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Workshops

Drawing from Life Club: Life Drawing

23 January - 26 November 2024

Our monthly Drawing from Life Club invites you to draw from a live model alongside our associate artist Paul Berryman exploring observational figurative drawing.

All skill levels are welcome but please note that these sessions are only lightly guided.

£20

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Exhibitions

MK Calling 2024

22 June - 29 September 2024

To celebrate 25 years at the heart of Milton Keynes’ art and culture scene, we have partnered with five local community groups to co-curate this year’s open call summer exhibition.

From Free - £3

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Exhibitions

Modesty Unravelled

5 July - 4 August 2024

Project Space

Curated by Rena Al-Jawad

Explore freedom of dress & expression in the lives of Muslim women through the lens of history & political upheaval, culminating in a new collection of artistic fashion illustrations.

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Cinema

Freud’s Last Session (12A)

19 - 23 July 2024

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis debate the existence of God as World War II begins, in a fictional British drama which contains discussions of sex in the context of psychoanalysis and occasional grisly scenes of illness and war.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Àma Gloria (12A)

19 - 23 July 2024

A six-year-old girl spends a last summer with her adored nanny in this tender French drama which contains scenes of a child going through emotional upheaval that may upset younger viewers.

From Free - £9

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Upcoming

Workshops

Drawing from Life Club: Portrait Drawing

16 January - 17 December 2024

Our monthly Drawing from Life Club invites you to draw from a live model alongside our associate artist Paul Berryman exploring the art of portraiture.

All skill levels are welcome but please note that these sessions are only lightly guided.

£15

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Workshops

Drawing from Life Club: Life Drawing

23 January - 26 November 2024

Our monthly Drawing from Life Club invites you to draw from a live model alongside our associate artist Paul Berryman exploring observational figurative drawing.

All skill levels are welcome but please note that these sessions are only lightly guided.

£20

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Learning

Maker Space: Artist Masterclasses for 11-14 Year-olds

21 February - 30 October 2024

Taking place over school holidays, Maker Space is a programme of artist masterclasses for 11–14 year-olds. Led by practicing artists, the workshops offer young people the opportunity to learn from the artists themselves, to experiment with different art forms, materials and mediums.

£25

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Exhibitions

MK Calling 2024

22 June - 29 September 2024

To celebrate 25 years at the heart of Milton Keynes’ art and culture scene, we have partnered with five local community groups to co-curate this year’s open call summer exhibition.

From Free - £3

Read more

Exhibitions

Modesty Unravelled

5 July - 4 August 2024

Project Space

Curated by Rena Al-Jawad

Explore freedom of dress & expression in the lives of Muslim women through the lens of history & political upheaval, culminating in a new collection of artistic fashion illustrations.

Read more

Cinema

Inside Out 2 (U)

12 July - 4 August 2024

Follow Riley, in her teenage years, encountering new emotions.

From Free - £9

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Accessible Events

Toddle Exhibition Tour: MK Calling 2024

13 July - 3 August 2024

A fun-filled sensory experience for you and your little ones! See our exhibition MK Calling 2024 in a whole new light, with our sensory tour guide Julia Collar, who will ignite the galleries with music, story-telling, object handling and play. Not to be missed!

£5

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Accessible Events

SEND Exhibition Tour: MK Calling 2024

13 July - 3 August 2024

Join artist Julia Collar for a magical multi-sensory tour of MK Calling 2024! Julia will bring a selection of artworks to life through storytelling, object handling, music, and play. This event is designed especially for individuals of all ages with additional and complex support needs, and their families. Makaton signing is used throughout.

£5

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Accessible Events

Relaxed Exhibition Viewing: MK Calling 2024

21 July - 15 September 2024

Our Relaxed Exhibition Viewings are quiet hours tailored to support visitors with neurodivergence, inclusive of communication or sensory needs, autism and learning disabilities.

From Free - £3

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Scarygirl (PG)

23 - 25 July 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Wonka (PG)

23 July - 15 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

The Bikeriders (15)

26 - 30 July 2024

This US drama in which a 1960s motorcycle club faces challenges which lead to events taking a sinister and violent turn includes intense fight scenes with tragic consequences, as well as a scene of sexual threat.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Milk & Baby: The Bikeriders (15)

26 July 2024

Milk & Baby screenings are for guardians and babies under the age of 1 years old. An adult must be accompanied by a baby to attend. Each ticket also comes with a free tea or filter coffee available from the café. Supported by Milk & Beans, Milton Keynes’ first and only Specialty Coffee Roasters.

