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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A Christmas Carol

Tuesday 11th December   8.00 pm

Cert. U   80 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.

With a U certificate, and a running time of 80 minutes, this event is a must-see Christmas treat for children as well as adults!

★★★★★ “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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Incredibles 2

Wednesday 19th December   2.00 pm

2018   Cert. PG   118 min.

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Brad Bird

Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2!

This time Helen (aka Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life.  It’s a tough transition for every one, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.

When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible...

★★★★ “Slapstick genius and a monstrously funny infant combine to conjure a magical second outing for the superhero family” The Guardian
★★★★ “A wonderfully lively, witty affair with plenty of breakneck action” The Independent
★★★★ “A hugely entertaining and often visually audacious Pixar superhero movie” The Times

Doors open 1.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild language and violence, strobe lighting

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The King and I

Thursday 27th December   7.00 pm

Captured live at London’s Palladium Theatre
Cert. 12A   180 min.

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event, recorded live at London’s iconic Palladium.

Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen“ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance.  Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

★★★★★ “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” The Times
★★★★ “Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” The Telegraph
★★★★ “We left the Palladium on a bright cloud of music – joyous!” The Daily Mail

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Thursday 10th January   7.00 pm

1959   Cert. PG   212 min.

Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

Director: William Wyler

When Prince Judah Ben-Hur hears that his childhood friend Messala has been named to command the Roman garrison of Jerusalem, he is thrilled.  He soon finds, however, that his friend has changed and has become an arrogant conqueror, full of the grandeur of Rome.  When Judah refuses to divulge the names of Jews who oppose Roman rule, Messala decides to make an example of him and sends him off as a galley slave.  Through fate and good fortune, Judah survives the galleys and manages to return to Jerusalem in the hopes of finding his mother and sister, who were also imprisoned, and to seek revenge against his one-time friend.

The film used 300 sets at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios and won a record 11 Oscars.  A battle at sea and a chariot race are among the memorable sequences.  This superb new high-definition digital transfer from the original 65mm film footage demands to be seen on the big screen.

★★★★★ “Little can come close to captivating the grandeur and quality of William Wyler’s magnificent epic” Empire
★★★★★ “Powerful and gripping … one of cinema’s greatest blockbusters” The Telegraph

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate violence

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The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Tuesday 15th January   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A (TBC)   180 min.

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain.  His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar.  Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the King’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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King of Thieves

Thursday 24th January   8.00 pm

2018   Cert. 15   108 min.

Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent

Director: James Marsh

King Of Thieves chronicles the true story of the Hatton Garden jewellery heist, in which a group of retired criminals in their 60s and 70s made off with £14 million.  Police initially believed that the robbery had been undertaken by a gang of super-thieves, but it turned out that they were mostly just unoccupied and bored, looking for one last hurrah.

This thrilling – and hard to believe – true story boasts an all-star cast including Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone.

★★★ “Packed with fine performances from some of British cinema’s best-loved names” The Independent
★★★ “Seeing these stalwarts of British film interact will likely give you a buzz of your own” Empire
★★★ “A wily cast of rough diamonds help this Hatton Garden biopic shine” The Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains very strong language

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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...

The Children Act (14th February)
Emma Thompson stars as a high court judge who’s asked to rule on the case of a young boy, suffering from cancer, whose Jehovah’s Witness parents won’t allow him to undergo a blood transfusion.  Cert. 12A

The Happy Prince
Once one of the most famous writers in England, Oscar Wilde is now disgraced and in exile.  In his final days, he reminisces about times past and considers how much his fortune has changed.  Rupert Everett writes, directs and stars as Wilde.  Cert. 15

Bohemian Rhapsody
The extraordinary story of Freddie Mercury, who became one of the most beloved entertainers in the world as Queen’s lead singer and legendary frontman.  Cert. 12A


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”.