MUSICAL THEATRE

The JPA Academy present

Places Everyone!

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 July   6.45pm
Sunday 14 July 1.00pm & 4.30pm
Pamoja Hall   Tickets £15 & £13 (under 10s)   Book Tickets

COMEDY

PLANET EARTH III

Tuesday 17 September
Sackville Theatre   6.15pm
Tickets £10 (bookings of 12+, £5)   Book Tickets

Luke Rollason's 'Planet Earth III' is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky (and unpaid) intern isn’t giving up, and right on the programming schedule,and we’re getting series three. Armed with obsolete office supplies and a surreal imagination, nature’s weirdos are brought back to life by the ‘hugely entertaining’ (Chortle) Luke Rollason.

"an ever-playful hour of silliness from a fertile comic mind" (Chortle)

"amazingly entertaining" ★★★★★ (Ed Fest Mag)

"made me cry with laughter" ★★★★ (Broadway Baby)

TALK

Professor Richard English 

Does Terrorism Work? A History

Thursday 19 September
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE    Book a Place

Professor Richard English FBA, Professor of politics and distinguished professorial fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice,Queen’s University Belfast and Fellow of the British Academy, has been studying terrorism for 30 years. In his new book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, he says that the key question about whether it works or not has yet to be examined in depth. He looks at some of the major terrorist organisations of the last 50 years, including al-Qaida, the IRA, Hamas and ETA, and argues that we need a far more honest understanding of the degree to which terrorism works.

THEATRE

SSTC Senior Playpresent

The Moon and Mrs Herschel

Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 October
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm
Tickets £10, £7 concessions   Book Tickets

In 1781 an amateur maker of telescopes identifies the seventh planet of the solar system, and starts to change astronomy for ever. But few people know the vital role his sister plays in his work until she starts to make her own discoveries.  In 1969 an aeronautical engineer steps on the moon, while in a London suburb a teenage girl from a poor family dreams of becoming an astronomer. The Moon and Miss Herschel is about how the stories of science are told, and about the role of women in those stories.

OPERA

Royal Opera House Cinema Encore Screening

Don Giovanni

Sunday 13 October
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book tickets

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.

Don Giovanni Erwin Schrott Leporello Roberto Tagliavini Donna Anna Malin Byström Donna Elvira Christine Rice Don Ottavio Daniel Behle Zerlina Louise Alder Commendatore Lars Woldt Masetto Leon Košavić

Sung in Italian with English subtitles   Approximate running time: about 3 hours 30 minutes

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

Don Pasquale

Sunday 27 October
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers.

Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Don Pasquale Bryn Terfel Norina Olga Peretyatko Ernesto Ioan Hotea Malatesta Mariusz Kwiecień

Sung in Italian with English subtitles   Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

Co-production with Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo

TALK

Professor Martin Hendry

Gravitational Waves

Monday 28 October
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE, Book a place

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity predicted the existence of a dark side to the cosmos. He thought there were invisible ‘gravitational waves’, ripples in space-time produced by some of the most violent events in the cosmos – exploding stars, colliding black holes, perhaps even the Big Bang itself. For decades, astronomers have gathered strong corroborative evidence of the existence of these waves, but they have never been detected directly – until now. They were the last part of the general theory still to be verified.

THEATRE

Box Tale Theatre Co present

Turn of the Screw

Wednesday 6 November

Sackville Theatre   7.00pm

Tickets £10    Book Tickets

“Nobody but me, till now, has ever heard. It’s beyond everything. Nothing at all that I know touches it.” Award-winning Box Tale Soup present a new adaptation of Henry James’ disturbing story, featuring puppetry and a haunting original soundtrack.