From £6 - £7

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Cinema

A Quiet Place: Day One (15)

26 - 30 July 2024

Whilst on a day trip to Manhattan, a woman witnesses the arrival of an alien species which threatens humanity. Fans of the franchise will recognise the scary tone, as survivors attempt to overcome world shattering changes.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Butterfly Tale (U)

30 July - 1 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Migration (U)

30 July - 15 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Green Border (15)

2 - 4 August 2024

A group of Middle Eastern and African refugees face brutal ordeals as their search for asylum takes them to the border between Poland and Belarus in this bleak and disturbing drama about people making desperate choices.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Kinds of Kindness (tbc)

2 - 4 August 2024

A man seeks to break free from his predetermined path, a cop questions his wife’s demeanour after her return from a supposed drowning, and a woman searches for an extraordinary individual prophesied to become a renowned spiritual guide.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Milk & Baby: Kinds of Kindness (tbc)

2 August 2024

Milk & Baby screenings are for guardians and babies under the age of 1 years old. An adult must be accompanied by a baby to attend. Each ticket also comes with a free tea or filter coffee available from the café. Supported by Milk & Beans, Milton Keynes’ first and only Specialty Coffee Roasters.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

The NeverEnding Story (40th Anniversary) (U)

2 - 3 August 2024

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG)

6 - 29 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Wish (U)

6 - 22 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Sleep (15)

9 - 10 August 2024

A mounting atmosphere of dread and terror unfolds following a husband’s increasingly disturbing nocturnal activities in this pervasively unsettling Korean supernatural horror film, which includes outbursts of bloody violence.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Despicable Me 4 (U)

9 - 25 August 2024

Comic escapades ensue when a family goes on the run after their criminal nemesis breaks out of jail. In line with previous films, action sequences are highly fantastical and packed with funny moments, keeping the tone light.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Fly Me To The Moon (12A)

9 - 11 August 2024

Marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Milk & Baby: Despicable Me 4 (U)

9 August 2024

Milk & Baby screenings are for guardians and babies under the age of 1 years old. An adult must be accompanied by a baby to attend. Each ticket also comes with a free tea or filter coffee available from the café. Supported by Milk & Beans, Milton Keynes’ first and only Specialty Coffee Roasters.

From £6 - £7

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Cinema

The Nature of Love (tbc)

16 - 17 August 2024

University professor Sophia has a comfortable life and a stable but unexciting marriage to Xavier. That is upended when she meets and is attracted to Sylvain, a blue-collar construction contractor whom the couple hires to renovate their summer home.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Thelma (12A)

16 - 20 August 2024

An elderly woman takes matters into her own hands after falling victim to a telephone scam in this warm-hearted US comedy drama, in which different generations reach out to each other in times of trouble.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Milk & Baby: Twisters (12A)

16 August 2024

Milk & Baby screenings are for guardians and babies under the age of 1 years old. An adult must be accompanied by a baby to attend. Each ticket also comes with a free tea or filter coffee available from the café. Supported by Milk & Beans, Milton Keynes’ first and only Specialty Coffee Roasters.

From £6 - £7

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Accessible Events

BSL Artist-led Tour: MK Calling 2024

17 August 2024

Join Deaf artist and tour guide Chisato Minamimura for an in-depth exploration of our exhibition, MK Calling 2024.

From Free - £3

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Cinema

Twisters (12A)

17 - 20 August 2024

An update to the 1996 film ‘Twister’, which centred on a pair of storm chasers who risk their lives in an attempt to test an experimental weather alert system.

From Free - £9

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Accessible Events

Relaxed Screening: Despicable Me 4 (U)

18 August 2024

Relaxed Screenings have sensory-friendly adjustments which aim to reduce over-stimulation and create a relaxed and welcoming environment for those who might need it.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Summer Replay: Inside Out 2 (U)

20 - 22 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Cinema

Forrest Gump (30th Anniversary) (12A)

23 - 25 August 2024

The history of the United States from the 1950s to the ’70s unfolds from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, who yearns to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

About Dry Grasses (15)

23 - 24 August 2024

A teacher in a remote village finds his comfortable routine disrupted when students lodge a complaint about him and a colleague. Verbal sparring between adults features strong language in this slow burn Turkish drama.

