Live Broadcasts

We have an ongoing programme of live broadcasts from the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House and other venues throughout the season. Please note that live events are received via satellite and susceptible to certain technical issues and atmospheric conditions beyond our control. These are quite rare and we do our best to minimise their impact on the performance.

Tickets for live broadcasts usually go on sale six weeks before broadcast for members and five weeks for non-members. 

Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing

National Theatre: Yerma

31 August @ 19:00 - 21:30
£10 : : Tickets on general sale now

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.

Carmen On The Lake

14 September @ 19:00 - 21:30
£15 : : Tickets on general sale now

Experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. Bizet’s classic tale of passion, obsession and destiny is sure to captivate your heart with its beautiful Spanish melodies, spectacular staging and innovative use of the lake’s water as an extension of the stage.
Directed by Kasper Holten, the former Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin.

Royal Opera House: The Magic Flute

20 September @ 19:15 - 22:25
£15 : : Tickets on general sale now

Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…

Globe Theatre: King Lear

21 September @ 19:30 - 22:30
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King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he makes a decision to divide his kingdom among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute. As he comes to realize the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity.

Royal Opera House: La Boheme

3 October @ 19:15 - 21:50
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We will be showing Puccini’s La Bohème live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.15pm When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il Trittico) directs […]

National Theatre: Hamlet (2015 production with Benedict Cumberbatch)

5 October @ 19:00 - 22:30
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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
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. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus

11 October @ 19:00 - 22:30
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A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

23 October @ 19:15 - 22:00
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At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…

National Theatre: Follies

16 November @ 19:00 - 22:30
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New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Vaudeville Theatre: A Woman Of No Importance

28 November @ 19:15 - 22:00
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‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.’
An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret.

Royal Ballet: Nutcracker

5 December @ 19:15 - 21:30
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The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Bridge Theatre: Young Marx

7 December @ 19:00 - 22:30
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1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Starring Rory Kinnear as Marx, this production reunites the creative team behind the Broadway & West End hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors”

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto

16 January, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:00
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The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

Royal Opera House: Tosca

7 February, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:15
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Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night

14 February, 2018 @ 19:00 - 22:30
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‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, and all the brothers too.’
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale

28 February, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:15
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Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Royal Opera House: Carmen

6 March, 2018 @ 18:45 - 22:10
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera.
For Carmen he has devised a far from traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Vaudeville Theatre: Lady Windermere’s Fan

20 March, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:00
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

‘You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.’
The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?

Bridge Theatre: Julius Caesar

22 March, 2018 @ 19:00 - 22:00
£10 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production stars David Calder as Caesar and David Morrison as Mark Antony.

Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary

27 March, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:15
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all Bernstein programme from associate choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
Featuring the first revival of Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety and two world premieres by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein.

Royal Opera House: Macbeth

4 April, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:30
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria La luce langue.

Royal Ballet: Manon

3 May, 2018 @ 19:15 - 21:50
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Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.
Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

New Adventures: Cinderella

15 May, 2018 @ 19:00 - 22:00
£12.50 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

Vaudeville Theatre: An Ideal Husband

5 June, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:00
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

We will be showing Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband live from the Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 5th June at 7.15pm
More details of the production will be announced nearer the time.

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

12 June, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:15
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Vaudeville Theatre: Importance of Being Earnest

9 October, 2018 @ 19:15 - 22:00
£15 : : Tickets on sale approx six weeks before event

We will be showing Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest live from the Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th October at 7.15pm
Details of this production will be announced nearer the time.