Richard Alston Film Season 2017


In conjunction with Richard Alston Dance Company’s performance at Royal & Derngate on Thu 5 & Fri 6 October, choreographer Richard Alston has programmed a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Each depicting dance in interesting ways, the films have inspired Alston’s choreography throughout his career. Richard will be appearing at the Filmhouse to give each film a short introduction.

If you book for any film in the Richard Alston season, we are offering a special ticket price of £15 on best available seats for the live Richard Alston Dance Company performance at Royal & Derngate. To book with this offer, please visit or call Box Office on 01604 624811.

Click here for more information about the performances at Royal & Derngate on Thu 5 & Fri 6 October

The short season of classic begins with Tom Richardson‘s 1963 adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel Tom Jones (PG), on Sunday 24 September at 2.15pm. Richard comments that the film is “a fast-moving rough-and-tumble of a comedy but also a delicious love-story“.

Screening on Sun 1 October at 2.15pm is Pedro Almodóvar‘s mystery Talk To Her (15) which Richard describes as “mesmerising, totally engaging”. The film is screened in Spanish, with English subtitles.

Finally, on Sun 8 October is John Huston‘s Oscar-winning 1953 Moulin Rouge (U)following artist Toulouse-Lautrec and starring José Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Richard says: “It’s a truly marvellous film, very rarely seen these days – don’t miss it!

Tickets for each film are £8.50 / £.7.50 concession and can be booked online, in person at Box Office or by calling 01604 624811.

The Richard Alston Dance Company return to Royal & Derngate on Thu 5 – Fri 6 October with a programme of three works, including Alston’s newest dance, Carnaval, to the music of the same name by Schumann, played live by the fantastic pianist Jason Ridgway.

Alston’s Chacony is inspired by the Chaconne of Henry Purcell and Britten’s tribute to Purcell: the Chacony from String Quartet No. 2. The dance celebrates the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places before reaffirming hope for humanity.

Gypsy Mixture, a great Alston favourite, has been newly revived for the first time in a decade. With exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands, this dance will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.

Join Richard Alston ahead of the performance on Thu 5 October for a free pre-show talk. Please book your place by calling Box Office on 01604 624811.

RADC dancer Ihsaan de Banya has choreographed a curtain raiser for 20 students from various schools in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire as part of both performances at the Royal & Derngate. This project was organised with Two Thirds Sky.