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A Midsummer’s Opera Gala – 7.30pm

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A Midsummer's Opera Gala   Buy Tickets here A Midsummer’s Opera Gala

Current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio and former Monmouth School pupil Andrew Henley presents an evening of operatic classics, performed by artists from the NOS and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Glorious music by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet and many others will be brought to you by some of the best young singers in the UK.

NT Live: Julie – 7pm

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Julie

by Polly Stenham after Strindberg

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

NT Live: King Lear – 7pm

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National Theatre Live King Lear By William Shakespeare

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Met Opera: Aida – 5.55pm

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AIDA

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Sonja Frisell’s production. Verdi’s drama is set in Ancient Egypt, where the Ethiopian Aida lives a life of slavery.

ROH – Mayerling Ballet – 7.15pm

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Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet inspired by true events.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth,haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf.

Walk Like A Man – 7.30pm

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Walk Like a Man  

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WALK LIKE A MAN takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now immortalised in the multi-award winning show Jersey Boys, which has been packing theatres worldwide since its debut in 2005Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with classics such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You and many, many more.

Met Opera: Samson Et Dalila – 5.55pm

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Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak gives Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic its first new Met production in twenty years. Blessed with immense physical strength, Hebrew leader Samson is sworn to defend his people and his faith from the Philistines.

Met Opera: Fanciulla Del West – 5.55pm

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La Fanciulla del West

Puccini’s gunpowder western returns to the stage where it premiered under Arturo Toscanini. Gold Rush, 1849. Bar owner Minnie looks after a crew of rough miners while fending off the unwanted attentions of the local sheriff. When a tall, mysterious stranger walks into the bar, it looks as if her life is about to change. But the newcomer is not what he seems, and Minnie gets drawn into deadly peril.

Festival of Remembrance Concert – 7pm

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Monmouth Branch of the Royal British Legion and Monmouth Male Voice Choir present a Festival of Remembrance Concert to commemorate the end of World War One.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to support our Armed Forces and listen to a fabulous choir.

All proceeds to the RBL Poppy Appeal and Monmouth Male Voice Choir.

Tickets: £12, Concessions £11

Meet Tommy Atkins – 7pm

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‘Meet Tommy Atkins’ takes the audience not just through Tommy’s war, but also his life back home in Britain post war. We learn of his experiences in the trenches – fighting on the Somme, at Passhendaele and Loos; and also of the boredom, the loss and indeed the comradeship. Returning to Britain, Tommy shows us how a generation of returning men were maltreated but how ultimately it was his generation that forced through the foundations of the Welfare State.

Met Opera: Marnie -5.55pm

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Met Opera: Marnie  

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Marnie

A young woman lies, cheats, and steals her way through life, propelled by compulsions she can neither control nor understand. A wealthy man catches her red-handed and blackmails her into marrying him. Will the truth about her past send her to jail or set her free?

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four – 7pm

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Sherlock Holmes: Sign of Four

Sherlock Holmes by Blackeyed Theatre

Buy Tickets here Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, presents  Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Adapted for the Stage by Nick Lane “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breath-taking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four – 7pm

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Sherlock Holmes: Sign of Four

Sherlock Holmes by Blackeyed Theatre

Buy Tickets here Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, presents Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Adapted for the Stage by Nick Lane “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breath-taking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

Monmouth Choral Society – 7.30pm

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Britten – Saint Nicolas

Conducted  by Steven Kings with The Regency Sinfonia

Tenor Soloist John Bacon  

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms sets three Old Testament texts, in Hebrew, to music of enormous energy, vitality, and sometimes serene beauty.

Britten’s Saint Nicolas vividly recounts the legendary life of the Bishop of Myra – his extraordinary birth, religious devotion, miraculous deeds, spiritual wisdom, and finally his death in the peaceful knowledge that he has faithfully followed God.  

Tickets: Adults £17,  Students and under 18s free.

 

ROH: La Bayadere Ballet – Encore 2pm

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Broadcast as an Encore production from the Royal Opera House, London

Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th century classic ballet brings and exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

Marius  Petipa’s  fantasy,  set  in  legendary India, tells  the  tale  of  a  temple dancer  and  the  prince who loves  her  but  marries  another.  The famous, moonlit ‘white  act’ –  The  Kingdom of  the Shades  –  is  a  corps  de  ballet highlight, as  multiple  images  of  the  prince’s  lost  love haunt his  mind.

NT Live: The Madness of George III – 7pm

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The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

Faith – The George Michael Legacy – 7.30pm

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FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY

Is a stunning celebration of one the greatest singer –songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band.

A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as, Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, Careless Whisper and many, many more. If you are a fan and you know every word of these songs, join us on a journey and celebrate the incredible legacy George left us all.  

