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”.



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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Dunkirk (1958 film)

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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Dunkirk (2017 film)

Thursday 8th February   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   106 min

Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh

Director: Christopher Nolan

400,000 Allied soldiers were trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, surrounded by the German army in the early days of the Second World War.  And they needed to be evacuated.

France had been overrun, and the Allied army had been defeated and trapped.  In a desperate effort to save the troops, more than 800 boats – from military ships to tiny civilian fishing boats – came to help with the evacuation that would become known as the Miracle of Dunkirk.

This dramatic story is told from three perspectives: the soldiers on the beaches, the Navy and small boats flotilla and the operation to provide air cover.

★★★★★ “Heart-hammering and heroically British, this is Christopher Nolan at the peak of his powers” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Intensely dramatic and moving ... it leaves most other recent WW2 movies looking very insipid by comparison” The Independent
★★★★★ “Nolan’s history lesson is both a rousing celebration of solidarity and the tensest beach-set film since JawsEmpire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains sustained threat, intense sequences, moderate violence, strong language

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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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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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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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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...

Breathe (8th March)
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

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

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.  Cert. PG

Goodbye Christopher Robin (12th April)
A touching drama about the family behind Winnie the Pooh, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.  Cert. PG

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

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