£10

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Cinema

Milk & Baby: Forrest Gump (30th Anniversary) (12A)

23 August 2024

Milk & Baby screenings are for guardians and babies under the age of 1 years old. An adult must be accompanied by a baby to attend. Each ticket also comes with a free tea or filter coffee available from the café. Supported by Milk & Beans, Milton Keynes’ first and only Specialty Coffee Roasters.

From £6 - £7

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Cinema

Crossing (15)

25 - 27 August 2024

A Georgian woman travels to Istanbul in search of her long-lost niece, and meets a trans activist lawyer. This poignant and heartfelt drama includes themes of transphobia and references to sex work.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Summer Replay: The Garfield Movie (U)

27 - 29 August 2024

The team at MK Gallery are putting on a not-to-be-missed offer for kids this summer. Take part as we press the replay button on the Sky Room Cinema projector, showing the best kids’ films from the past six months throughout the entire school summer holidays.

From Free - £5

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Accessible Events

Audio-described Tour: MK Calling 2024

7 September 2024

Experience in-depth visual descriptions, alongside hand-held and touch elements, of key works from our exhibition MK Calling 2024. This event is led by tour guide Robin Clements, and is suitable for those who are blind or partially sighted, and their companions.

From Free - £3

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Cinema

NT Live: Prima Facie

14 - 17 September 2024

Jodie Comer, the Emmy and Bafta Award-winning star of TV’s Killing Eve as well as Free Guy and The Last Duel, makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, Prima Facie which takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game. Justin Martin directs this solo actor tour de force at the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: The Marriage of Figaro

15 September 2024

It’s Figaro’s wedding, and you’re invited to join the Almaviva household for an uproarious day of revelation and scandal. Mozart’s comic opera is packed with plot twists, forbidden desires and unforgettable melodies, combining laugh-out-loud comedy with moments of breathtaking beauty.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Miss Saigon (25th Anniversary Show)

22 September 2024

The epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Shot in front of a live audience at the Prince Edward Theatre, this screening gives fans the chance to enjoy the spectacular, sell-out event that was Miss Saigon’s 25th anniversary performance.

From Free - £19

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Performances

Taking the Stage – Day 1

16 October 2024

Taking the Stage is back supporting and celebrating women playwrights. This is our third festival and like our previous two festivals, we have an exciting lineup of new plays, discussions and talks.

From £10 - £12

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Performances

Taking the Stage – Day 2

17 October 2024

Taking the Stage is back supporting and celebrating women playwrights. This is our third festival and like our previous two festivals, we have an exciting lineup of new plays, discussions and talks.

From £10 - £12

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Performances

Taking the Stage – Day 3

18 October 2024

Taking the Stage is back supporting and celebrating women playwrights. This is our third festival and like our previous two festivals, we have an exciting lineup of new plays, discussions and talks.

From £10 - £12

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Exhibitions

Vanessa Bell: A World of Form and Colour

19 October 2024 - 23 February 2025

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen; 1879–1961) was a key figure in 20th-century British art and played a central role in the Bloomsbury Group. The exhibition at MK Gallery – the largest-ever solo show of Bell’s work – will provide an overview spanning the artist’s illustrious career, including over 120 items.

From Free - £11.50

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Performances

Taking the Stage – Day 4, Part 1

19 October 2024

Taking the Stage is back supporting and celebrating women playwrights. This is our third festival and like our previous two festivals, we have an exciting lineup of new plays, discussions and talks.

£8

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Performances

Taking the Stage – Day 4, Part 2

19 October 2024

Taking the Stage is back supporting and celebrating women playwrights. This is our third festival and like our previous two festivals, we have an exciting lineup of new plays, discussions and talks.

From £10 - £12

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Cinema

RB&O: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

20 October 2024

Tumble down the rabbit hole in this ballet adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous family story. Journey through Wonderland with Alice and encounter a host of curious characters in Christopher Wheeldon’s unique theatrical interpretation.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: Wolf Witch Giant Fairy

26 October 2024

Red Riding Hood is tasked with delivering bread to her Grandmother, deep in the heart of the fairy-tale forest. But en route, Red meets a cunning Wolf who tricks her into taking a different path. Along the way, Red stumbles into a colourful cast of characters, including a scary witch, a talking cat and a rather persuasive Peddler. Join our ragtag band of wild musicians as they guide all the family through this famous tale with new twists, turns, magic and song.

