Two National Theatre productions to be broadcast at ODEON Dorchester in May

The ODEON Dorchester is pleased to announce that two critically-acclaimed National Theatre productions are set to be screened in May.

On Thursday May 1 at 7pm, an encore performance of the National Theatre’s production of King Lear will be screened 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 aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

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.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, says: “Our National Theatre screenings are proving hugely popular, regularly selling out, and we’re delighted to bring two further productions to the Dorchester community. With our bar facilities, the cinema makes a perfect evening for theatre viewing.”

Tickets are priced at £10.50 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 1891 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

Bumper April at ODEON Dorchester – Some of the best music and theatre productions to be screened this month-

A series of special screenings are set to be shown at ODEON Dorchester this month (April).  For those interested in ballet, Shakespeare’s classics and history, a visit to the Brewery Square-based cinema is a must this April.

‘Richard II’ was on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in November and an encore screening will be shown at the cinema on Monday April 14 at 7.30pm.   With David Tennant in the title role, this production proved hugely popular on stage.  It was filmed using multiple cameras around the stage and auditorium, and as a result cinema-goers will feel like they have the best seat in the house.

Richard is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.

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

The final special screening in April will be a live performance of the Royal Opera House ballet production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’, the first ballet to be based upon this Shakespearian play.  On Monday April 28 at 7.15pm, guests will be able to enjoy this romantic tragedy of love, loss and reconciliation from the comfort of their local cinema.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, says: “We’re delighted to bring these spectacular performances to Dorchester. We aim to provide local cinema-goers with a varied choice of the very best music and theatre productions from the stage to complement the movie blockbusters.

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

Tickets for Richard II and Vikings: Life and Legend are priced at £10 for adults, £8 for seniors and students and £7.50 for children and teenagers, and for The Winter’s Tale are priced at £12.50 for adults, £10.50 for seniors and students and £10 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 www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

ODEON Dorchester supports World Autism Awareness Day

 -Autism Friendly Screening of Rio 2-

In support of World Autism Awareness Day, the ODEON Dorchester will be showing an autism-friendly screening of the movie blockbuster Rio 2 on Sunday April 6 at 11.30am.

The alternative screening is recommended to anyone who might benefit from the subtle alterations made to the cinema environment.  The screening will have reduced sound levels, the lights will be kept to a low level and the trailers and adverts will be removed to enable people with autism to feel more relaxed.  There is also an allowance for an increase movement and noise within the auditorium.  Guests are reminded not to run inside the cinema and children should be supervised at all times.

The autism-friendly screening is designed to make the cinema experience more accessible to guests who might find mainstream screenings challenging. The screenings are run in partnership with learning disability and autism support provider Dimensions.

Cinema-goers now have the opportunity to book tickets for this screening of Rio 2.  The family adventure Rio 2 sees Blu swap the urban life in Rio for a tropical voyage in the wilderness of the Amazon.  The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, Kristin Chenoweth and Bruno Mars.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, says: “This screening will give those with autism the opportunity to enjoy Rio 2 in a relaxed environment.  The performance will have subtle changes which mean people with sensory difficulties have a more positive experience.  Our hope is that, as guests become more familiar with the cinema environment, they will begin to feel comfortable with attending standard screenings.”

ODEON Dorchester host specially-adapted autism-friendly screenings of new releases one Sunday each month at 11:30am. ODEON was the first cinema chain to partner with Dimensions to offer nationwide autism-friendly screenings.

ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano concert – recorded in Las Vegas to be broadcast at ODEON Dorchester

Elton John’s spectacular The Million Dollar Piano concert will be screened in Dorchester this month. The ODEON Dorchester is excited to be bringing one of the world’s most celebrated and spectacular concerts to its cinema screen on Saturday March 22 at 8.30pm.

The world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer is currently performing The Million Dollar Piano concert from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and his outstanding performance will be broadcast at the ODEON Dorchester.

Recorded live during Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum, this concert film includes performances of classic songs such as Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock and Your Song.

Elton plays a specially created Yamaha piano, which weighs nearly 3,200 pounds and is embellished with more than 60 LED video screens.  The state-of-the-art piano is the perfect accompaniment to Elton’s hits as its video screens display imagery to complement the entertainer’s songs.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, says: “For one night only, cinema-goers will have the opportunity to see this remarkable performance on the big screen.  In a career spanning five decades, Elton John has sold in excess of 250 million records and has more than 50 top 40 hits, making him one of the most successful musicians of all time.  With our powerful state-of-the-art digital surround sound system, guests to the cinema will experience incredible sound quality regardless of seating position.

“Plus, with our fantastic bar facilities the cinema makes a perfect evening for concert viewing.  We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy this spectacular performance in the comfort of our venue.”

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £8 for seniors and students and £7.50 for children and teenagers.  Family tickets are also available priced at £30 for two adults and two children (under 16) or one adult and three children.  Please note this concert has been given a 12A certificate so children can attend with a suitable adult.  The advisory from the British Board of Film Classification is this film ‘contains moderate bad language’.

ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

ODEON Dorchester chooses Julia’s House as its charity of the year

ODEON Dorchester supports Julia's House in 2014

ODEON Dorchester has launched a year-long fundraising drive for Julia’s House, Dorset’s only hospice dedicated to children with life-limiting conditions.

The Brewery Square-based cinema has selected the charity for the ‘amazing work’ it does with the children it cares for and the expert support it provides to their families.

Bucket collections and a series of charity screenings are some of the ways in which the ODEON Dorchester aims to raise money throughout the year.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, says: “We are excited to have appointed Julia’s House as our charity of the year.  With the help of our cinema-goers, we aim to work closely with the charity over the course of this year to generate as many funds and awareness as possible to support the amazing work the charity undertakes.”

He adds: “Julia’s House makes a hugely positive contribution to the Dorset community and that should be commended. We are delighted to be able to assist the charity in their crucial work and look forward to working with them this year to raise further understanding of the charity’s work within the Dorchester community.”

Lin Hudswell, community fundraising manager at Julia’s House, says: “We’re delighted that the ODEON Dorchester has chosen to support our work in 2014.  It’s thanks to the fantastic support of companies like the ODEON Dorchester that we continue to provide practical and emotional support to around 100 children in Dorset a year.  Families visit our hospice to receive the very best care and support and to create special memories that they will treasure forever. ODEON Dorchester’s support this year will allow us to continue to do this for families that need us today, tomorrow and in the future.”