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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The Zookeeper's Wife

Thursday 15th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   127 min.

Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

Director: Niki Caro

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski.  The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care.  When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly-appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck.  The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.

★★★ “A handsomely presented tale that dependably strums at your heartstrings” The Telegraph
★★★ “A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl” Empire
★★★ “The film does a good job working through the moral struggles of people who could not turn a blind eye to injustice ... a story worth telling” The Guardian

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate violence, threat, nudity

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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.

★★★★★ “By George, Mark Gatiss has got it!” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough are electric together in a technically striking outing for Alan Bennett’s modern classic” The Guardian
★★★★ “Mark Gatiss rises to the challenge in Adam Penford’s lavish production” The Stage

All seats are £10 each.

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

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Thursday 29th November   8.00 pm

2018   Cert. PG   114 min.

Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Cher

Director: Ol Parker

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again picks up the story with Sophie pregnant, and not sure how she’s going to cope.  But her mother’s story might give her some pointers...

Moving between past and present, we follow Sophie 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.

★★★★★ “This slick sequel delivers sharp one-liners, joyously contrived plot twists and an emotional punch” The Guardian
★★★★ “A relentlessly uplifting run to the big-party finale ... I left the cinema with a spring in my step” The Telegraph
★★★★ “By the power of platforms, sequins and spandex, this silly, sunny sequel is a delight” The Times
★★★★ “At last it’s the film we’ve all been waiting for ... there are some truly glorious moments” Daily Mail

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild sex references

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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.

★★★★★ “Spectacular.  Go and see it.  You won’t be sorry” The Times
★★★★★ “Riveting.  Both a Roman triumph and an Egyptian feast” WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Not to be missed.  Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo offer blazing star power” The Independent
★★★★ “An epic production filled with passion” The Guardian

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 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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Incredibles 2

Wednesday 19th December   2.00 pm

2018   Cert. PG   118 min.

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Brad Bird

Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2!

This time Helen (aka Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life.  It’s a tough transition for every one, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.

When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible...

★★★★ “Slapstick genius and a monstrously funny infant combine to conjure a magical second outing for the superhero family” The Guardian
★★★★ “A wonderfully lively, witty affair with plenty of breakneck action” The Independent
★★★★ “A hugely entertaining and often visually audacious Pixar superhero movie” The Times

Doors open 1.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains mild language and violence, strobe lighting

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The King and I

Thursday 27th December   7.00 pm

Captured live at London’s Palladium Theatre
Cert. 12A   180 min.

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event, recorded live at London’s iconic Palladium.

Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen“ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance.  Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

★★★★★ “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” The Times
★★★★ “Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” The Telegraph
★★★★ “We left the Palladium on a bright cloud of music – joyous!” The Daily Mail

All seats are £10 each.

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

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The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Tuesday 15th January   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A (TBC)   180 min.

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain.  His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar.  Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the King’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 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...

Ben Hur (10th January)
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.  A superb high-definition digital transfer of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins.  Cert. PG

King of Thieves (24th January)
The incredible true story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist, with a stellar cast including Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay.  Cert. 15

The Children Act (14th February)
Emma Thompson stars as a high court judge who’s asked to rule on the case of a young boy, suffering from cancer, whose Jehovah’s Witness parents won’t allow him to undergo a blood transfusion.  Cert. 12A

The Happy Prince
Once one of the most famous writers in England, Oscar Wilde is now disgraced and in exile.  In his final days, he reminisces about times past and considers how much his fortune has changed.  Rupert Everett writes, directs and stars as Wilde.  Cert. 15

Bohemian Rhapsody
The extraordinary story of Freddie Mercury, who became one of the most beloved entertainers in the world as Queen’s lead singer and legendary frontman.  Cert. 12A


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”.