“Uncanny, looks and sounds like the real superstar” The Stage Magazine.

 

Ticket Price: £22

Ghost Stories for Christmas – 7pm

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In the macabre tradition of the BBC’s classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas is a theatre show featuring original spine-chillers in a vintage vein. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us!

Ballet Theatre UK: Beauty and the Beast – 3pm

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Join Ballet Theatre UK with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, “Beauty and the Beast”. Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster.

A Very Pirate Panto -1.30pm

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A Very Pirate Panto   Buy Tickets here Set sail for swashbuckling festive family fun!   Follow the beautiful Princess Holly and her doting Mum Ivy as they take to the high seas in pursuit of hidden treasure… but will their dreams be shipwrecked at the hands of the ‘slightly evil’ Captain Constantine Claus.  

A Very Pirate Panto – 7pm

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A Very Pirate Panto   Buy Tickets here   Set sail for swashbuckling festive family fun!  

Follow the beautiful Princess Holly and her doting Mum Ivy as they take to the high seas in pursuit of hidden treasure… but will their dreams be shipwrecked at the hands of the ‘slightly evil’ Captain Constantine Claus.

Met Opera: La Traviata – 5.55pm

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Live Broadcast from the Met Opera in New York

La Traviata

New Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launches his tenure by conducting Verdi’s timeless tragedy. Worldly courtesan Violetta, sung by soprano Diana Damrau, has grown tired of her dissolute life. When the pure-hearted Alfredo—tenor Juan Diego Flórez—declares his love for her, she leaves everything behind to live with him.

But his family’s reputation is ruined by his association with her, and Violetta is torn between her feelings for Alfredo and her desire to protect him from scandal. Urged by the young man’s father, she tears herself away and returns to her old life. Alfredo, not knowing the real reason for her apparent betrayal, is heartbroken— – and bent on revenge.

Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons.

Tickets £18, Concessions £17, Special Offer £15 (when you buy 4 different ROH or Met Opera tickets together)

 

Met Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur – 5.55pm

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Adriana Lecouvreur

For the first time at the Met, soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea’s tragic opera.

Adriana is adored by many but loves only Maurizio, sung by tenor  (Piotr Beczała), who adores her in return. Maurizio desperately tries to extricate himself from his previous lover, the Princess de Bouillon— mezzo-soprano (Anita Rachvelishvili). When the princess discovers that Adriana is her rival, she takes desperate measures of her own.

In this new production directed by Sir David McVicar, the action is partially set in a working replica of a baroque theatre. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the riveting score.

Tickets £18, Concessions £17. Offer £15 when you buy 4 different ROH or Met Opera tickets together. (Only available through the Box Office.)

 

Met Opera: Carmen – 5.55pm

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Carmen

Don’t miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine plays opera’s ultimate seductress, while Roberto Alagna returns to the role of Don José, the good-hearted soldier in whom she unleashes an uncontrollable passion.

Don José breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen. But the capricious Carmen gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo—bass  (Alexander Vinogradov). She has ruined his life, but still Don José adores her, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe.  

Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmen’s disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time.

Tickets £18, Concessions £17. Offer £15 when you buy 4 different ROH or Met Opera tickets together. (Only available through the Box Office.)

 

Met Opera: La Fille Du Regiment – 5.55pm

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Live Broadcast from the Met Opera in New York

La Fille du Régiment

Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is a delight. The famous aria “Ah,  Mes Amis,” with its nine high Cs, one of opera’s most show-stopping numbers. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena take on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging.

Orphaned as a small child and raised by an entire army regiment, the spirited Marie has grown up as the regiment’s ‘daughter’, raising morale and spreading joy. Tonio, a local man, falls in love with her and even joins the army for her sake. But a chance encounter with a noblewoman sparks a sudden revelation, and a tale unfolds of secret identities, long-lost family, and murky pasts.

Tickets £18, Concessions £17. Offer £15 when you buy 4 different ROH or Met Opera tickets together. (Only available through the Box Office.)  

Met Opera: Die Walkure – 5pm

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Die Walkure

Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written— – including, of course, the Ride of the Valkyries —– Die Walküre is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale.

Met Opera: Dialogues Des Carmelites – 5pm

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  Dialogues des Carmélites  

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’s masterpiece. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard,) becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress— (Met legend Karita Mattila). Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent.

When the nuns are expelled from the convent and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonising decision. In the shattering final scene, the nuns walk towards the guillotine singing Salve Regina: their voices are cut off, one by one, with each stroke of the blade, until all are silenced. Poulenc’s devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom is Live in HD for the first time.

  Tickets £18, Concessions £17. Offer £15 when you buy 4 different ROH or Met Opera tickets together. (Only available through the Box Office.)  

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