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The Phoenix Cinema’s satellite link allows us to screen the best theatre, ballet, opera and more, live from whichever venue they are taking place in, directly to Orkney! Distance is no longer a barrier, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy these cultural events.

Advance booking is recommended. The following events are now on sale:

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ENCORE: LA TRAVIATA (OPERA)    215 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Wed 13 February: 6:45pm
Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love.
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
Includes two intervals. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: DON QUIXOTE (BALLET)    165 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Tues 19 February: 7:15pm
Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.
Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.
Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Includes one interval.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (OPERA)    255 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Tues 2 April: 6:15pm
Christof Loy directs a star studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier, in Verdi’s epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.
The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Includes two intervals. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: FAUST    225 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Tues 30 April: 6:45pm
Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David Mcvicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s best-loved opera.
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.
Includes one interval. Sung in French with English subtitles.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR (WHEELDON)/WORLD PREMIERE (CHERKAOUI)/FLIGHT PATTERN (PITE) (BALLET)    195 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Thurs 16 May: 7:15pm
Two recent works and one world premiere from three of today’s leading choreographers showcase the contemporary face of The Royal Ballet.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.
Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration.
Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
Includes two intervals.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: ROMEO AND JULIET (BALLET)    195 mins    Cert. 12A (As Live)
Tues 11 June: 7:15pm
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth Macmillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece.
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Includes two intervals.