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.




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.

New Daily News Slot For That's Solent TV


Today, we’re pleased to welcome That’s Solent TV as a provider of news content for the Big Screen Portsmouth.

Starting Monday 21 January at 1:45 PM, you will be able to enjoy an additional 15 minutes of news content that will cover Portsmouth and some surrounding areas. Items relating to events, culture, entertainment, research and current affairs will be shown in this new week-daily news programme.

That’s Solent TV produce a nightly news show on Freeview Channel 7 and today we’re delighted to welcome this new opportunity to display further news items on the Big Screen, in additional to the already scheduled, BBC News at 7am, 1pm and 6pm.

The daily news pieces will be compiled of news stories from the week as shown on That’s Solent TV.

New Music From Portsmouth Upcoming Band "Flowvers" Added To The Big Screen


A self-releasing 4-piece Indie Dream Pop band from Portsmouth, Flowvers formed in 2016. These four 16 and 17 year old mates take inspiration from the sound of the late 80's & 90’s all the way through to current artists. Influences include The Stone Roses, Ride and The Cure.

Today we’re adding the music video for ‘Long Way Home’ to the Big Screen which is the follow up single to their debut 100k streamed ‘Fresh Air’.

Radio support comes from BBC Introducing and Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio & ROTD Aug 15th with the track making Spotify New Music Friday. The boys will be performing at Icebreaker Festival at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday, 26 January between 8.30 PM - 9:00 PM.

The new music video will be shown daily on the Big Screen starting today.

New Year, New Updates

Happy New Year!

2019 is here and we wanted to share some updates that you might see across our website and on the Big Screen to help improve your experience of the service we provide.

Changes to uploading content

Firstly, we’ve tweaked the website to help you upload content. We now have three dedicated pages to help make it easier for content producers, advertisers and event organisers to upload content for display on the Big Screen. Each page has been recreated to provide a bespoke experience. Simply select the service from the dropdown menu on the Big Screen home page and select what you wish to upload and then follow the easy steps to submit your content.

New idents


Next, we’ve updated our on screen idents, that brand the Big Screen. They look a lot like the visual graphic displayed to the left of this paragraph and will play on the Big Screen. These eventually will be branded and offered to businesses as part of a sponsorship opportunity.


We want our news and events we share to be more engaging and so we’ve renamed our news section to blog with the intention of writing more about the lifestyle of events and information we can share with you.


The Big Screen online schedule will continue to display all of the upcoming programmes we’ve scheduled but it will now be clearer as to which day some repeated programmes such as BBC News are shown on.

Guide to the Big Screen

We’re always working to redevelop the policies in place to updating the rules of content submissions and so again in the near future, we will be reviewing the Big Screen Guide to the Big Screen.