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.

To contact us, email cinema@cuddingtonvillage.com

For details of National Theatre Live events, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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New Induction Loop System

We are delighted to announce that we have now 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 new 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”.

 

Baby Driver

Thursday 30th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 15   113 min

Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Lily James

Director: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver follows the adventures of talented young getaway driver Baby, who has a ringing in his ears and plays music to quieten it – which makes him the best in the business.

Driving to his custom playlist, he’s laser-focused on the road and able to get out of any jam.  He wants to escape his life of crime and bring the girl of his dreams with him, but his boss forces him to take one last job that could cost him everything...

★★★★★ “Exhilarating ... hits all the right notes” The Guardian
★★★★★ “Sweet, funny and utterly original – an awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking” Empire
★★★★★ “Edgar Wright’s infectious car-chase thriller will make you believe in magic” The Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains strong language and violence

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NT Live: Young Marx

Thursday 7th December   7.00 pm

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

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx, and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.  Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho.  Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures.  His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius... his only hope is a job on the railway.  But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

★★★★ “A wily, fast-paced comedy ... Rory Kinnear is on glorious form here” The Independent
★★★★ “High Marx for the Bridge Theatre’s auspicious opening show” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Hugely enjoyable ... Rory Kinnear is superb in this witty play” Radio Times

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains strong language, sexual references and violence

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What We Did on Our Holiday

Thursday 14th December   8.00 pm

2014   Cert. 12A   95 min

Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Billy Connolly

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin

Newly separated Doug and Abi, along with their three children, travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s birthday party.  The couple try to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family, but it soon becomes clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps, their children are their biggest liability.

From nine-year-old Lottie’s notebook to keep track of the lies so she remembers which ones to tell, to four-year-old Jess’s perverse attachment to a brick named Norman signalling her maladjustment a mile off, the parents are kept on tenterhooks and a week has never seemed such a long time.  But it’s middle child Mickey and his granddad’s shared passion for Vikings which gives rise to the most far-reaching and unexpected consequences, when a day at the beach turns to tragedy and the children take matters into their own hands.

This hilarious film was written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, creators of the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

★★★★ “It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie” The Guardian
★★★★ “The kids are the stars of this disarming British film” Radio Times
★★★ “Connolly convinces in this cute and charming comedy” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate bad language, discriminatory language, moderate sex references

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Captain Underpants

Tuesday 19th December   2.00 pm

2017   Cert. U   89 min

Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll

Director: David Soren

Best friends George and Harold have created their own comic book about a superhero they call Captain Underpants.  One day, while being told off by their school head teacher Mr Krupp, they accidentally hypnotise him into believing he is Captain Underpants.

While they try to control Mr Krupp as his delusions of heroism begin to get out of hand, they learn that a new teacher, Professor Poopypants, is actually an evil scientist planning an attack on the school.  As the boys persuade Mr Krupp to stop trying to perfect the art of flying and help them stop Professor Poopypants, what they thought would be a normal day at school turns out to be a day they’ll never forget!

★★★★ “A really good-natured and unashamedly silly animated comedy” The Guardian
★★★★ “The film is lovely ... A hero who will charm the pants off you” Evening Standard
★★★★ “A valiant, gas-propelled defence of potty humour” The Telegraph

Doors open 1.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild rude humour and comic threat

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Beauty and the Beast

Saturday 30th December   5.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   129 min

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Director: Bill Condon

Retelling the timeless tale for a new generation, Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a spirited, intelligent and beautiful woman who is taken prisoner by a beast.

Trapped and alone, she gradually begins to befriend the castle’s enchanted staff: Cogsworth the clock, Lumiere the candlestick and Mrs. Potts the teapot.  And over time, she learns to look past her captor’s monstrous appearance, beginning to fall for the kind-hearted prince he once was.

★★★★ “Emma Watson dazzles in Disney’s show-stopping chocolate box of a remake” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Stunning choreography... and Emma Watson in her best post-Potter role” Daily Mail
★★★★ “The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair” Empire

Doors open 4.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild violence, threat

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The Lion in Winter

Thursday 11th January   8.00 pm

1968   Cert. 12A   129 min

Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton

Director: Anthony Harvey

England, the 12th Century.  After the death of his son and heir, King Henry II (O’Toole) is obsessed with finding a new successor, and so summons his three remaining sons.  Also summoned is his wife, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine (Hepburn), who he has kept imprisoned for the last ten years.  As the royal couple scheme and cajole with their sons, their passions turn from tenderness to fury as they try to determine who should be the future King of England.

This is a stunning digital restoration of the 1968 classic, for which Katherine Hepburn won her third of an unprecedented four Best Actress Oscars.  Director Anthony Harvey was also nominated.

“Anthony Harvey’s Plantagenet family soap opera has savage catfights, drippy suitors, a fruity Peter O’Toole and even a proto-Brokeback Mountain moment.  It’s laugh-out-loud funny” The Guardian
“A rousing episode of historical melodrama, lit up by two really big performances from Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole” Empire
“The script and the performances are simply dazzling” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate language and sex references

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NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Thursday 22nd February   7.00 pm

Captured live in front of an audience
Cert. 15   185 min.

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?

★★★★ “A bold reimagining... innovative and powerfully acted” The Sunday Times
★★★★ “A brilliant, lacerating account of the play... unforgettable” The Independent
★★★★ “Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth” Metro

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains nudity

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NT Live: Julius Caesar

Thursday 22nd March   7.00 pm

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

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.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate.  Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down.  After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

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.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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NT Live: Macbeth

Thursday 10th May   7.00 pm

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

Director: Rufus Norris

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

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.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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and Coming Later...

 
The Eagle Huntress (18th January)
Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.  Cert. U

Dunkirk (1st February)
Ahead of the latest big-screen portrayal of Operation Dynamo, watch the original film from 1958 starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee.  This is another film to benefit from a recent digital restoration.  Cert. PG

Dunkirk (8th February)
Christopher Nolan brings his vision to the story of the evacuation from Dunkirk, one of the defining events of the 20th Century.  Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance star.  Cert. 12A

Handel’s Messiah (28th March)
Captured live at the Bristol Old Vic and staged by the Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), this extraordinary production will feature Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, the magnificent Erebus Ensemble and a cast of internationally-renowned soloists.  Cert. 12A TBC

Victoria & Abdul
Judy Dench stars as Queen Victoria, who forms an unlikely and devoted alliance with a young Indian clerk named Abdul.  Cert. PG

Goodbye Christopher Robin
A touching drama about the family behind Winnie the Pooh, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.  Cert. PG

Breathe
The extraordinary true story of Robin Cavendish, a young, daring and adventurous man whose life was changed forever after polio left him paralysed at the age of 28.  Cert. 12A

Murder On The Orient Express
Agatha Christie’s classic novel comes to life in this new remake with an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp and Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot himself.  Cert. 12A

Paddington 2
When a dastardly thief steals Paddington’s present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to catch the thief and get the gift back.  Cert. PG