Classic plays to be shown ‘live’ at ODEON Dorchester

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

ODEON Dorchester to screen Valentine’s Day proposal

Lovers can make their Valentine’s Day a moment to remember by proposing to their partner on the big screen of the ODEON Dorchester.

The Brewery Square-based cinema is giving one person the opportunity to propose to their loved one in front of a movie audience.

The lucky winner will have their message organised by the ODEON Dorchester team who will then play the message after the trailers at a film screening on the evening of Friday February 14.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, says: “Everyone wants to make their marriage proposal as romantic and memorable as possible and what better way to declare your love to someone than on a big screen in full surround sound in front of fellow cinema-goers.”

As well as the engagement becoming a cinematic event, the couple will receive two premiere tickets and a bottle of bubbly.

Those interested in popping the question to their loved one can do so by emailing  and the reason why they should be chosen by the cinema by Friday February 7.

ODEON Dorchester reinforces commitment to supporting young people by appointing three new apprentices

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, with apprentices (left to right) Abigail Connolly, Anastasia Grundy and James Payton

To strengthen its commitment in helping young people with employment, ODEON Dorchester based on the Brewery Square development has appointed three more recruits to join its one year apprenticeship programme.

Since opening in 2012, the ODEON Dorchester has believed in growing young talent and has provided training opportunities to those living in the local community and surrounding areas.  The appointment of Anastasia Grundy, Abigail Connolly and James Payton takes the ODEON Dorchester’s apprentices to seven.

Anastasia, age 19, Abigail, age 19, and James, age 21, join the ODEON Dorchester’s educational programme as apprentice team members and they will be supported by both the cinema and training provider Lifetime Training to complete the nationally recognised and accredited NVQ level two in customer service.

These new recruits will gain high-quality vocational training through learning on the job from the management team at the ODEON Dorchester.  In the role of a team member, Anastasia, Abigail and James will be responsible for a variety of front-of-house duties including ticket sales, food and beverage sales as well as directing guests into the auditoriums to ensure the delivery of a first-class customer experience.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, says: “We strongly believe in growing our own local talent and extend a huge welcome to Anastasia, Abigail and James.  We recognise that apprenticeships and training programmes provide people with an invaluable opportunity to develop their skills whilst benefiting from structured training and qualifications they can use for the rest of their careers.

“By completing an apprenticeship with the ODEON we aim for trainees to become extremely employable having gained skills and work experience at the largest and best-known cinema chain in the UK and Ireland.”

Ticket prices at ODEON Dorchester are £2.00 on a Tuesday, £3 before 2pm daily and after 2pm £3 for children (12 years and under), teenagers (13 to 17 years) and seniors (60 plus) and £5 for adults.

The Royal Opera House live cinema season continues at ODEON Dorchester

ODEON Dorchester is set to continue The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season during 2014, with the first performance of the year kick-started by one of the most celebrated classical ballets of all time, Giselle.

Screened at the Brewery Square-based cinema on Monday 27 January at 7.15pm, Giselle is one of the most popular romantic ballets of all time.  The production by Sir Peter Wright brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces and the power of self-sacrificing love.  From the time of its 1841 premiere in Paris, this dramatic ballet is a tale of a young peasant girl who has a passion for dancing and dies of a broken heart.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, says: “With music by one of the 19th century’s great ballet composers, Adolphe Adam, Giselle stands alongside Coppélia and Swan Lake as one of the most notable classical ballets. In the cinema, viewers will feel like they have the best seat in the house.  The cinema experience will bring our guests closer to the finest dancers on stage.”

Tickets for the Giselle (Live) performance 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 for Giselle can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting

November sci-fi screenings proved popular at ODEON Dorchester

November proved to be a bumper month for the ODEON Dorchester with thousands of cinema-goers descending on the Brewery Square-based venue to catch the latest movie blockbusters and alternative screenings.

Since the ODEON Dorchester introduced its new pricing structure five months ago, which sees ticket prices at £2.00 on a Tuesday and start from £3.00 on all other days, the cinema has witnessed an increase in footfall.

Saturday November 23 proved to be the most popular day of not only the month but for the year to date.  Science fiction was the theme of the screenings with this being the opening weekend for The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire and the exclusive screening of the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who also taking place, plus sci-fi thriller Gravity was still proving a big hit.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, says: “We endeavour to provide the best cinema experience at a competitive price and it’s great to see that our new prices are proving popular.  To ensure we offer something for all interests and ages we regularly screen alternative performances such as ballet, music and theatre, often beamed live via satellite, and we also offer ODEON Kid screenings at pocket money prices to complement the latest blockbuster films.”

This month, ODEON Dorchester will be screening The Nutcracker (Live) from The Royal Opera House on Thursday December 12, and due to popular demand two screens will be transmitting the performance which starts at 7.15pm.

More than 200 cinema-goers will be able to experience the greatest stars of ballet, live from London’s Covent Garden, in the comfort of the ODEON Dorchester.

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