Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

The Village Picture House

Welcome to the Village Picture House at Cuddington, screening a diverse range of films from current blockbusters to classic movies of the past, along with Live and Encore presentations from the National Theatre.  All in high definition and in high fidelity, multi-channel surround sound.

Buy tickets from Cuddington Stores (cash only, please), or book now and pay online by credit card or PayPal.  We operate a ticketless system online: no tickets are sent out either by post or email.  On the day, we have a list of all those who have bought tickets online, so we shall know that you have bought seats.  Online bookings close approximately two hours before the start of the show.

All events are screened at the Bernard Hall, Upper Church Street, Cuddington  HP18 0AP.  Please note that car parking outside the Hall is very limited.

Our grateful thanks to AVDC Community Chest, a partnership with Vale of Aylesbury Housing, which provided nearly half the funding for this project.

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NT Live: King Lear

Thursday 27th September   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   220 min.

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (The Independent) of King Lear in the Bernard Hall.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

★★★★★ “Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Ian McKellen’s extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear” The Independent
★★★★★ “Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Ian McKellen delivers a profound portrait of a soul in torment” The Guardian

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Contains strobe lighting

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Lady Bird

Thursday 4th October   8.00 pm

2018   Cert. 15   94 min.

Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Director: Greta Gerwig

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is a young girl who spends almost all her time fighting against her mother – with whom she has more in common than she’d like to admit.  They both care deeply for each other, but they’re also extremely opinionated, strong-willed and always sure that they’re right.  As Lady Bird grows up, determined to go to university, we observe how their relationship constantly changes and defines them both.

This original, emotional and uplifting coming-of-age film was nominated for five Oscars and three BAFTAs.

★★★★★ “Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are tremendous in Greta Gerwig’s moving and gloriously funny film” The Guardian
★★★★★ “A loving ode to mothers, daughters and the girlhood towns we never fully leave behind” Time Out
★★★★ “Greta Gerwig’s beautifully observed drama leaves the nest fully formed” The Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains very strong language, brief strong nudity

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Supertramp: Live in Paris ’79

Thursday 18th October   8.00 pm

2011   Cert. exempt   100 min.

Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson, Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg

Director: Peter Clifton

This show, captured live at the Pavillon de Paris in December 1979, was part of Supertramp’s legendary “Breakfast in America” tour.  This recording of the classic Supertramp line-up has been transferred and restored from the original film footage.  The sound has been remixed by Peter Henderson and Supertramp’s original sound engineer Russel Pope from the original multi-tracks and is presented in 5.1 surround sound.

The show is packed with Supertramp hits and this outstanding performance is a must-see.  Set List

★★★★☆ “Captures these inspired cornballs at their unified melodic peak”
★★★★ “Supertramp is in top form here … should easily please their legion of fans” Jeffrey Kauffman

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

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On Chesil Beach

Thursday 25th October   8.00 pm

2018   Cert. 15   110 min.

Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne‑Marie Duff

Director: Dominic Cooke

It’s 1962, and Edward and Florence have just got married.  They’re honeymooning “On Chesil Beach”, but it’s not long before their inexperience with relationships gets the better of them.  It’s a modest honeymoon, but a happy one as the young couple gradually get to know each other better.  Yet soon, something happens – and a confession is made – that shakes this fledgling marriage to its core.  Based on Ian McEwan’s acclaimed, Booker-nominated novel.

★★★★ “A painstaking observation of hapless lovers” The Independent
★★★ “A sensitive translation of Ian McEwan’s elegy to inhibited England” The Guardian
★★★ “An opulent, well crafted and acted tale of emotional repression” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains strong sex and sex references

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NT Live: Allelujah!

Thursday 1st November   7.00 pm

Captured live in front of an audience
Cert. 12A   170 min.

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is “just what the doctor ordered” (Daily Telegraph).  Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this “rousing chorus line for the NHS” (The Observer) in the Bernard Hall.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive.  A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film.  Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

★★★★ “Alan Bennett’s new NHS play is a surprisingly high-spirited occasion” The Independent
★★★★ “Patients’ singalongs and Bennett’s stinging wit light up a state-of-the-nation play” The Guardian
★★★★ “Enjoyability is the watchword ... just what the doctor ordered” The Telegraph

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew

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The Zookeeper's Wife

Thursday 15th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   127 min.

Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

Director: Niki Caro

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski.  The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care.  When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly-appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck.  The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.

★★★ “A handsomely presented tale that dependably strums at your heartstrings” The Telegraph
★★★ “A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl” Empire
★★★ “The film does a good job working through the moral struggles of people who could not turn a blind eye to injustice ... a story worth telling” The Guardian

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate violence, threat, nudity

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NT Live: The Madness of George III

Tuesday 20th November   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   210 min.

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world.  But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.  With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra

Thursday 6th December   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   220 min.

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead.  General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome.  But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.  In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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A Christmas Carol

Tuesday 11th December   8.00 pm

Cert. U (TBC)   90 min.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved books in the English language.  This treasured story has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike, and offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.

Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving.  Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) returns to wow audiences with this tour-de-force performance, reimagined especially for cinema.  A must-see Christmas treat!

★★★★★ “Beautiful and magical ... Simon Callow is an absolute master” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Simon Callow charms in this captivating reimagining of Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge” The Express
★★★★ “Toe-wrigglingly delightful ... Dickens’ familiar entreaty for kindness and Christmas cheer rarely hits home with such force” The Stage
★★★★ “Simon Callow’s engaging storytelling style means we are instantly drawn in to Dickens’s glorious seasonal fable of hope and redemption” The Guardian

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: I’m Not Running

Thursday 31st January   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   180 min.

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign.  When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue?  Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English”.  His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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and Coming Later...

On Chesil Beach (25th October)
It’s 1962, and newly-married Edward and Florence are honeymooning ‘On Chesil Beach’, but it’s not long before their inexperience with relationships gets the better of them.  Cert. 15

The Zookeeper’s Wife (15th November)
In 1939 the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, joined the Resistance and helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.  Cert. 12A

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (29th November)
Sophie is now pregnant.  Moving between past and present, we follow her as she tries to come to terms with her situation, and also see how Donna did it all those years ago, falling in love and building a home for her family on their sun-soaked island.  Cert. PG


Induction Loop System

We have installed an induction loop system in the Hall, for use during all our films, NT Live plays and other productions.

Most hearing aids are able to receive the signal from our amplifier, which will “broadcast” the centre audio channel (which carries the actors’ speech) from our films and stage plays.  To pick up the signal, switch your hearing aid to “T”, “T-coil” or “Telecoil”.