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Watch the Royal Ballet and Opera for free this June in Guildhall Square

The BP Big Screen is broadcasting some of the world’s most popular operas and ballets live from the Royal Opera House in London for free this summer across 24 different sites around the UK.

Three live performances will be shown from the Big Screen Portsmouth, which is supported by the University and Portsmouth City Council, so be sure to add the following dates to your diary and come along. Bring your friends and a picnic and soak up free culture on your doorstep.

Arrive early for the exclusive pre-performance content 30 minutes before curtain-up.

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!”

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 tomake 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 attention 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 jeopardises 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 from happening, but will the Count still find a way to thwart the wedding? And can the Countess win back her husband’s affection?

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