September
Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were labelled ‘troublemakers’ for speaking out and secretively denied employment. Activists uncovered alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. Solidarity attentively follows meetings between activists and law students, brought together for the film, revealing the determination of a community working together to find a route to justice. Stay after the film for an audience Q&A with director Lucy Parker.

SURREAL REELS: BAIT

Sun 22nd & Mon 23rd September
Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb and stag parties to his harbour village.

THE SOUVENIR

Fri 20th, Sat 21st & Tues 24th to Thurs 26th September
Julie, a young, quietly ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) embarks on her first serious love affair with the mysterious Anthony (Tom Burke). She’s trying to develop a documentary project set in working-class Sunderland, a
community at odds with her own moneyed background, and also based around a boy called Tony

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Thurs 26th September
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

DOWNTON ABBEY

Fri 27th September to Thurs 3rd October
The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house

THE LION KING

Sat 28th to Sun 29th September
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

FLEABAG

Saturday 28th September
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Saturday 28th is an encore screening: the show was recorded live.

HAIL SATAN?

Sun 29th September
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).

WISE CHILDREN

Thurs 3rd October
Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

AD ASTRA

Fri 4th to Thurs 10th Oct (excl. Tues 8th)
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

UGLYDOLLS

Sat 5th & Sun 6th October
The much-beloved global plush toy phenomenon UglyDolls hits the big screen with this fun-packed new animated musical adventure, featuring the acting and singing voices of a wonderful cast, including Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. Unconventionality rules at the film’s warm-hearted core, as the ever-optimistic UglyDolls confront accepted notions of beauty.

NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG

Sat 5th & Sun 6th October
Adapted from the acclaimed novel Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn the story follows a white author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakota’s by a 95 year old Lakota elder and his side-kick.

ROYAL OPERA: DON GIOVANNI

Tues 8th October
Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.

BILLY CONNOLLY: THE SEX LIFE OF BANDAGES

Thurs 10th October
Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

THE GOLDFINCH

Fri 11th to Thurs 17th October
The Goldfinch is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed best-selling novel, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

ASTRO KID

Sat 12th & Sun 13th October
Following the destruction of their space-ship, ten-yearold Willy gets separated from his parents, while traveling through the galaxy. As his rescue capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet, he befriends the friendly robot Buck and kooky alien Flash. Together they adventure through the wild and mysterious planet, discovering its wildlife and beauty but also the dangers that lie beneath!

HONEYLAND

Sat 12th October
In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves

INNA DE YARD

Sun 13th October
Joyous and vibrant, set against the lush green mountains of Jamaica, Inna de Yard sees a superstar group of reggae legends gather to record a new album of infectious hits in an unplugged style that harks back to their roots. The musicians include Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Cedric Myton and Judy Mowatt whose iconic songs
capture the poetry and passion of their homeland.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Thurs 17th October
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London in summer 2019. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

JUDY

Fri 18th to Thurs 24th October
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk
of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have
the strength to go on?

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October
Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner).

THE FAREWELL

Sat 19th, Sun 20th & Tues 22nd Oct
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S. raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself.

ROYAL OPERA: DON PASQUALE

Thurs 24th October
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

ABOMINABLE

Fri 25th to Thurs 31st October
When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in a modern Chinese city, she and her mischievous friends, Jin and Peng, name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

THE DAY SHALL COME

Fri 25, Sat 26 & Tue 29 to Thu 31 Oct
In Miami, where poverty sits uneasily alongside wealth and gentrification, impoverished, mentally unstable preacher Moses leads a small, haphazard band of fellow African-American locals. Angered by racial inequities, they’re ostensibly planning a race war but when FBI agent Kendra, who’s trying to identify terrorists before they strike, spots an opportunity to exploit, and capitalise on, his madcap revolutionary dreams.

TEATIME CLASSICS: THE THIRD MAN

Sat 26th October
Carol Reed’s noirish thriller, penned by Graham Greene, is justly considered one of the greatest films of all time. Joseph Cotten is American writer Holly Martins, in a damaged, divided post-war Vienna to visit his old friend Harry Lime, only to be told he has mysteriously died. A brilliantly sinister depiction of personal and political corruption.

THE BEST OF: WOMEN OVER FIFTY FILM FESTIVAL

Sun 27th October
Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF) runs from Sept 20th – 22nd 2019 at Lewes Depot and champions and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera with an annual short film festival and year-round events and film screenings. This year, Hebden Bridge Picture House is pleased to partner with WOFFF to deliver you the Best of the Fest showcasing 13 short films. Visit hbph.co.uk for the full list of short films, and event information – usual cinema prices apply.

SUZI Q

Sun 27th October
Trailblazer. Inspirator. Survivor. Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke out around the world in 1973. Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Accept no substitutes.

SURREAL REELS: ROJO

Mon 28th October
Claudio is a middle-aged lawyer with a prosperous life in a placid provincial town in mid-70’s Argentina, just before the military coup. One night he enters a restaurant where he is verbally attacked by a mysterious stranger, their argument continues on the street outside, and then escalates even more with drastic consequences.

NORTHERN BALLET: DRACULA

Thurs 31st October
With darkly Gothic sets and costumes, Northern Ballet is resurrecting Bram Stoker’s classic horror story for special LIVE screenings in cinemas this Halloween. ​​The haunting tale of passion and immortality is played out through ​a unique blend of sensuous dancing​ and​ gripping theatre​ – ​this is ballet with a dramatic bite​.

ROYAL BALLET: CONCERTO / ENIGMA VARIATIONS / RAYMONDA ACT III

Tues 5th November
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: HANSARD

Thurs 7th November
See Olivier Award-winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand new play from Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

42ND STREET: THE MUSICAL

Sun 10th November
The largest ever production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical theatre spectacular. Filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London’s West End in 2018. A tap-dancing, show-stopping extravaganza – winner of 4 WhatsOnStage Awards.

RSC LIVE: TIMON OF ATHENS

Thurs 21st November
In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved. Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.

ROYAL BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER

Tues 17 December
The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Tues 24th December
Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic follows the tribulations of small town everyman George Bailey (James Stewart), who, at the end of his luck and deep in debt, contemplates suicide one snowy, bleak Christmas Eve. But when George wishes that he had never been born, his guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) takes a trip from the heavens to persuade him otherwise.

ROYAL BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Thurs 16th January
This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

ROYAL OPERA: LA BOHEME

Wed 29th January
Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.

ROYAL OPERA: FIDELIO

17th March 2020
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

ROYAL BALLET: SWAN LAKE

Weds 1st April
Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.

ROYAL OPERA: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Tue 21st April
Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.

ROYAL BALLET: THE DANTE PROJECT

Thu 28th May
Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light.

ROYAL OPERA: ELEKTRA

Thu 18th June
Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere.