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”.

 

Hell Freezes Over: The Eagles in Concert

Thursday 2nd November   8.00 pm

1994   Cert. exempt   95 min

Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit

After the band’s breakup in 1980, Don Henley famously said that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over”.  But time, as the old saying goes, can heal all wounds and, thirteen years later, the unimaginable happened and the band decided to reunite.

Their first public appearance was in April 1994, for an MTV special.  The performance was recorded live in front of an audience at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.  Songs include Tequila Sunrise, New York Minute, The Last Resort, Take It Easy and a superb new arrangement of Hotel California with an extended acoustic guitar and percussion opening.

A superlative surround-sound recording, outstanding musicianship and top notch vocals from Don Henley et al. make this a concert not to be missed.

“Far better than anyone but their accountants had a right to expect” Rolling Stone
“An exhilarating blend of high-fidelity multi-channel recording and excellent musical performances” SoundStage!

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

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Loving Vincent

Thursday 9th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   97 min

Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent explores Vincent van Gogh’s life and work by bringing to life some of his most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

Armand Roulin (Booth) – a regular model for the artist’s portraits – becomes obsessed with van Gogh’s death, caused by a bullet wound to the stomach.  Was it an accident?  Was it suicide?  Loving Vincent sets out to explore one of art’s great mysteries.

More than two years in the making, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully-painted feature film.  Every one of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by a team of more than 100 painters using the same technique as van Gogh.

★★★★★ “A staggering creative and technical feat ... an absolute joy” Filmoria
★★★★ “One of the most beautiful films of 2017 ... a triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals” Empire
★★★★ “This animated biopic in oils captures every hue of the artist’s maverick genius” The Guardian
“Astonishing” The Independent
“I’ve not experienced anything like it before” The Telegraph

Watch a short feature about the making of Loving Vincent here

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains suicide theme, infrequent moderate sex, injury detail

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NT Live: Follies

Thursday 16th November   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   210 min.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is to be staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971.  There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.  Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

★★★★★ “Unmissable.  Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner” The Guardian
★★★★★ “Triumphant.  Produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together” Sunday Times
★★★★★ “Stunning.  An extraordinary cast” Time Out

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Baby Driver

Thursday 30th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 15   113 min

Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Lily James

Director: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver follows the adventures of talented young getaway driver Baby, who has a ringing in his ears and plays music to quieten it – which makes him the best in the business.

Driving to his custom playlist, he’s laser-focused on the road and able to get out of any jam.  He wants to escape his life of crime and bring the girl of his dreams with him, but his boss forces him to take one last job that could cost him everything...

★★★★★ “Exhilarating ... hits all the right notes” The Guardian
★★★★★ “Sweet, funny and utterly original – an awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking” Empire
★★★★★ “Edgar Wright’s infectious car-chase thriller will make you believe in magic” The Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains strong language and violence

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NT Live: Young Marx

Thursday 7th December   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   220 min.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx, and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.  Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho.  Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures.  His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius... his only hope is a job on the railway.  But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains strong language, sexual references and violence

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What We Did on Our Holiday

Thursday 14th December   8.00 pm

2014   Cert. 12A   95 min

Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Billy Connolly

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin

Newly separated Doug and Abi, along with their three children, travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s birthday party.  The couple try to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family, but it soon becomes clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps, their children are their biggest liability.

From nine-year-old Lottie’s notebook to keep track of the lies so she remembers which ones to tell, to four-year-old Jess’s perverse attachment to a brick named Norman signalling her maladjustment a mile off, the parents are kept on tenterhooks and a week has never seemed such a long time.  But it’s middle child Mickey and his granddad’s shared passion for Vikings which gives rise to the most far-reaching and unexpected consequences, when a day at the beach turns to tragedy and the children take matters into their own hands.

This hilarious film was written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, creators of the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

★★★★ “It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie” The Guardian
★★★★ “The kids are the stars of this disarming British film” Radio Times
★★★ “Connolly convinces in this cute and charming comedy” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate bad language, discriminatory language, moderate sex references

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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

 

and Coming Later...

 
The Lion in Winter (11th January 2018)
1183 AD: King Henry II’s three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won’t commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins star in this stunning digital restoration of the 1968 classic.  Cert. 12A

The Eagle Huntress (18th January 2018)
Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, 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.  Cert. U

Dunkirk
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

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