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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Arrival

Thursday 27th April   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   116 min

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Why are they here?  Find out for yourself with Arrival, a tense, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller by the director of Sicario.

It was just another day at work for Louise.  But then she saw the news of the ‘Arrival’ of alien spacecraft that have suddenly, inexplicably appeared across the globe.

She’s an expert linguist who can fluently speak many languages, and the army have recruited her to help them communicate with the aliens.  But everyone is frightened, unsure what the aliens intend, and she only has a limited time to make contact.  And how do you even begin to translate a completely alien, unknowable language?

★★★★★ “Dazzling science-fiction that will leave you speechless” The Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Arrival grips you with the strength of its ideas and the quality of its execution” Empire
★★★★★ “Amy Adams shines ... Arrival is one of the best sci-fi films you’ll see this decade” The Daily Mail

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent strong language

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NT Live: Obsession

Thursday 11th May   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   120 min.

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, to be broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London.  Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome.  At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna.  Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband.  But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains nudity

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La Scala: Romeo and Juliet

Sunday 14th May   3.00 pm

Captured live at La Scala Theatre, Milan
Cert. exempt   175 min.

Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Principal dancers: Roberto Bolle, Misty Copeland

Patrick Fournillier conducts La Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra for a rousing performance of Kenneth MacMillan's expressive choreography based on Shakespeare's tragedy, captured live at the historic Teatro alla Scala opera house in Milan.

Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland, together for the first time in this production, dance the roles of the star-crossed lovers who hope their feelings for each other can bridge the divide between the feuding Capulet and Montague clans.

The set was designed especially for La Scala in 2010 by Mauro Carosi and Odette Nicoletti and was recently taken on tour in Japan.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 2.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Thursday 18th May   7.00 pm

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

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, five-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, to be broadcast live from the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best ... A first-rate revival of an astonishing play” The Guardian
★★★★★ “James Macdonald’s blistering production.  Intoxicatingly good.” The Financial Times
★★★★★ “Conleth Hill is superb.  Exquisite” The Evening Standard

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Manchester by the Sea

Thursday 25th May   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 15   134 min

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year – winner of two BAFTAs and two Oscars – Manchester by the Sea is a devastating drama with a towering performance by Casey Affleck at its core.

When Lee Chandler learns that his brother has suddenly passed away, he has to return to his hometown, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, to help with preparations for the funeral.  Lee left Manchester years ago, and he hates going back there.  Upon learning that he’s been made the legal guardian of his nephew Patrick, he’s put in an impossible situation: he can’t bear to stay in Manchester, but he can’t abandon Patrick.

★★★★★ “Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester by the Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief” Empire
★★★★★ “The most emotionally intelligent movie I’ve seen in a long time ... Casey Affleck is an unexploded bomb” The Times
★★★★★ “Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief” Time Out

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains very strong language

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La La Land

Thursday 1st June   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   128 min

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Director: Damien Chazelle

Here’s to the fools who dream.  Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land is a glorious Hollywood musical that swept the boards at this year’s awards ceremonies, winning six Oscars, five BAFTAs and seven Golden Globes.

La La Land follows the entwined stories of Mia, an aspiring actress who serves coffee between auditions, and Sebastian, a jazz pianist confined to playing the hits in dingy bars.  A breathless, life-affirming romance begins between the two of them, and they’re happy for the first time in a long time.  But as they finally find success, the dreams they’ve pursued for so long threaten to tear them apart...

★★★★★ “Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling lay on the charm in Damien Chazelle’s magical love letter to the golden age of Hollywood” The Guardian
★★★★★ “You’ll leave with a tear in your eye and a song in your heart” The Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “It’s hard to imagine any 2017 movie will leave you on a higher high” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent strong language

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NT Live: Peter Pan

Saturday 10th June   3.00 pm

A National Theatre presentation
Captured live in front of an audience
Cert. PG   170 min.

All children, except one, grow up...

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it.  In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.  A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

★★★★★ “Spellbindingly imaginative.  An edgy and dazzling production that lights up the National Theatre” Radio Times
★★★★ “An awfully big adventure.  Sally Cookson’s production is a wonder ... ticks all the boxes for adults and children” The Times
★★★★ “Unforgettable.  Delightful.  Magic” The Guardian

Seats are £10 for adults and there is a special rate of £6 for children under 15.

Doors open 2.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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Lion

Thursday 15th June   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. PG   118 min

Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Director: Garth Davis

Lion tells the extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who was born in India but adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his family.  When he was five years old, he got lost on a train travelling away from his home.  Years later, living in safety and security in Australia, he yearns to reunite with his family and decides to use Google Earth to track them down.  But his memories are hazy, and it could take years...

Based on Saroo’s book of his experiences, Lion is a critically-acclaimed true story that would be almost impossible to believe if it hadn’t actually happened.

★★★★ “Dev Patel excels in this incredible postmodern odyssey” The Guardian
★★★★ “An astonishing true story that’s treated with an admirably light and artistic touch” Empire
★★★★ “Inescapably moving ... it will rip you into a thousand pieces” The Daily Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains scenes of emotional intensity, mild threat

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NT Live: Salomé

Thursday 22nd June   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   200 min.

The story has been told before, but never like this.  An occupied desert nation.  A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike.  A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged re-telling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

“Epic. A near-perfect production.” The Guardian (on Les Blancs )

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Angels in America

Part One: Millenium Approaches
Thursday 20th July   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   225 min.

America in the mid-1980s.  In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on Thursday 27th July (see below).

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Angels in America

Part Two: Perestroika
Thursday 27th July   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   240 min.

America in the mid-1980s.  In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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and Coming Later...

 
Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (29th June)
The true story of an airline pilot (played by Tom Hanks) who makes a miraculous landing on the Hudson.  Cert. 12A

A United Kingdom (13th July)
In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London.  David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star.  Cert. 12A

NT Live: Yerma (31st August)
Billie Piper reprises her smash-hit, award-winning role as a young woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.  Cert. 15

Moonlight (7th September)
This Oscar-winning film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.  Cert. 15

Beauty and the Beast
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson star in this live-action remake of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.  Cert. PG

Hidden Figures
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.  Cert. PG

Their Finest
London, 1940.  The war ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale, and hires a young Welsh woman as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue.  Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy star.  Cert. 12A