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Robert Harris in Conversation

Robert Harris in Conversation

Bestselling Robert Harris will be in conversation with broadcaster and book fanatic, Howard Bentham, at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon, on Monday 9th September.  


Robert Harris, author of bestselling novels such as Fatherland, Pompeii and Munich, will be talking about his new book, The Second Sleep, which will be published on 5th September.


1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect.


Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.


Tickets are £20 and include a copy of The Second Sleep (RRP £20).


Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Robert will be signing copies of his book after the event. Refreshments will be available to purchase at the Amey theatre bar.

Monday 9 Sep 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (12A)

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

Award author Margaret Atwood publishes worldwide her highly anticipated new novel – The Testaments – a sequel to her most celebrated work, The Handmaid’s Tale. In a unique live event on this momentous date, cinema audiences will be treated to an evening in conversation with Atwood about the release of the new book, her long and distinguished career and why she has returned to her seminal story of The Handmaid’s Tale, 34 years after she wrote the original. There will be exclusive readings by a number of high-profile actors from the new book and filmed documentary content from throughout Atwood’s life. Filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre, Atwood will also answer questions from audiences across the country in this rare appearance and intimate evening.


Mostly Books will be selling Atwood's new novel The Testaments along with her other works at this event.

Tuesday 10 Sep 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Fleabag (15)

NT Live: Fleabag

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian


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.


Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.


Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.


Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.


Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre. Show image by Jason Hetherington .


Thursday 12 Sep 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore)

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore)

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.


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.


Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.


Thursday 26 Sep 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Wise Children (15)

Wise Children

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.  


In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance - twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father - and greatest actor of his generation - Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all...


Performed by a talented ensemble cast, this entertaining, all-singing and dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh and Shakespeare’s Globe, it was filmed for the cinema screen at York Theatre Royal and is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre’ (Broadway World).


Please note, the BBFC rating for this screening is a 15.


Thursday 3 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ASPA 3rd Year Mexican themed event for Parents (H)

ASPA 3rd Year Mexican themed event for Parents

Tickets: £25 per person to include three course meal (for menu click here) plus a welcome drink – alcoholic and non-alcoholic margaritas available!


For special dietary requirements please complete Google Form once tickets have been purchased.


Dress code: Smart Casual


Timings:


7.30pm Welcome drinks in Avernus (room next to Dining Room)


8pm Dinner


10.30 Cash bar closes


11pm Event ends and ‘Adios’!


Bar: There will be a cash bar serving wines and beer.



Please note: Ticket sales will close on Monday 28th September. After this date no refunds can be made.

Saturday 5 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Dining Hall)

Natasha Devon, MBE: Parental talk on teenage wellbeing (H)

Natasha Devon, MBE: Parental talk on teenage wellbeing

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. This is a great opportunity to hear her talk to parents about teenage wellbeing.

Tuesday 8 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Wilderland Film Festival

Wilderland Film Festival

Wilderland Film Festival is the brainchild of zoologist filmmakers Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice, who recruited some of the most acclaimed wildlife filmmakers to whittle down a shortlist of over 50 short films to the chosen 9 films that will be seen during the tour.


Judges including award winning documentary cameraman Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch), and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries) have chosen films that will take audiences on a journey through the world’s most enigmatic wildlife; from a film exploring how the mercurial Snow Leopard and Himalayan communities co-exist, to the diminishing Orangutan population of Orangutans in Borneo, to the impact of noise-pollution in our seas on the majestic humpback whale and many more.


"It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time”- Steve Backshall    


"Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the worlds most incredible wildlife"- Gordon Buchanan


Watch the Wilderland Film Festival trailer here!


For more information, please visit the Wilderland Film Festival website.

Sunday 13 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2019 (H)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2019

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for autumn 2019 with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films!


Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour, this carefully curated collection of short films features sublime footage from both above and below the water’s surface, showcasing the spellbinding power and beauty of our oceans.


Celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Be awed by mesmerising marine life and spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet – via the big screen!


To book tickets, please visit the Ocean Film website.


Photo credit: Travis Burke, Freediver Chelsea Yamasee .

Wednesday 16 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet (Delayed Live)

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet (Delayed Live)

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’.


Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. Our two young lovers must follow their hear ts as they risk everything to be together. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.


Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.


Filmed Live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 2019.

Tuesday 29 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12A)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

'The course of true love never did run smooth.’


A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.


Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. 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.


Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.


Filmed live in front of an audience.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.


Thursday 31 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III (12A)

ROH Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

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.


Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 5 Nov 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Hansard (12A)

NT Live: Hansard

Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


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


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.


Thursday 7 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Top Dog Film Festival (H)

Top Dog Film Festival

From the producers of the Banff Film Festival tour in the UK comes a collection of heartwarming short films about dogs and their people.


The Top Dog Film Festival presents a cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent films makers around the globe.


To book tickets and to find out more, please visit the Top Dog Film Festival website.

Tuesday 12 Nov 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

42nd Street - The Musical

42nd Street - The Musical

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (Times).


Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End.


Starring national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock and featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby Of Broadway, this is pure musical magic on the big screen.


Filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Tuesday 19 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Timon of Athens (Delayed Live)

RSC Live: Timon of Athens (Delayed Live)

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.


This production was filmed in front of a live audience.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Tuesday 3 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Coppélia (12A)

ROH Live: Coppélia

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 10 Dec 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Present Laughter (12A)

NT Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.


Filmed live in front of an audience.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.

Thursday 12 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016) (U)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016)

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.


Recorded Live at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 8 December 2016


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 17 Dec 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

André Rieu: 70 Years Young

André Rieu: 70 Years Young

André Rieu is celebrating a landmark birthday and is inviting cinema audiences all over the world to his party!


70 Years Young is André Rieu’s ultimate concert featuring musical highlights chosen by the maestro himself from his illustrious career so far. This unique commemorative celebration will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to André Rieu’s most amazing concert locations, including Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam.


As part of the celebration, André Rieu reminisces with cinema host Charlotte Hawkins about his life, love and music, while taking his cinema audience on an exclusive tour of his home in Maastricht.


Bring your friends and kick off the New Year together in style, in the comfort of the cinema, with the most wonderful music from the birthday boy – the King of Waltz! Hip hip hooray!

Saturday 4 Jan 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty

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 overanyone who sees it.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Thursday 16 Jan 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: La Bohème (2020) (12A)

ROH Live: La Bohème (2020)

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.


Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La Bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of

The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Sunday 2 Feb 202014:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Marston & Scarlett World Premieres (12A)

ROH Live: Marston & Scarlett World Premieres

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Fidelio (12A)

ROH Live: Fidelio

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.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 17 Mar 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Swan Lake (2020) (12A)

ROH Live: Swan Lake (2020)

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.


The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 1 Apr 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (12A)

ROH Live: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

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.


The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 21 Apr 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Dante Project (12A)

ROH Live: The Dante Project

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. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Thursday 28 May 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Elektra (12A)

ROH Live: Elektra

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.


Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season's Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Thursday 18 Jun 202019:45 Book Now (Amey Theatre)