July 3, 2022
THE DUKE is the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history.
Stuff, James Croot 4/5 Stars. "A fabulous showcase for one of the seemingly forgotten greats of British acting in Jim Broadbent and fitting fictional swansong by the brilliant director Roger Michell."
Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage - how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.
Director: Roger Michell
Writers: Richard Bean, Clive Coleman
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, Fionn Whitehead
Movie screenings are running under the Orange Covid setting with face masks recommended.
Our theatre is inviting; cool in summer, cosy in winter. 2K Digital Projection with Dolby 5.1 Audio.
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Door sales if available from 30 minutes before the start of each session. If you want to check if seats are available phone 825 0023, from 30 minutes before the start of each session.
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There is a café with juice, Bundaberg drinks, popcorn plus yummy food on sale. Most sessions are licensed with wine, cider and beer available.
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From 15 minutes before the start they will be resold if the session is full.
Based on a real art theft, the great Jim Broadbent stars as an older taxi driver who stole a priceless portrait from London's National Gallery. His ransom? Free television for the elderly. From the director of Notting Hill, co-starring Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) and the almighty Helen Mirren.
M, Sex scenes & offensive language | 96 mins UK