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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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”.


Puccini: La Boheme

Sunday 22nd April   4.00 pm

Captured live at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Cert. exempt   140 min.

Mariangela Sicilia, Francesco Demuro, Hasmik Torosyan

Director: Graham Vick

Online booking for this event is now closed
Tickets are still available on the door

Set in 19th century Paris, Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème charts the love affair between a poor poet Rodolfo (Sardinian tenor Demuro) and a seamstress Mimì (Italian soprano Sicilia) whose relationship is tested by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health.  Graham Vick’s new production is conducted by Michele Mariotti, Teatro Comunale’s exciting Musical Director.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 3.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Sung in Italian, with English subtitles


Battle of the Sexes

Thursday 26th April   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   121 min

Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Andrea Riseborough

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

The 1973 “Battle Of The Sexes” tennis match became one of the most watched sports events of all time, as Billie Jean King answered the challenge set by Bobby Riggs.

She was the most successful female tennis player in the world.  He was a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig who thought women had no business playing tennis.  And their rivalry would be decided in this ultimate grudge match, with the whole world watching.

★★★★ “Emotionally engaging, politically intriguing, dramatically gripping and frequently very funny” The Guardian
★★★★ “Entertaining and surprising ... the tennis is well handled too” The Independent
★★★★ “Emma Stone aces this crowd-pleasing tennis gender war” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Finally, a tennis movie that works” The Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent moderate sex

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NT Live: Macbeth

Thursday 10th May   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   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.

★★★ “Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff give intelligent, angst-ridden performances” Radio Times
★★★ “Norris’s production excels in atmosphere and visuals. It’s darkThe Independent
★★★ “Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth makes every word vibrate with high-tension significance” The Financial Times

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains scenes of a graphic nature

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An American in Paris - The Musical

Wednesday 16th May   7.30 pm

Captured live at the Dominion Theatre, London
160 min.   Cert. 12A (TBC)

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.  It features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ’S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography.  With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris comes from London’s West End to your local community cinema.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility.  Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of The Bernard Hall!  Nominated for two Olivier Awards.

★★★★★ “Full of dance, romance and glorious Gershwin” Sunday Times
★★★★★ “I would beg, borrow or steal to see it all again” Financial Times
★★★★★ “This spectacularly ravishing show has rhythm, romance and razzle-dazzle” Mail on Sunday

All seats are £10 each.

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

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The Greatest Showman

Thursday 24th May   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   105 min

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Director: Michael Gracey

New York, the mid-1800s.  When P.T. Barnum loses his job after the company’s bankruptcy, he sets out to finally give his family the life he promised them by reinventing himself as “The Greatest Showman”.

He starts putting together a circus, trying to create a show like nobody’s ever seen before.  But for a unique show, he’ll need unique performers unafraid to stand out – after all, no-one ever made a difference by being like everyone else...

This film grabbed the UK top spot in its sixth week of release (pushing aside Darkest Hour), something no film has ever done before.

★★★★ “Pure musical entertainment of a sumptuous vintage” Radio Times
★★★ “Jackman proves himself a very reliable musical trouper ... he brings tremendous zest to the role” The Independent
★★★ “Jackman and the entire cast are deeply committed to entertaining” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains brief mild threat, violence

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Darkest Hour

Thursday 7th June   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   122 min

Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James

Director: Joe Wright

Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in this critically-acclaimed biopic that features one of his finest performances.

Winston Churchill was no-one’s first choice for Prime Minister.  But in Great Britain’s “Darkest Hour”, through his refusal to surrender and determination to fight on, he became their last hope.

Within days of his appointment, the Nazi forces had surrounded the British and French armies and were on the brink of annihilating them.  Facing almost certain defeat, Churchill was forced to rally the nation and convince his colleagues to continue the desperate fight for their freedom, against any odds.

★★★★ “Oldman is on phenomenal form as Churchill” The Independent
★★★★ “Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening, Oldman’s performance is the prime reason this film must be seen – but not the only one” Empire
★★★★ “This is the best screen Churchill of the modern era” The Times
★★★★ “Winston Churchill and the British prestige picture both roar back to life in Joe Wright’s near-perfect portrait of a much-studied man” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild bad language

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The Post

Thursday 14th June   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   116 min.

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

Director: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg marshals an all-star cast for this incredible true story about fighting for the truth at all costs.

The Post chronicles the efforts of the Washington Post’s publisher and editor to get the Pentagon Papers – classified documents about a US government cover-up of its actions in Vietnam – published.  The cover-up had spanned the tenures of four Presidents, and it spurred Kay Graham, America’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee, the paper’s editor, to join an unprecedented battle between journalists and the government.

★★★★★ “Spielberg’s thrilling Pentagon Papers drama gives Meryl Streep her richest role in years” The Telegraph
★★★★ “This story is more relevant than ever, and it is told with wit, precision and understated passion” The Guardian
★★★★ “The parallels between the Nixon and Trump administrations will make you flinch” The Independent

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains strong language, brief battle violence

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and Coming Later...

Finding Your Feet
Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley star in this comedy drama about a middle class, judgmental snob who discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend.  Cert. 15

National Theatre Live: Julie (6th September)
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party.  In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them.  Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.  Cert. TBA

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.  Cert. 12A

National Theatre Live: King Lear (27th September)
Ian McKellen takes on the title role in what many consider to be Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.  Cert. TBA