Curzon Victoria is our newest cinema in Central London - come and immerse yourself in a unique mix of film, cultural events and Q&As. Get the conversation flowing with carefully selected wines, local beers and spirits in our beautiful lounge bars. We’re also equipped with five state-of-the-art screens with Sony 4K projection and 3D.
Prolific filmmaker François Ozon returns with an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell tale and extracts from it a perfect slice of Hitchcockian unease. Romain Duris plays a grieving widower raising his young baby, who finds help in the form of his dead wife's closest friend (Anaïs Demoustier). However not all is what it seems in this deliciously taut Gallic drama that seeks to reveal the darker side of bourgeois life.
They are the world’s most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas and their compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major new exhibition focussing on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, the outspoken champion of Impressionism.
The Impressionists plus exclusive Q&A with director Phil Grabsky exclusively at Curzon Chelsea - Tuesday 26 May 6:15pm
Other screenings: Tuesday 26 May 7:00pm
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a new production of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But time has passed and she will now play a different part: a character unhealthily obsessed with a beautiful younger woman. Departing to the Swiss Alps to rehearse with her dedicated assistant (Kristen Stewart), Maria begins to see life reflecting art and finds herself drawn into an inexorable web of doubt and fear.
George Miller returns to the gothic, post-apocalyptic action franchise that made his name. Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson as Max and the set pieces are on a grander scale, but the scenario remains familiar, as our eponymous antihero sets out to right wrongs and do battle with Immortan Joe.
3D performances require 3D glasses which are sold separately at the venue.
Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic. Carey Mulligan stars as the independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schonaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
When charismatic terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, legendary operative Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, Harry disappears without a trace.
A model Swedish family - handsome businessman Tomas, his wife Ebba and their two beautiful children - are on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular, but during lunch at a mountainside restaurant an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
A critical favourite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, Force Majeure is a wickedly funny and precisely observed black comedy that marks Ruben Östlund as one of Europe’s most stingingly intelligent filmmakers.
Cédric Jimenez's smart, intelligently crafted film looks back to one of the great cop thrillers of the 70s. It offers up the French side of the story that inspired The French Connection, with Jean Dujardin (The Artist) on magnificent form as the magistrate who finally brought the law to bear on the Marseille drug trade and its cruel mastermind, played with some verve by Gilles Lellouche.
From Friday 29 May
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Not far from Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people struggle under a regime of terror imposed by invading Jihadists determined to control their faith and threaten their way of life. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even football have been banned and every day the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but their destiny changes when Kidane runs foul of the foreign occupants and is confronted by their merciless new laws.
From Friday 29 May
The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera's best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley's keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today's greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimi, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini's most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.
Live broadcast: Wednesday 10 June 7.15pm
Encore screening: Sunday 14 June 11:00am
Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother's murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.
A post-screening discussion with BAFTA-winning director Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) and a special guest will be broadcast live via satellite.
Sunday 14 June 5.45pm
Ravel Double Bill: L’heure espagnole & L’enfant et les sortileges
Pre-recorded at Glyndebourne Festival 2012
Two sparkling miniatures. Hailed by the Financial Times as "pure magic", Laurent Pelly’s unique interpretation of Ravel’s two short operas is a true spectacle. L’heure espagnole is a sassy and funny sex farce while L’enfant et les sortileges is a touching mortality tale in which fantastical fairy tale characters, animals, furniture and crockery all come to life to teach a small boy about kindness.
Sunday 21 June 5.30pm
Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring.
Wednesday 1 July 7.15pm
Following his multi-award winning box office sensation Senna, director Asif Kapadia turns talents to another cultural icon.
Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history, a pop star with soul and a unique musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.
From Friday 3 July
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Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini's final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera's theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera's most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son's head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.
Live broadcast: Sunday 5 July 2.45pm
Encore screening: Sunday 12 July 11.00pm
NT Live 2014-15 Season: Everyman. A New Adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy
BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre's new Director Rufus Norris (Broken,London Road).
Live broadcast: Thursday 16 July 7.00pm
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Encore screening: Sunday 2 August 11.00am
Glyndebourne Festival 2015: Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Live from Glyndebourne – the home of Mozart – comes a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), the opera in which the 25-year-old composer is often said to have found his mature voice. Both a popular comedy and a compassionate Enlightenment drama, Entführung tells the story of one man’s attempt to rescue his beloved from the harem of a Turkish despot and his fall to the mercy of his nemesis.
Sunday 19 July 5.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company 2015 Season: The Merchant of Venice
In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood. Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham) directs Shakespeare's uncompromising tragedy.
Wednesday 22 July 7.00pm
Glyndebourne Festival 2015: Britten's The Rape of Lucretia
Fiona Shaw’s award-winning production of a dark British masterpiece. Britten’s extraordinarily tense and chilling treatment of this historic tale is explored in a brilliant production by Fiona Shaw, best known as an actress in films such as Harry Potter and TV series including True Blood.
Sunday 9 August 6.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company 2015 Season: Henry V - live via satellite.
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V. Henry V will be broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 21 October, the same week as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.
Wednesday 21 October 7.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company 2015 Season: Othello - live via satellite.
Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.
Wednesday 26 August 6.45pm
NT Live 2015 Season: George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem
The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
Live broadcast: Thursday 3 September 7.00pm
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Royal Ballet Live: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score returns to open the 2015/16 Royal Opera House live cinema season. This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations. As MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.
Tuesday 22 September 7.15pm
National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand. Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.
Thursday 24 September 7.00pm
Royal Opera Live: Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart’s genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by Mozart’s outstanding music.
Monday 5 October 6.45pm
National Theatre Live 2015-16 Season
Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy, directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
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Thursday 15 October 7.00pm
Royal Ballet Live: Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky pas de deux
Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme from The Royal Ballet.
Thursday 12 November 7.15pm
Royal Opera Live: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold.
Thursday 10 December 7.15pm
Royal Ballet Live: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets.
Wednesday 16 December 7.15pm
Royal Ballet Live: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Messager's The Two Pigeons
This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music’s dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was the pinnacle of Ashton’s romantic style. The second half of the programme features Ashton’s delicate, deceptively comic The Two Pigeons - a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere.
Tuesday 26 January 2016 7.15pm
Royal Opera Live: Verdi's La Traviata
La Traviata is regarded as one of Verdi’s finest operas, and Richard Eyre’s traditional staging is one of The Royal Opera’s most popular productions. The opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera’s greatest heroines, based on the real- life courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 aged just 23.
Thursday 4 February 2016 6.45pm
Royal Opera Live: Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the most complex characters in opera – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.
Monday 21 March 2016 7.15pm
Royal Ballet Live: Adam's Giselle
Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet’s title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love, to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death.
Wednesday 6 April 2016 7.15pm
Royal Opera Live: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera in Three Acts, 170mins TBC including one interval
Conductor: Daniel Oren • Director: Katie Mitchell • Cast: Diana Damrau, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tezier, Taylor Stayton
Lucia di Lammermoor tells the story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17th- century Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers. It contains what is undoubtedly one of opera’s most poignant and gripping mad scenes, and is regarded as one of Donizetti’s finest works.
Monday 25 April 2016 7.15pm
Royal Ballet Live: Scarlett's Frankenstein
Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. For this exciting new ballet Scarlett returns to the music of Lowell Liebermann, from whom he has commissioned a brand new score.
Wednesday 18 May 2016 7.15pm
Royal Opera Live: Massenet’s Werther
Based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Massenet’s opera tells the story of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man. The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, – small wonder that Werther is often considered to be the composer’s finest work.
Monday 27 June 2016 7.00pm