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.

To contact us, email cinema@cuddingtonvillage.com

For details of National Theatre Live events, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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New Induction Loop System

We are delighted to announce that we have now 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 new 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”.

 

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Thursday 22nd February   7.00 pm

Captured live in front of an audience at the Young Vic
Cert. 15   185 min.

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017.  Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ “thrilling revival” (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday.  The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage.  With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

★★★★ “A bold reimagining... innovative and powerfully acted” The Sunday Times
★★★★ “A brilliant, lacerating account of the play... unforgettable” The Independent
★★★★ “Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth” Metro

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains nudity

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Victoria & Abdul

Thursday 1st March   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   111 min.

Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams

Director: Stephen Frears

A true story of a friendship that survived every attempt to destroy it, Victoria and Abdul sees Judi Dench reprise the role of Queen Victoria, 20 years after first playing her in Mrs Brown.

The film chronicles the unlikely true story of the friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk called Abdul, who had travelled to England for the Golden Jubilee.  He had expected to wait tables, but found himself working as Victoria’s personal attendant.  Within a year, he had become a powerful figure at court; but their controversial friendship nearly led to a revolt in the royal household.

★★★★ “Dench is magnificent throughout ... her performance feels utterly authentic” The Independent
★★★★ “Dench has once more made this iconic figure engagingly, relatably and all-too-fallibly human” Empire
★★★★ “Sly humour and genuine emotion abound as this fascinating true story emerges from the shadows of history” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild bad language, sex references, racist terms

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Breathe

Thursday 8th March   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   117 min

Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Diana Rigg, Hugh Bonneville

Director: Andy Serkis

Breathe tells the extraordinary story of Robin Cavendish, a young, daring and adventurous man whose life was changed forever after polio left him paralysed at the age of 28.

Unable to move from the neck down and given only three months to live, he became a pioneering advocate for disabled people.  He and his wife Diana travelled the world, trying to improve and transform the lives of other people like Robin.

The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Robin’s son.

★★★★ “A triumph of joy over adversity ... heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure” The Guardian
★★★★ “There’s an energy and optimism here which belie the grim subject matter” The Independent
★★★★ “An affecting, purposeful, deftly scripted and beautifully performed drama” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent bloody images

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Paddington 2

Thursday 15th March   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   103 min

Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Director: Paul King

Paddington 2 continues the adventures of the little bear from darkest Peru, now that he’s a permanent member of the Brown family and a popular member of the local community.

His Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and he’s trying to find the perfect present for her.  A unique, antique book could be exactly what he needs – but when a dastardly thief snatches it, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to catch him and get it back...

This eagerly-awaited sequel to the smash hit original sees our favourite bear carrying on spreading joy (and marmalade) wherever he goes!

Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie ever, with 165 positive reviews and 0 rotten
★★★★★ “One of the best movies of 2017 ... an hour and forty minutes of absolute joy” Radio Times
★★★★★ “Paul King melds a plethora of laugh-aloud gags, visual and verbal, with a coherent story that is touching without straying into sentimentality” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “A pure delight, as sweet and sharp as, well, marmalade” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild threat

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NT Live: Julius Caesar

Thursday 22nd March   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   180 min.

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.  Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate.  Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down.  After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

★★★★ “Hytner delivers a visceral, politically urgent tragedy” The Guardian
★★★★ “Ben Whishaw is excellent as Brutus” The Independent
★★★★ “A star-studded political cataclysm for our times” The Telegraph

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains scenes of a violent and bloody nature, strobe lighting

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Paddington 2 (Kids' Club)

Thursday 29th March   2.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   103 min

Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Director: Paul King

Paddington 2 continues the adventures of the little bear from darkest Peru, now that he’s a permanent member of the Brown family and a popular member of the local community.

His Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and he’s trying to find the perfect present for her.  A unique, antique book could be exactly what he needs – but when a dastardly thief snatches it, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to catch him and get it back...

This eagerly-awaited sequel to the smash hit original sees our favourite bear carrying on spreading joy (and marmalade) wherever he goes!

Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie ever, with 165 positive reviews and 0 rotten
★★★★★ “One of the best movies of 2017 ... an hour and forty minutes of absolute joy” Radio Times
★★★★★ “Paul King melds a plethora of laugh-aloud gags, visual and verbal, with a coherent story that is touching without straying into sentimentality” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “A pure delight, as sweet and sharp as, well, marmalade” Empire

Doors open 1.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild threat

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Wonder

Thursday 5th April   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   113 min

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Wonder is the heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who’s spent his life in and out of hospitals, as he joins a new school.

He’s determined to fit in and show everyone there that he’s just an ordinary kid.  His parents are worried, of course, but they know he needs to make friends with other children – and that’s just what Auggie’s going to do...

From the director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder is an inspirational story of courage in adversity starring Jacob Tremblay (Room).

★★★★ “An open-hearted message movie you can’t help but embrace” The Telegraph
★★★★ “A graceful drama ... sincere, unusually thoughtful” Time Out
★★★★ “A smart, effective and occasionally funny film that surprises at every turn” Independent.ie

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild bad language, violence, scenes of emotional upset

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NT Live: Macbeth

Thursday 10th May   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   210 min.

Director: Rufus Norris

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war.  Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains scenes of a graphic nature

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An American in Paris - The Musical

Wednesday 16th May   7.30 pm

Captured live at the Dominion Theatre, London
160 min.   Cert. 12A (TBC)

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.  It features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ’S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography.  With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris comes from London’s West End to your local community cinema.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility.  Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of The Bernard Hall!

★★★★★ “Full of dance, romance and glorious Gershwin” Sunday Times
★★★★★ “I would beg, borrow or steal to see it all again” Financial Times
★★★★★ “This spectacularly ravishing show has rhythm, romance and razzle-dazzle” Mail on Sunday

All seats are £10 each.

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

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and Coming Later...

 
Wonder (5th April)
The heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who’s spent his life in and out of hospitals, as he joins a new school and strives to fit in.  Oscar and BAFTA nominated.  Cert. PG

Goodbye Christopher Robin (19th April)
A touching drama about the family behind Winnie the Pooh, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.  Cert. PG

Battle of the Sexes
The true story of the 1973 tennis match that became one of the most watched sports events of all time, as Billie Jean King answered the challenge set by Bobby Riggs.  Cert. 12A

Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman puts in an outstanding performance as the newly-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.  Cert. PG

The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams star in this soaring musical with songs by the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind La La Land.  Cert. PG

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.  Nominated for seven Oscars and eight BAFTAs.  Cert. 15

Finding Your Feet
Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley star in this comedy drama about a middle class, judgmental snob who discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend.  Cert. 15