From Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September, you'll have a chance to watch much-loved feature films, and/or filmed landmark Royal Opera House ballet and opera performances. And all this for free, although you are encouraged to make a donation to the ROH.
You need to book your tickets in advance, as well as follow the strict anti-Covid 19 regulations. You can book and find all details here.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday 11 September
4:30pm The Royal Opera's production of La Bohème, Puccini's tearjerker set among the impoverished artists of 19th-century Paris, with some glorious tunes and a heart-wrenching finale. Read Culture Whisper's review here.
7pm The Greatest Showman – Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman stars in this retelling of the story of the famous showman and circus pioneer, T. P. Barnum, directed by Michael Gracey.
Saturday 12 September
4pm Back to the Future – Director Robert Zemeckis's charming 1985 sci-fi fantasy, starring Michael J Fox as a teenager who accidentally travels back in time to 1955, meets his future parents and becomes his mother's romantic interest.
7pm The Royal Ballet, Swan Lake
The Royal Ballet, Swan Lake, Marianela Nuñez as Odille, Vadim Muntagirov as Siegfried. Photo © ROH 2018 Bill Cooper
The Royal Ballet's sumptuous production of this timeless classic, with its gorgeous Tchaikovsky score and a cast to die for, headed by principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov as the ill-fated lovers. Read Culture Whisper's review here.
Saturday, 12 September
01.30 pm Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews is the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny in the charming 1964 Disney musical film adaptation of P.L.Travers's book. Winner of 5 Academy Awards out of an amazing 13 nominations, and still a real treat for the whole family.
Sunday 13 September
01.30 pm The Lion King – Another treat for the whole family: the animated musical drama film that tells the story of the young lion Simba, and his perilous path towards succeeding his father as King of the Pride Lands. The all-star cast doing the various animals voices includes Matthew Broderick as Simba, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and Whoopi Goldberg.
4pm Mrs Doubtfire – the late, lamented Robin Williams in a hard-to-beat comic turn as the eponymous housekeeper, a disguise adopted by a divorced father to remain close to his children. Simultaneously funny and heart-warming.
7pm The Royal Ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took a chance with Lewis Carroll's famous tale and it worked, resulting in a zany, colourful and thoroughly enjoyable full-length ballet. Read Culture Whisper's review here.
Should you be in need of sustenance, many of Covent Garden’s restaurants will be available to order food online for collection on the evening. There will also be an open-air bar offering cocktails and snacks throughout each performance.
|What||Cinema on the piazza|
|Where||The Piazza Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
11 Sep 20 – 13 Sep 20, Mats Fri 16:30, Sat & Sun 16:00. Evening shows at 19:00