SpArC Theatre

Bishops Castle, SY9 5AY

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Upcoming Live Shows


Thursday30Apr

Theatre Newfoundland Labrador
With Cruel Times in Between

A fantastic opportunity to enjoy an international company with six performers, harmony singing and ensemble performance simply staged. Nostalgic and tender human stories of pioneering lives, growing up in an era of tough hardships and strong communities, of childhood lives dominated by the weather and landscape, of being forced to give up a way of life in the face of ‘progress’.

Age range
age 10+

Tickets Adult: £10.00  Child: £7.00  Family: £30.00

Time
19:30

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Recommended age 10+

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Upcoming Satellite Screenings


Wednesday4Mar

Royal Shakespeare Company
Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing)

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare's matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love's Labour's Won, a name possibly attributed to it during Shakespeare's lifetime.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:01

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Thursday12Mar

NT Live
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road). Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

Age range
12a

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
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Tuesday17Mar

The Royal Ballet Live
Swan Lake

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight.

Tickets Adult: £12.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:15

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Thursday26Mar

NT Live
A View From the Bridge

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

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Thursday16Apr

NT Live
The Hard Problem

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

Age range
12a

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

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Thursday23Apr

ENO Screen
La Traviata - Encore

La Traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation. A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours. Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. Encore screening captured from a live performance at the English National Opera.

Tickets Adult: £12.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:00

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Tuesday5May

The Royal Ballet Live
La Fille Mal Gardée

Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold's original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet's repertory. The title translates as 'The Wayward Daughter'. La Fille displays some of Ashton's most virtuosic choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet's most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster's colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:15

Enquiries
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Thursday14May

NT Live
Man and Superman

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary. Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

Age range
12a

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
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Tuesday19May

ENO Screen
The Pirates of Penzance

Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling The Pirates of Penzance comes to ENO in a highly anticipated new production from renowned film maker and director Mike Leigh. This much-loved comic opera is a showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.

Tickets Adult: £12.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:30

Enquiries
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Thursday16Jul

NT Live
Everyman

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). Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
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Wednesday22Jul

Royal Shakespeare Company
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 ove. A wronged fathe, and despised outside, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood. Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare's uncompromising tragedy.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

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Wednesday26Aug

Royal Shakespeare Company
Othello

After more than a decade of working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Othello, Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msmati (Game of Thrones) in the role of Iago. 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.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

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Upcoming Films


Tuesday10Mar

Mr. Turner (12a)

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
150

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday2Apr

The Imitation Game (12a)

Based on the real life story of legendary code-breaker Alan Turing, this portrays the nail-biting race against time by his brilliant top-secret team to break the Enigma Code, during the darkest days of World War II. A truly original mathematician, Turing was crucial to Britain’s war efforts and later helped to develop the first computers, but died in disgrace after being prosecuted for his homosexuality. Strong, stirring, triumphant and tragic, Cumberbatch is in his element playing the prickly genius in this rousing tribute to those who think differently from the rest.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
114

Enquiries
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Thursday2Apr

Paddington (PG)

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
3.30pm

Running Time
95

Enquiries
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Tuesday12May

The Theory of Everything (2014) (12a)

Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, this is the sweet, love-filled story of her life with the extraordinary Stephen Hawking. Together they defy impossible odds and achieve more than they could ever have dreamed. A healthy, active young man, at 21, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Two brilliant lead performances make for a tremendously moving and inspirational experience. Certainly Redmayne’s astonishing turn merits comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
123

Enquiries
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