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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 new ‘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, which started this September with Mozart’s celebrated opera, The Magic Flute.

Expect to be dazzled as we bring a season of some of the world’s most beloved performances, including the Nutcracker, Hamlet, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 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 more wonderful productions in 2018 to look out for including:

Rigoletto The Royal Opera

LIVE: Tuesday 16th January 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 19th January 7.15PM

David Mcvicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic Opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe & Michael Fabiano.


TOSCA The Royal Opera

LIVE: Wednesday 7th February 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 9th February 7.15pm

Drama, passion & fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja & Gerald Finley.

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’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The National Theatre

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Benedict Andrews
ENCORE: Thursday 22 February 7pm
ENCORE: Friday 23 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 28 February 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 2 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 6 March 2018 6.45pm
ENCORE: Friday 9th March 2018 6.45pm

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 22 March 7pm
ENCORE: Friday 23 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: Tuesday 27 March 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 30 March 7.15pm

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme.


Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballethas united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregorand Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.


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.


MANON The Royal Ballet

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Jules Massenet
LIVE: Thursday 3 May 7.15pm
ENCORE: Friday 4 May 7.15pm

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.