Sutton’s Empire Cinemas’ Empire Extra gives cinemagoers the unique opportunity to view the best in theatre, music and entertainment from the comfort of their local cinema. With a bumper calendar of events, July is set to be one of the best months yet, screening the likes of world renowned mastersinger Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s, Romeo and Juliet.
Empire Extra has not one but two Shakespeare classics this month; with Richard III featuring Bafta winner Ralph Fiennes set to air on the 21st July. Additionally, the celebrated conductor Andre Rieu’s Maastricht concert is being shown this month, boasting amazing vocals and André’s Dutch hometown as a jaw dropping backdrop. Finally for sports fan this month’s Empire Extra calendar is hosting the greatest moment in English football history, the World Cup ’66.

To make sure the experience never ends we have June’s Empire Cinemas playlist on Spotify so you can take some of the month’s spectacular music moments home with you.
Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet
Released 7 July 2016 / Next Performance: 7 July 2016 19:15
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The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heart-breaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James as Romeo and Juliet and Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio.

Glyndebourne: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg
Release Date: 12 July 2016 / Next Performance: 12 July 2016 17:30
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Grippingly original, Wagner puts singing and song writing centre stage in Glyndebourne’s biggest production ever. Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Mastersingers, a group of poets and musicians who have created complex rules for composing and performing their songs. Their world is turned upside down by free-thinking Walther who enters their singing competition to win his beloved Eva. But can this inspired rule-breaker win the hand of the woman he loves? With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus

Almeida Live: Richard III
Release Date: 21 July 2016 / Next Performance: 21 July 2016 18:45
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The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown. Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s (Macbeth, King Charles III) searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.

Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert
Release Date: 23 July 2016 / Next Performance: 23 July 2016 19:00
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Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages. Commenting on this year’s event, André Rieu said: “Every year we find ways to make my hometown concerts a unique experience for our audiences in the square, as well as those who watch us in the cinemas. We put a lot of time, energy and love into creating something special, some Maastricht magic”. CinemaLive’s presentation of André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who introduces the show and conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences. André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert is shaping up to be his biggest and most spectacular concert ever to screen in cinemas! The concert is approximately 3hrs including a 15 minute interval. Spoken parts in English and Dutch with some English subtitles supplied.

World Cup ’66 – LIVE
Release Date: 30 July 2016 / Next Performance: 30 July 2016 14:30
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Relive the greatest day in English football history. Summer 1966, and the eyes of the world are on London – the music, the fashion and the football – as the England team prepares for the World Cup final. Now – exactly 50 years on – music, history and football combine into a once-in-a-lifetime event as we retell the story of that historic day England football fans will never forget. Told in real time, minute by minute, this groundbreaking experience will be broadcast live to cinemas from The SSE Arena, Wembley, yards from where the original game was played, on Saturday 30 July. Bringing together compelling match footage, fascinating stories, appearances from football heroes, and incredible songs from 1966 – all performed live by the best of today’s artists alongside some of the legends who sang them first time around – this will be a truly unmissable live event.