Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Opera’s fresh take on this much-loved opera, complete with flamenco dancers, bull fighters and a gorilla – all in a free live screening from the Royal Opera House on the BP Big Screen.
Carmen declares that any man she loves should beware. But even she is unprepared for what will happen when she seduces Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms.
Don José soon abandons his sweetheart Micaëla and his job in the army for Carmen, and joins her and her smuggler friends in the mountains. But Carmen quickly wearies of Don José's possessiveness. When she turns her attentions to the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José's jealousy erupts into violence.
Do I need a ticket to attend?
No, you do not need a ticket to attend this event.
Will seating be available on the night?
Portsmouth City Council Events Team will provide a limited number of seats which will be freely available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Can I bring my own seating?
Yes of course you can. Ours are standard chairs, you may want to add a bit of extra comfort.
Will there be a programme available for this event?
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Will this presentation have subtitles?
There is a chance that this showing may have language converted subtitles. These are provided by the Royal Opera House.
Can I bring a picnic?
We encourage guests to bring as much food and non-alcoholic beverages as they like.
Can I bring alcoholic beverages?
Guildhall Square is an alcohol-free zone. Any seen alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and may be poured away by security.
What are my travel options to the Big Screen Portsmouth?
The Big Screen is located in Guildhall Square, right by Portsmouth & Southsea Train station. As you exit the station, turn left and head underneath the council offices. trains will run from this station to all major UK railway stations. Check your last trains before attending this event.
Though busses will be available to bring you to our event, there may not be any to take you home afterwards. We would advise taking the Stage Coach 700 to Commercial Road, Portsmouth and then walking in the opposite direction past Portsmouth & Southsea Train Station towards the Guildhall Square.
The Isambard Brunel Car Park is the nearest to the Big Screen Portsmouth offering parking for the day from £4.65. When leaving this car park, exit left towards the Guildhall Bell tower. You'll need to walk up steps by a bridge crossing, this will take you to Guildhall Square.
What happens if it rains?
There is a chance that the event may be cancelled should the weather become too adverse. Information will keep you informed as well as hosts and security will be on hand to provide assistance.
BP Big Screens is a partnership between BP and The Royal Opera House, London that operates and pay for the broadcast transmission to the Big Screen Portsmouth. This event is hosted and presented to you for free by Portsmouth City Council and The University of Portsmouth.
Timings subject to change without notice. Further information will be available closer to the time of the event.