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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An American in Paris – The Musical

Tuesday 31st July   1.30 pm

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

Another chance to see this breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film.  It tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’, and features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ’S Wonderful, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography.

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.  This “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production received a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics.

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

All seats are £10 each and include tea and cake in the interval.

Buy tickets in Cuddington Stores, or on the door subject to availability.  Doors open 1.00 pm.


NT Live: Julie

Thursday 6th September   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   120 min.

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party.  In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them.  Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

★★★★ “A superlative production.  Exhilarating.” Time Out
★★★★ “Packs an emotional punch.  Vanessa Kirby is magnetic as Julie” Mail on Sunday
★★★★ “Provocative and profound.  Carrie Cracknell’s direction is astonishing” The Stage

All seats are £10 each.

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

Contains strobe lighting, strong language and scenes of a sexual nature

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Thursday 20th September   8.00 pm

2018   Cert. 12A   124 min.

Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay

Director: Mike Newell

From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and with an all-star British cast, comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society follows the adventures of Juliet, a journalist who decides to write about the book club held on the island while under German occupation.  Fascinated by the stories of their lives during the Second World War, she strikes up what will ultimately become a life-changing bond with the island’s eccentric inhabitants – and may even find love while she’s at it...

★★★★ “Lily James’s post-war mystery is a mini-break for the soul” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Lily James leads a fine cast in a vivid portrait of an era” Evening Standard
★★★★ “This tasty mash-up of the detective mystery and the swooning romance is witty, big-hearted, and relentlessly charming” The Express

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate bloody images, sex references

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NT Live: King Lear

Thursday 27th September   7.00 pm

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

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (The Independent) of King Lear in the Bernard Hall.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

★★★★★ “Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Ian McKellen’s extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear” The Independent
★★★★★ “Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Ian McKellen delivers a profound portrait of a soul in torment” The Guardian

All seats are £10 each.

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

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NT Live: The Madness of George III

Tuesday 20th November   7.00 pm

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

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world.  But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.  With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra

Thursday 6th December   7.00 pm

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

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead.  General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome.  But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.  In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

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

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A Christmas Carol

Tuesday 11th December   8.00 pm

Cert. U (TBC)   90 min.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved books in the English language.  This treasured story has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike, and offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.

Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director/designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving.  Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) returns to wow audiences with this tour-de-force performance, reimagined especially for cinema.  A must-see Christmas treat!

★★★★★ “Beautiful and magical ... Simon Callow is an absolute master” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Simon Callow charms in this captivating reimagining of Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge” The Express
★★★★ “Toe-wrigglingly delightful ... Dickens’ familiar entreaty for kindness and Christmas cheer rarely hits home with such force” The Stage
★★★★ “Simon Callow’s engaging storytelling style means we are instantly drawn in to Dickens’s glorious seasonal fable of hope and redemption” The Guardian

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: I’m Not Running

Thursday 31st January   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   180 min.

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign.  When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue?  Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English”.  His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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and Coming Later...

Lady Bird (4th October)
Saoirse Ronan stars as an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl who comes of age in Sacramento, California in 2002.  Cert. 15

On Chesil Beach (25th October)
It’s 1962, and newly-married Edward and Florence are honeymooning ‘On Chesil Beach’, but it’s not long before their inexperience with relationships gets the better of them.  Cert. 15

The Zookeeper’s Wife (15th November)
In 1939 the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, joined the Resistance and helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.  Cert. 12A

A Christmas Carol (11th December)
Simon Callow charms in this captivating adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.  This treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.  Cert. U

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Sophie is now pregnant.  Moving between past and present, we follow her as she tries to come to terms with her situation, and also see how Donna did it all those years ago, falling in love and building a home for her family on their sun-soaked island.  Cert. PG


Induction Loop System

We have 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 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”.