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GIRLS' NIGHT OUT

Wednesday 24th July

LATE NIGHT

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

Starring: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Amy Ryan, Max Casella, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Ike Barinholtz & Megalyn Echikunwoke

BABES IN ARMS

Friday 26th July

THE LION KING

Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But, not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasas brother—and former heir to the throne—-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Keegan-Michael Key, Donald Glover, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Kanishk Gangwal, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billy Eichner & John Kani

SENIOR SNEAK PEEKS

Wednesday 24th July

THE KEEPER

The Keeper tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy. While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of the 2nd WW, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team notices a young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team – Margaret’s and Bert’s love blossoms despite local hostility and resentment of the German PoWs. In the meantime Bert’s heroics in goal are noticed by Man City. Rather than going back to Germany like nearly all the other camp inmates, Bert marries Margaret and signs for Man City. His signing causes outrage to thousands of Man City fans, many of them Jewish. But Margaret wins support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Altmann, a Man City supporter who fled the Nazis, publishes an open letter opposing the campaign against Bert. Bert’s path to acceptance begins and peaks at the 1956 FA Cup Final when he secures victory for Man City by playing on despite breaking his neck. Yet fate twists the knife for both Margaret and Bert. Alienated and alone, Margaret’s and Bert’s loyalty to each other will be put to the test once more. Heartbroken, Bert wants to give up. Equally heartbroken, Margaret insists that they move forward and that he keeps on playing.

Starring: Dave Johns, Freya Mavor, Dervla Kirwan, David Kross, Gary Lewis, Angus Barnett, Chloe Harris & Mikey Collins

MET OPERA

Season: Thursday 25th July – Wednesday 7th August

Run time: Estimated 295 minutes (includes intermission)

Met Meal Special: TBC

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, the willful title warrior maiden, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek are the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley sings the god Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

StarringEva-Maria Westbroek, Günther Groissböck, Christine Goerke, Stuart Skelton, Jamie Barton & Greer Grimsley

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

Run time: Estimated 170 minutes (includes intermission)

A brand new play from one of Britain’s best-loved writers Alan Bennett. His celebrated plays include The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

This hilarious drama takes place in The Beth, a small hospital in England threatened with closure as part of a money-saving drive by the government. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggles at the hospital and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

★★★★   “A bonus treat from Alan Bennett that leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness.”   Independent
★★★★   “Singalongs and Bennett’s stinging wit light up a state-of-the-nation play.”   Guardian

Starring: Samuel Barnett, Gary Wood, Sam Bond, Jacqueline Chan, Sacha Dhawan, Patricia England, Deborah Findlay, David Moorst, Jeff Rawle & Cleo Sylvestre