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Live Arts Come To St Mawes

We are delighted to announce that the St Mawes Hidden Cinema will be broadcasting live art performances direct from the world famous Royal Opera House and The National Theatre in London, as part of our ‘Live Arts’ season program.

Immerse yourself into the spectacular world of theatre, opera and ballet as we broadcast live from the stages of these iconic theatres on select dates throughout the year.

Expect to be dazzled as we bring a season of some of the world’s most beloved performances including the Macbeth, Carmen, and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof streamed directly from London to the comfort and luxury of our St Mawes Hidden Cinema. Guests can book a two night stay at The Idle Rocks, to include a sumptuous three course dinner overlooking St Mawes Bay in the Idle Rocks water’s edge restaurant, pre theatre dinner and drinks at the St Mawes Hotel on theatre night and tickets to the Live Arts performances of your choice. We hope you are able to join us to watch these iconic stories unfold on-screen

Dinner and theatre packages also available priced at £49.95 per head, including main course with interval sweet canapés, two glasses of wine and a seat in our Hidden Cinema for the performance of your choice.

Please follow the links below for more information and full listing from both The National Theatre and Royal Opera House.

To make a booking please call our reservations team on 01326 270270 or email quoting Live Arts


There are many wonderful productions throughout 2018 to look out for including:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The National Theatre

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Benedict Andrews
ENCORE: Thursday 22nd February 7pm
ENCORE: Friday 23rd February 7pm

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?


THE WINTER’S TALE The Royal Ballet

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
LIVE: Wednesday 28th February 7.15pm
ENCORE: Thursday 1st March 7.15pm

With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014.
Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. 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. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.Picture caption/credit: Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014


CARMEN The Royal Opera

Composer: Bizet Anna Goryachova / Francesco Meli / Anett Fritsch
LIVE: Tuesday 6th March 2018 6.45pm
ENCORE: Friday 9th March 2018 6.45pm – SOLD OUT!

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera.

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nosein 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmenhe 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. Picturecaption/credit: Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen©2016 M. Ritterhaus via Oper Frankfurt.


Julius Caesar National Theatre Live

By William Shakespeare
LIVE: Thursday 22nd March 7pm
ENCORE: Friday 23rd March 7pm

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.



LIVE: Wednesday 4th April 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 6th April 7.15pm

Verdi’s Opera on Shakespeare’s Tragedy is Conducted By Antonio Pappano



Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

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.

Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.

Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.


MANON The Royal Ballet

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Jules Massenet
LIVE: Thursday 3rd May 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 4th May 7.15pm – SOLD OUT!

Kenneth Macmillan’s powerful telling of Manon and des grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.


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. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion. Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini.

The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux– recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet– that drive this tragic story, and make Manonone of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.


Macbeth The National Theatre

By William Shakespeare
LIVE: Thursday 10th May 7.00pm
ENCORE: Friday 11th 7.00pm

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.



LIVE: Tuesday 15th May 7.00pm
ENCORE: Friday 18th May 7.00pm

Running time approx.. 1 hour 50 minutes followed by live Q & A with Matthew Bourne (approx. 40 minutes)

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’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.

The sights and sounds of war-torn London are recreated by Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and surround sound designed by Paul Groothuis. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

In the UK and Ireland this special dance screening will include a live Q&A with Matthew Bourne exclusively for cinemas.



LIVE: Tuesday 12th June 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 15th June 7.15pm

Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Running time approx. 3 hours (including two intervals)

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer 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.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture.

That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.