Live Royal Ballet And Opera Returns To Portsmouth For Free This Summer

The BP Big Screens are back in 2019 with some of the world’s most popular operas and ballets broadcast live for free from the Royal Opera House in London. This year, another three live performances return to the Big Screen Portsmouth so make sure you put the dates in your diary and come along. Bring your friends and a picnic and soak up free culture on your doorstep – and get there early for the exclusive pre-performance content 30 minutes before curtain-up.

We’re thrilled to announce this summer’s line up:

 

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

The Royal Ballet | 11 June at 7.00pm

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Ballet on stage at the Royal Opera House in this free live screening on the BP Big Screen.

Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret, but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.

When Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action, drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape the marriage and join Romeo. But the message explaining her plan fails to reach him. When he hears news of her death, he returns to visit her tomb and kill himself. Juliet wakes to find him dead and, devastated, she stabs herself.

 

 

CARMEN

The Royal Ballet | 2 July at 6.30pm

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.

 

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

The Royal Opera | Tuesday 9 July at 6.30pm

Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera. Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Soak up free culture on your doorstep with this free live screening from the Royal Opera House stage to the BP Big Screen.

Figaro and Susanna plan to get married – but their master Count Almaviva has designs on Susanna and is determined to stop the wedding taking place. Meanwhile the page Cherubino's passion for the ladies jeopardizes his job, and Countess Almaviva wants to regain her husband's love.

Figaro, Susanna and the Countess plot to shame the Count and save Cherubino from banishment. But their plans don't run smoothly, particularly when the elderly Marcellina tries to force Figaro to marry her. An astonishing revelation prevents this happening, but will the Count still find a way to thwart the wedding? And can the Countess win back her husband's affection?

Oliver Ing, Producer of the Big Screen Portsmouth said:

“This is such a great opportunity for Portsmouth residents to experience these cultural live performances for free in the heart of the city this summer. The Royal Opera House events have grown in popularity year on year and so we are very excited for their return as we welcome Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro.”

Gok Wan, who will present the BP Big Screens in July said:

“As a huge opera and ballet fan, I love the BP Big Screens. As a child I would have loved watching opera for free with my friends! It’s fantastic that 24 sites across the UK become opera houses or ballet stages for the night and share in the magical performances live from London’s Covent Garden. Outdoor cinema is now one of the nation’s favourite summer pastimes and each summer the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens give everyone access to free culture on their doorstep, a great experience for free!”

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, commented:

“The BP Big Screens are a much-loved highlight of the summer calendar across the UK, and I am delighted that we once again beam the best the Royal Opera House has to offer to an ever-wider audience. Over the years, our collaboration with BP has enabled more than half a million people to experience ballet and opera – many for the first time – and together we bring this summer highlight to people all over the UK.”

Des Violaris, Director – UK Arts and Culture at BP said: 

“Each summer we look forward to the BP Big Screens and taking free culture to people all over the country. This year we screen live world-class opera and ballet from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight and build on over 30 years of partnership work between BP and the Royal Opera House”

The first Royal Opera House BP Big Screens was in 1987 showing free ballet and opera to audiences across the UK. In 2018, 41,500 people saw a free opera or ballet performance at one of 40 screenings in 20 different locations.

Remembrance Sunday Service In Portsmouth's Guildhall Square Will Be Shown On The Big Screen

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Remembrance Sunday — Armistice Centenary will be shown live on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

From 10:30 AM, watch the full ceremony as crowds gather around Guildhall Square to watch veterans and current military personnel march and salute in remembrance of the First World War.

The Remembrance Service will be preceded by a parade of Veterans, Military Personnel and Youth Groups in the Guildhall Square at 10:30am.  At 11:00am there will be a two-minute silence followed by the Service. A wreath laying ceremony at the WWI and WWII memorials will conclude the morning’s events.  If you intend to lay a wreath, please ensure that you arrive before 10.30am and make yourself known to a marshal who will direct you.

The wreath laying ceremony will be held at the cenotaph where we’ll provide full video coverage on the Big Screen for those who may not have a great view. The broadcast coverage will be provided by students studying the BSc Television and Broadcasting course at the University of Portsmouth with staff supporting them throughout.

Later in the day another event at Southsea Castle will be held, Battle's Over - Last Post and Beacon Lighting where This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey.  He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace. In remembrance of the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, Beacons of Light will be lit around the country at 7pm on 11th November 2018.

The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort - keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war.

7:05pm - As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War.  The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe and at home in our factories and farms.

