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Allelujah!

October 20, 2019 - 3pm

By Alan Bennett

Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre this celebrated play tells the story of The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital, threatened with a cost-saving closure. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Allelujah! is celebrated playwright Alan Bennett’s tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

“Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’” – Daily Telegraph

Running time: 2 h 50 minutes
Suitable for 15+Yrs (strong language)

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The Madness of King George III

November 17, 2019 - 3pm

By Alan Bennett

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But, his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

From Nottingham Playhouse, this multi-award-winning drama by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett, includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough.

“A lavish production” – The Stage

Running time: 3 hr 30 minutes

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The Audience

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 3pm

By Peter Morgan

A production from Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries

Reprising her Golden Globe and Oscar®-winning role in The Queen, Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience, captured live from London’s West End.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill to Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

Playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan also wrote The Queen and created of the Netflix series The Crown.

Mirren's tartly humorous and profoundly human portrayal … is magnificent. She makes “The Audience” a right-royal great night out – The Independent

Running time: 2h 50 minutes

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Hamlet

April 26, 2020 - 3pm

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I've ever seen, of anything, ever. – Time Out

Running time: 3h 37 minutes