Tosca from the Royal Opera House, screening at the Kirkgate Centre

Drama, passions and fabulous music - Puccini's operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley. Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800.

The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

Director: Jonathan Kent

Conductor: Dan Ettinger

Starring: Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca, Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi and Gerald Finley as Scarpia

*Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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A delightful family show featuring silly Vikings, live music, puppets and projections - performed live at the Kirkgate, Cockermouth

By Third Party Productions

A delightful family show featuring silly Vikings, live music, puppets and projections - performed live at the Kirkgate, Cockermouth By Third Party Productions In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale... of Noggin the Nog!

These classic stories created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin are playfully retold in this new piece of theatre for Children, Families and Fans. Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we go North on a journey of adventure and discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked Uncle: Nogbad the Bad! Noggin is a family show with a strong cross generational appeal and has been a hit at Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals.

“A show which appeals to both children and adults. Whether you know the stories of Noggin or not this is a show which should be seen by all.” - What’s On Stage *****

“An expertly acted, beautifully realised stage play with the warm charm of a bedtime story.” - Independent

“Utterly charming, this is a hugely skilful yet deceptively simple production, which engages with all ages”. - The Stage

TICKETS Full Price: £12 Concessions (u18/Students): £8 Family: £32 (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

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