At an isolated estate, a young governess arrives. Before long she fears there is something darker in the depths of Bly House, and battles to save the children from the mysterious figures who seek to corrupt them. Edinburgh Fringe 2018 sell-out show.“They are wonderful.” The Times  “..their shows feel like collectors’ items.” The Stage★★★★★ 

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

Concerto/ Enigma Variations/ Raymonda Act III

Sunday 10 November 
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

Approximate running time: about 3 hours

MUSIC & THEATRE

Sevenoaks School present

A Night at the Movies

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October
Pamoaj Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £10 & £7 concessions   Book Tickets

New for this term – a wonderful combination of iconic film music coupled with dramatic acted moments from some of your favourite movies. Using the talents of the Foundation and Symphony Orchestras, plus the Wind Band, Big Band and Sevenoaks Strings – we aim to bring to life the thrills and drama of the big screen. Highlights include sequences from Brief Encounter, Disney, The Pink Panther and the ubiquitous 007 – so something for everyone!

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Crash into Christmas

Friday 6 December   
7.30pm    Pamoja Hall
Tickets £10 & £7 concessions   Book Tickets

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with the Sevenoaks School jazz ensembles!  Once again, the Sevenoaks School Big Band leads the festivities with seasonal and other popular classics, supported by the Gospel Choir, the Middle School jazz ensembles alongside other quartets and jazz combos.  40% of the box office will go to the School's elected charity.

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema LIVE Screening

COPPÉLIA

Tuesday 10 December
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm   Book Tickets

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 family Christmas treat.

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

MUSIC

Eynsfors Concert Band present

A Christmas Premiere

Sunday 15 December
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
Tickets £12 & £10 concessions   Book Tickets

This year's Christmas Festival Concert, A Christmas Premiere will feature a new piece written for Eynsford Concert Band by the renowned composer and conductor, Jack Stamp and we are delighted that he will be joining us to conduct the premiere of his new work.

Please bring your Christmas hats, tinsel and festive cheer for an evening in the company of Mike Smith, Jack Stamp and the Eynsford Concert Band to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.  

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Special Screening

The Nutcracker 

Tuesday 17 December
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm    Book Tickets

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.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Lauren Cuthbertson/ The Prince Federico Bonelli/ Clara Francesca Hayward/ Hans-Peter/ The Nutcracker Alexander Campbell/ Herr Drosselmeyer Gary Avis

RECORDED LIVE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Thursday 8 December 2016 - Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes       

MUSIC

Lydian Winter Concert No.3

Saturday 21 December 
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£6 U18 & £1 U16  Book Tickets

A winter concert with conductor Michael Hitchcock and soloist Jonathan Ma on flute. Programme to include:

Donizetti - Don Pasquale Overture

Nielsen - Flute Concerto

Martin - Ballade

Dvorak - Symphony No.9 (From the New World)

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

The Sleeping Beauty

Sunday 19 January
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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 over anyone who sees it.

Choreography Marius Petipa, Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Additional choreography Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

Approximate running time: 3 hours

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

La Boheme

Sunday 2 February
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

Mimì Sonya Yoncheva Rodolfo Charles Castronovo Marcello Andrzej Filończyk Musetta Aida Garifullina Schaunard Gyula Nagy Colline Peter Kellner

Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sung in Italian with English subtitles   Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES

Sunday 1 March
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

OPERA

Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

FIDELIO (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 22 March
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

Leonore (Fidelio) Lise Davidsen Florestan Jonas Kaufmann Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld Don Pizarro Simon Neal Marzelline Amanda Forsythe

Sung in German with English subtitles  Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema LIVE Screening

SWAN LAKE

Wednesday 1 April
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm   Book Tickets

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.

Choreography Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Additional choreography Frederick Ashton

Approximate running time: 3 hours

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Season

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Sunday 26 April
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turiddu Yonghoon Lee Santuzza Liudmyla Monastyrska Alfio Dimitri Platanias Lola Josè Maria Lo Monaco

PAGLIACCI

Canio Roberto Alagna Tonio Dimitri Platanias Nedda Aleksandra Kurzak Silvio Bogdan Baciu Beppe Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

Co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 3 hours

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

THE DANTE PROJECT (WORLD PREMIERE)

Sunday 31 May
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

A collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès, Tacita Dean, Lucy Carter and Uzma Hameed

Approximate running time: 3 hours

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 21 June
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

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.

Elektra Nina Stemme Chrysothemis Sara Jakubiak Klytämnestra Karita Mattila Orest Christof Fischesser Ägisth Joseph Kaiser

Sung in German with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 2 hours

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