Big Screen To Turn Pink On 1 October To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer Campaign

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On Monday, 1 October, some of our region’s most iconic buildings will once again be lighting up pink in aid of Breast Cancer Haven Wessex. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Cathedral, Park and Ride buildings, The Big Screen Portsmouth in Guildhall Square, The Gaiety at Southsea Pier, Eaton Aerospace and Hambrooks Garden Centre. 

Throughout the month, our region will be getting involved in a variety of fundraising activities, from Pink Shirt Day, Squatober, Pink beard which involves men getting glittered to help raise awareness of male breast cancer and something for the children during half term week;  pink pumpkins. Other activities include, fizzy Friday’s, skydives and pink Zumba classes to name but a few! (full list of events is attached). This year all activity falls under our National Umbrella campaign My Power Hour.

Breast Cancer Haven, has launched the My Power Hour campaign to drive fundraising during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). 

In October, the clocks go back and we all gain an extra hour. Through its My Power Hour campaign – which provides a whole host of one-hour fundraising ideas - Breast Cancer Haven demonstrates what one hour of fundraising can do to support those affected by breast cancer. 

In just one hour – and for as little as £40 - Breast Cancer Haven can really make a difference to a woman’s diagnosis. They can accessan initial assessment with a healthcare professional to build a personalised programme of support, receive an hour of counselling, relieve difficult side effects of treatment through specialist therapies, and gain practical advice on how to manage money and nutrition. 

Breast Cancer Haven visitor, Chris, said:

"I was blown away by Breast Cancer Haven and the services provided by the team were so fantastic. It made me feel safe and it really had a massive impact on me during treatment. Breast Cancer Haven was somewhere where I knew I didn’t have to retell my tale to everybody. You can walk in, sit down and have a cup of tea and just relax. "

Fundraising for My Power Hour is fun and couldn’t be simpler. You could Power Dress – and raise funds with a bucket collection, Power Through (and get sponsored) for running 5k or 10k, Power Up – tackle a mountain, stairs or climbing wall, or simply blast out the Power Ballads (or the dedicated Breast Cancer Haven My Power Hour playlist on Spotify) and pay for enjoying the pleasure.  

Pamela Healy OBE, Breast Cancer Haven’s CEO says: 

“Every hour in the UK, six women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This October, through our My Power Hour campaign, we’re challenging everyone to use the extra hour gained as the clocks change, to support women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven can provide that support, but only with your help.”

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity which provides free, one-to-one, emotional support and supportive therapies for people affected by breast cancer. It currently has five flagship centres in London, Hereford, Wessex (Hampshire), West Midlands (Solihull) and Yorkshire (Leeds), with outreach centres in Worcestershire Royal Hospital and three in London hospitals.The charity’s support programme provides a unique model of care that is fully integrated with hospital medical treatment. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs from the 1-31 October 2018. You can find lots of creative ideas to make your extra hour count by visiting the Breast Cancer Haven website, including the My Power Hour playlist, a list of events to get involved in and downloadable challenges. Visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/mypowerhour  to find out more. 

Whether you have had breast cancer, have supported someone who has, or just want to raise awareness of the campaign or charity, please share using #MyPowerHour.@BreastCancerH (Twitter), @breastcancerhaven (Instagram), @breastcancerhaven (Facebook).

A Great Turn Out For The 2018 Royal Opera House Events At The Big Screen Portsmouth

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We're thrilled to share that the Big Screen Portsmouth had one of the highest turn outs in years for the Royal Opera House events, hosted in Guildhall Square. 

Hundreds of you joined us to watch Swan Lake, La Boheme and Don Giovanni from June through to July in 2018. These events took place three times over the summer period and no wonder you all turned out, as the weather seemingly complimented each event.

Additionally this year, the Big Screen offered extra comfort to guests by means of free blow up cushions as well as ponchos to protect them from any rain, if needed. As the weather was stunning each evening, these ponchos will now be kept with us for next year's events.

We also handed out the stunning programme which this year also had a fantastic competition that was being run by The Royal Opera House that would see two guests whisked off to London this December to see The Nutcracker and dinner for two. (Don't forget to post off your entries before those close, if you joined us and are reading this!)

The live streams are organised by the Royal Opera House in partnership with BP who together formed the #BPBigScreens partnership, who beam their performances to many screens located across the UK including Bristol, Swansea, Woolwich and Leeds. The events themselves though are organised by the events team at Portsmouth City Council in partnership with The University of Portsmouth. 

While the season may have drawn to a close with three stunning performances broadcast from London, we're expecting to be able to announce the return of these events for the 2019 season.

Stay tuned to the Big Screen Portsmouth News page for the latest.