Event Cinema at West Norwood Picturehouse - Picturehouse Spotlight

Event Cinema at West Norwood Picturehouse

Take a look at the upcoming Screen Arts Events coming to West Norwood.

West Norwood Picturehouse will host a number of exciting Screen Arts Events over the next few months! From Bolshoi Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty to Exhibition On Screen featuring the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, immerse yourself in an inspiring and diverse programme at our West Norwood site.

Check out all the scheduled events below.


Wilde Wednesdays: Lady Windermere’s Fan Encore

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On the day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, all is perfectly in order… until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion: is her husband having an affair?

First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper-class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era. Award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke directs this new production of one of Wilde’s wittiest and most popular plays.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (Recorded)

The Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixtenth birthday, falling into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.

Captured live on Jan. 22, 2017

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Encore)

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike.

Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Encore) is screened from a captured broadcast from the Apollo Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue.

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Wilde Wednesdays: An Ideal Husband Encore

Oscar Wilde’s shrewd and enchanting comedy about a senior politician haunted by the threat of exposure for a past of dodgy financial dealings and lies.

The play was written at a time when Wilde himself was facing public disgrace and, within six months of its opening, he would be facing a two-year prison sentence for gross indecency, his name was erased from the posters advertising the play.

Jonathan Church’s stylish and beautifully balanced production was universally adored by the critics. Starring are Frances Barber and Susan Hampshire; and as the fictional Lord Caversham and his son Lord Goring, in a delicious double act, real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox.

With a script crammed with Wildean pearls, An Ideal Husband is both light and witty, touching and profound – a Rolls-Royce of a comedy.

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The King And I: From The London Palladium

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium. Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a ‘powerhouse’ (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age (Recorded)

In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka… With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!

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Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt (Encore)

From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this Exhibition on Screen favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.

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NT Live: All About Eve (Encore)

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In this new stage version of All About Eve, Gillian Anderson (X-Files, A Streetcar Named Desire) stars as Margo Channing, the role immortalised by Bette Davis in Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1950 film. Margo Channing, grande dame of the theatre, is a star actress at the peak of fame, worshipped by her fans but haunted by insecurity about ageing and a terror of the abyss. She finds her life invaded by the ingénue Eve Harrington (Lily James) who barely conceals her own ambition to usurp the star on her pedestal. One of the world’s most innovative and sought-after directors, Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge) delves into the ambition, jealousy, egocentricity and cynicism within the entertainment industry and asks what is it with our seeming never-ending obsession with youth and celebrity. With original music by P. J. Harvey.

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Wilde Wednesdays: The Importance Of Being Earnest

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A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, was broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End last October. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

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RSC Encore: As You Like It

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Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It.

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: The Legend Returns

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Matthew Bourne’s bold and beautiful Swan Lake replaces the traditional female corps de ballet with a male ensemble which, when it was first performed in 1995, took the dance world by storm. No longer the dainty, sinuous swans of the original story but instead hissing, stamping birds, unpredictable, sometimes dangerous. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s spellbinding score, Bourne’s contemporary adaptation subverts the conventional tale of Odette, Prince Siegfried and the evil Baron von Rothbart, omitting some of the characters and twists of plot. Instead, his passionate story of male love tells of a lonely and repressed Prince Siegfried who is dominated by his regal mother and her Machiavellian press secretary. The Swan is everything the Prince needs and can’t have. Twenty-three years on, as vibrant as ever, Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas, re-imagined for the twenty-first century. Retaining Lez Brotherson’s award-winning designs, this new production was filmed last year at Sadler’s Wells in London.

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NT Live: All My Sons (Encore)

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Academy Award winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons, broadcast live from The Old Vic in London.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They’ve built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. Long-buried truths are forced to the surface by the return of a figure from the past, and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House) directs the cast, which also includes Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin) alongside Bessie Carter, Oliver Johnstone, Kayla Meikle and Sule Rimi.

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Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh & Japan

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“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

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NT Live: Small Island

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Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.

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RSC Encore: The Taming Of The Shrew

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In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy.

Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism, The Taming Of The Shrew, on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

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RSC Encore: Measure For Measure

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‘To whom should I complain?’

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.

Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production of Measure For Measure.

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