Shakespeare’s great tragedy King Lear, the classic show War Horse and the Royal Ballet’s recital of Sleeping Beauty are just a few of the classic productions due to be screened live directly to the ODEON Dorchester during 2014.

Aside from War Horse, King Lear and Sleeping Beauty, ODEON Dorchester will be broadcasting the Royal Opera House productions of The Winter’s Tale and Manon Lescaut as well as the British Museum’s spectacular ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ exhibition and the National Theatre productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Small Family Business.

With tickets now on sale for all eight productions, cinema-goers will feel like they have the best seat in the house.   War Horse will be broadcast live from London’s National Theatre on Thursday February 27 at 7pm.  With 2014 being the centenary of the start of World War One, the spectacular stage adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, is a particularly emotive story of a horse’s extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches in France.  At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets.

For those interested in world-class ballet and opera, the cinema will be screening live the Royal Opera House ballet productions of Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday March 19 at 7.15pm and The Winter’s Tale on Monday April 28 at 7.15pm as well as Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut on Tuesday June 24 at 6.45pm.

The cinema audience will be given an exclusive, expertly guided live tour of the British Museum’s new blockbuster Vikings exhibition on Thursday April 24 at 7pm.  The British Museum’s spectacular ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ exhibition will offer an extraordinary insight into how these great warriors shaped our modern lives.

On Thursday May 1 at 7pm, the National Theatre production of King Lear will be screened live to the cinema.  James Bond: Skyfall director Sam Mendes directs this new production which sees two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale in the title role of this Shakespeare masterpiece.

An encore performance of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be broadcast on Thursday May 22 at 7pm. Certificate 15, this production is based on  Mark Haddon’s novel and is adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.  The production won seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best Play.

Fifteen year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

On Tuesday June 24 at 6.45pm, the National Theatre’s production of A Small Family Business by Olivier award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn will be screened.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, says: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring eight classic productions to those living in Dorchester and the surrounding communities.  There is a growing demand for alternative content, especially National Theatre and Royal Opera House productions, and we are pleased that in Dorchester we can now offer these events to our guests to accommodate this demand.  As a cinema we endeavour to bring the best theatre productions to the area alongside a vast array of blockbuster movies.

“With our fantastic bar facilities, the cinema makes a perfect evening for live theatre viewing.  We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy these renowned productions in the comfort of our venue.”

Tickets for the world-class ballet, theatre and opera performances are priced at £10 for adults, £8.50 for seniors and students and £8 for children and teenagers.

ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting