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.

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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”.


Captain Underpants

Tuesday 19th December   2.00 pm

2017   Cert. U   89 min

Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll

Director: David Soren

Best friends George and Harold have created their own comic book about a superhero they call Captain Underpants.  One day, while being told off by their school head teacher Mr Krupp, they accidentally hypnotise him into believing he is Captain Underpants.

While they try to control Mr Krupp as his delusions of heroism begin to get out of hand, they learn that a new teacher, Professor Poopypants, is actually an evil scientist planning an attack on the school.  As the boys persuade Mr Krupp to stop trying to perfect the art of flying and help them stop Professor Poopypants, what they thought would be a normal day at school turns out to be a day they’ll never forget!

★★★★ “A really good-natured and unashamedly silly animated comedy” The Guardian
★★★★ “The film is lovely ... A hero who will charm the pants off you” Evening Standard
★★★★ “A valiant, gas-propelled defence of potty humour” The Telegraph

Doors open 1.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild rude humour and comic threat

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Beauty and the Beast

Saturday 30th December   5.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   129 min

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Director: Bill Condon

Retelling the timeless tale for a new generation, Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a spirited, intelligent and beautiful woman who is taken prisoner by a beast.

Trapped and alone, she gradually begins to befriend the castle’s enchanted staff: Cogsworth the clock, Lumiere the candlestick and Mrs. Potts the teapot.  And over time, she learns to look past her captor’s monstrous appearance, beginning to fall for the kind-hearted prince he once was.

★★★★ “Emma Watson dazzles in Disney’s show-stopping chocolate box of a remake” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Stunning choreography... and Emma Watson in her best post-Potter role” Daily Mail
★★★★ “The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair” Empire

Doors open 4.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild violence, threat

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The Lion in Winter

Thursday 11th January   8.00 pm

1968   Cert. 12A   129 min

Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton

Director: Anthony Harvey

England, the 12th Century.  After the death of his son and heir, King Henry II (O’Toole) is obsessed with finding a new successor, and so summons his three remaining sons.  Also summoned is his wife, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine (Hepburn), who he has kept imprisoned for the last ten years.  As the royal couple scheme and cajole with their sons, their passions turn from tenderness to fury as they try to determine who should be the future King of England.

This is a stunning digital restoration of the 1968 classic, for which Katherine Hepburn won her third of an unprecedented four Best Actress Oscars.  Director Anthony Harvey was also nominated.

“Anthony Harvey’s Plantagenet family soap opera has savage catfights, drippy suitors, a fruity Peter O’Toole and even a proto-Brokeback Mountain moment.  It’s laugh-out-loud funny” The Guardian
“A rousing episode of historical melodrama, lit up by two really big performances from Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole” Empire
“The script and the performances are simply dazzling” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate language and sex references

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The Eagle Huntress

Thursday 18th January   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. U   87 min

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv

Director: Otto Bell

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

★★★★★ “A brilliantly shot, utterly captivating tale of girl power and cultural change” Radio Times
★★★★ “Combines superb National Geographic-style photography with a storyline that plays out like a real-life folktale with a feminist undertow” The Independent
★★★★ “Aisholpan is one of life’s trailblazers ... it’s thrilling” Time Out

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

In Kazakh with English narration and subtitles

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Sunday 21st January   4.00 pm

Captured live at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome
Cert. 12A   190 min.

Veronica Simeoni, Roberto Aronica

Conductor: Jesùs López-Cobos

Carmen deals with the love and jealousy of naïve soldier Don José, who is lured away from his beloved by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody.

Staged by Argentine director Valentina Carrasco, this is a modern interpretation performed in the enchanting setting of the Terme di Caracalla in Rome, the archaeological site of the Roman Baths where a unique theatrical stage comes to life.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 3.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

To be screened with subtitles

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Thursday 1st February   8.00 pm

1958   Cert. PG   130 min

John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee

Director: Leslie Norman

Ahead of the latest big-screen portrayal of Operation Dynamo next week, watch the original film from 1958 which tells two sides of the Dunkirk story.

British Corporal ‘Tubby’ Binns (Mills) finds himself responsible for getting his men back to Britain from the Dunkirk beaches, after their commanding officer is killed and they become separated from the rest of the Allied Forces.  Meanwhile, civilian reporter Charles Foreman (Lee) follows the build-up to the eventual evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Blending newsreel footage with an all-star cast of the finest British actors of its day, this is another film to benefit from a recent digital restoration.

“A stirring blend of documentary and personal sacrifice.  Makes you proud to be British” The Telegraph
“One of the most ambitious Ealing productions.  Even now it impresses people because the best scenes really do have the whiff of reality” BBC News

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild language and violence

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NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Thursday 22nd February   7.00 pm

Captured live in front of an audience
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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NT Live: Julius Caesar

Thursday 22nd March   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   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.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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NT Live: Macbeth

Thursday 10th May   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   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

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and Coming Later...

Dunkirk (1st February)
Ahead of the latest big-screen portrayal of Operation Dynamo, watch the original film from 1958 starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee.  This is another film to benefit from a recent digital restoration.  Cert. PG

Dunkirk (8th February)
Christopher Nolan brings his vision to the story of the evacuation from Dunkirk, one of the defining events of the 20th Century.  Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance star.  Cert. 12A

Handel’s Messiah (28th March)
Captured live at the Bristol Old Vic and staged by the Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), this extraordinary production will feature Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, the magnificent Erebus Ensemble and a cast of internationally-renowned soloists.  Cert. 12A TBC

Victoria & Abdul
Judy Dench stars as Queen Victoria, who forms an unlikely and devoted alliance with a young Indian clerk named Abdul.  Cert. PG

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

The extraordinary true 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.  Cert. 12A

Murder On The Orient Express
Agatha Christie’s classic novel comes to life in this new remake with an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp and Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot himself.  Cert. 12A

Paddington 2
When a dastardly thief steals Paddington’s present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to catch the thief and get the gift back.  Cert. PG