From £8 - £10

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Accessible Events

Relaxed Screening: RB&O: Wolf Witch Giant Fairy

27 October 2024

Relaxed Screenings have sensory-friendly adjustments which aim to reduce over-stimulation and create a relaxed and welcoming environment for those who might need it.

From £8 - £10

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Cinema

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

3 November 2024

The 25th anniversary of the first public performance of Phantom of the Opera was celebrated with a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of the Royal Albert Hall. Starring Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine, together with a cast and orchestra of over 200 and some special guest appearances.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh: Poets & Lovers

12 November 2024

200 years after its opening and a century after acquiring its first Van Gogh works, the National Gallery is hosting the UK’s biggest ever Van Gogh exhibition. Van Gogh is not only one of the most beloved artists of all time, but perhaps the most misunderstood.

This film is a chance to reexamine and better understand this iconic artist. Focusing on his unique creative process, Van Gogh: Poets & Lovers explores the artist’s years in the south of France, where he revolutionised his style. Van Gogh became consumed with a passion for storytelling in his art, turning the world around him into vibrant, idealised spaces and symbolic characters.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

Girl from the North Country

24 November 2024

Written and directed by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson and featuring Tony Award-winning orchestrations by Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including “Forever Young,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hurricane,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”

It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota. We meet a group of wayward travellers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Experience this “profoundly beautiful” Broadway production (The New York Times) brought to vivid life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.

£10

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Cinema

RB&O: Cinderella

15 December 2024

This Christmas, be transported into an ethereal world where a sprinkling of fairy dust makes dreams come true. This enchanting ballet by The Royal Ballet’s Founding Choreographer Frederick Ashton is a theatrical experience for all the family.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: The Nutcracker

17 - 22 December 2024

Discover the enchantment of ballet with this sparkling festive treat for the whole family. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s period designs bring festive charm to Peter Wright’s beloved Royal Ballet production, as fairy tale magic comes together with spectacular dancing in this unforgettable classic ballet.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: The Tales of Hoffmann

19 January 2025

Four women: four curious love stories. Juan Diego Flórez leads a fantastic cast in Offenbach’s dream-like opera.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Les Misérables: The Staged Concert Live (40th Anniversary)

2 February 2025

To mark the 40th anniversary of the world’s most popular musical, a unique opportunity to experience the spectacular staged concert version on the big screen featuring an all-star cast including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas and John Owen Jones.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: Swan Lake

2 March 2025

Classical ballet’s most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness. Bringing together Tchaikovsky’s sensational score with the incredible imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane, Swan Lake on the big screen will be an exceptional way to experience this ultimate ballet classic.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Jesus Christ Superstar Live

4 March 2025

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed in the UK during the Live Arena Tour.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: Dawn of Impressionism: Paris, 1874

18 March 2025

The Impressionists are the most popular group in art history – millions flock every year to marvel at their masterpieces. But, to begin with, they were scorned, penniless outsiders. 1874 was the year that changed everything; the first Impressionists, “hungry for independence”, broke the mould by holding their own exhibition outside official channels.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

RB&O: Romeo & Julliet

23 March 2025

The greatest love story ever told – through ballet. An ancient family feud casts a long shadow over the town of Verona. In this hothouse of tension, brawls are quick to break out and both sides get caught in the crossfire.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Billy Elliot the Musical Live (20th Anniversary)

30 March 2025

Based on the Academy Award nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End in 2005. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: Turandot

6 April 2025

Puccini’s captivating opera of a cold-hearted princess and her mysterious suitor. Featuring the ever-popular ‘Nessun Dorma’, this opera of love and revenge is brought to life in a dazzling production.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

RB&O: Die Walküre

18 May 2025

Gods and mortals battle in the second chapter of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Conductor Antonio Pappano and director Barrie Kosky reunite to continue the mythical adventure that began with Das Rheingold in 2023.

From Free - £19

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo: Love and Death

20 May 2025

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this Renaissance giant? Michelangelo’s genius is evident in everything he
touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, still leave us breathless today.

From Free - £9

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Cinema

RB&O: Ballet to Broadway

25 May 2025

Sensuous contemporary ballet meets the energy of musical theatre in four distinctive short works. Fool’s Paradise, The Two of Us, Us, An American in Paris: four works showing the remarkable choreographic range of The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate, Christopher Wheeldon.

From Free - £19

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