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BLEAK HOUSE

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 7:30pm

TICKETS: Adults £12, friends £11.50, students/ES40s £6.00. 

The Pantaloons return to the Regal, this time bringing a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook’s Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to unravel, with far-reaching consequences.

Hilarious, tragic and romantic by turns, The Pantaloons retell Dickens’ classic novel in their own inimitable style. The company of five actor-musicians bring the novel’s cast of over 50 characters to life in a thrilling tale of love, skulduggery and spontaneous combustion.

The Pantaloons are a vibrant and anarchic theatre company whose style draws from a wide variety of popular theatre traditions from commedia dell’arte and clowning to stand-up comedy and silent movies.

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ALTER EAGLES

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 7:30pm

TICKETS: Adults £18.00, Friends £17.50.  No other concessions.

Be part of an incredible evening paying tribute to one of the greatest bands of the last 50 years.  Performed with a sensational 7-piece live band and complete with all those perfect harmonies, the Alter Eagles are highly respected for their incredible accuracy.

With all the energy from an original concert, listen to all the Eagles’ greatest hits, including Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy and many more. If you never got the chance to see them live, you won’t be disappointed with Alter Eagles.

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FIDELIO

Tuesday, 17th March 2020 - 7:15pm

TICKETS: Adult: £15.50, Friends of the Regal, Film Society Member, & ES40s £13.00, Full time students £10.00

LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

FIDELIO by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Sung in German with English subtitles.

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes.  Note start time.

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GISELLE

Friday, 20th March 2020 - 7:30pm

TICKETS: Adults £17.50, Friends of the Regal £17.00, Students/ ES40s £15.50, Under 16s £10.00.

Ballet Theatre UK

Ballet Theatre UK presents the classic ballet, Giselle.  First performed in 1841 with music by Adolphe Adam, this ballet has retained its popularity with audiences and is considered to be one of the jewels in the crown of the romantic repertoire.

It tells the tragic tale of Giselle, a young girl who falls deeply in love but she is cruelly deceived as he was already betrothed to another. Through despair and desperation, she kills herself as she cannot live without him. The Queen of the Wilis, along with the ghosts of young girls who die before their wedding nights, condemns the lover to dance to his death. He can only be saved by the intervention of the spirit of Giselle and the break of dawn which force the Wilis to flee.

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IOLANTHE

Monday, 23rd March 2020 - 7:30pm

TICKETS: Adults £9.00, Friends of the Regal £8.50, Students/ ES40s £4.00

Somerset Opera makes a welcome return to the Regal Theatre, Minehead to perform Iolanthe, a comic opera in two acts, by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The fairy Iolanthe has been banished from fairyland because she married a mortal.   Her son, Strephon, wants to marry Phyllis, but as a ward of court she needs her guardian, the Lord Chancellor’s, permission. However, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords, are sighing after her. Soon the peers and the fairies are at virtual war.

With a melodious score and brilliant wit, Iolanthe satirises many aspects of British government, law and society.  The House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted and the political party system and other institutions are mocked. Yet the criticism is couched among such amiable absurdities that it is all received as good fun

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LITTLE WOMEN

Tuesday, 24th March 2020 - 7:30pm

Details to follow

TICKETS:  £5.00 (Film Society Members £3.00)

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Tuesday, 14th April 2020 - 7:30pm

Monthly film screening for members and their guests

TICKETS: Members £3.00, Guests £5.00

Dir Céline Sciamma   France 2020   121 mins    

This gripping 18th Century romance is an elegant and enigmatic story of obsession, and has won multiple awards including Best Screenplay at Cannes.  Subtitled.

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SWAN LAKE

Wednesday, 15th April 2020 - 7:15pm

Recorded from the Royal Opera House

SWAN LAKE

Details to follow

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI

Tuesday, 28th April 2020 - 7:00pm

Recorded from the Royal Opera House

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI

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The PERSONAL HISTORY of DAVID COPPERFIELD

Tuesday, 12th May 2020 - 7:30pm

Dir Armando Iannucci 

UK/US 2019     119 mins    

Dev Patel stars in this brilliantly realised adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most personal and optimistic novel, telling a story of compassion and humour which reflects the resilience and wit of its main character.

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