Films and streams at the Stephen Joseph Theater in Scarborough in April – including meeting one of the stars of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in the 1939 big screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights
Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in the 1939 big screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights

The theater is presenting the film in association with Sci-Fi Scarborough, and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Julie Dawn Cole, who plays the spoiled Golden Ticket winner.

The April schedule also includes new releases, streamings and films focusing on the work and life of the literary Brontë sisters, as part of the Bronte Festival of Theatre.

The theatre’s film programmer, Steve Carley, said: “This month we have some fabulous new releases – Cyrano and Ali and Ava – and some Easter holiday mayhem with Sing 2.

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“We are also very pleased to announce a special screening of Gene Wilder’s 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – complete with an exclusive Q&A with Veruca Salt herself, Julia Dawn Cole.

“And if that’s not enough, later in the month we’ll be presenting a unique mix of events to celebrate our production of Jane Eyre, including some stunning film adaptations.”

Cyrano, Sing 2 and Ali & Ava can all be enabled with audio description for the blind and visually impaired.

Movies in theaters in April are (OC=open captioned):

Cyrano: This visually stunning retelling of the famous Cyrano de Bergerac story stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Ben Mendelsohn.

Friday 1 April, Saturday 2 April at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday April 4 (OC), Tuesday April 5, Wednesday April 6, Thursday April 7 at 7 p.m.

Screen exhibition: Easter in Art (event cinema): Shot in Israel, the United States and Europe, this film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages.

Sing 2 (movie): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Toni Kelly, Nick Kroll, Peter Serafinowicz, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Offerman, Spike Jonze, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Chelsey Peretti, Letitia Wright and Bono – all this and more in this sequel in which Buster Moon and his band put on a show while trying to impress an entertainment mogul and persuade a reclusive rock star to perform.

Friday April 8 at 2 p.m., Saturday April 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday April 11, Tuesday April 12 at 7 p.m., Thursday April 14 at 2 p.m.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (event cinema, film, 1971): Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the original and best adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. Presented in association with Sci-Fi Scarborough, this screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with Julie Dawn Cole, who plays Veruca Salt.

Royal Opera House Live: La traviata (live stream): 19th century Paris is a place of contrasts; glamor and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. The courtesan Violetta sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias, including the cheerful Semper Libera, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. Richard Eyre’s production recently celebrated 25 years on stage at the Royal Opera House and returns this year with acclaimed opera star Pretty Yende as Violetta.

Wednesday April 13 at 6:45 p.m.

Bronte Festival: Wuthering Heights (1939): Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven and Dame Flora Robson in the 1939 adaptation which was nominated for eight Oscars but only won one in a year considered by many to be the greatest in film history Hollywood.

Friday April 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Ali and Ava: Written and directed by Clio Barnard, Ali & Ava stars Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook in what film critic Mark Kermode described as a “perfect Bradford love story”.

Monday April 18, Tuesday April 19 (OC) at 7 p.m.

Brontë Festival: The Brontë Sisters (film, 1979): Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier and Isabelle Huppert in a film retracing the life of the Brontës from 1834, when, at age 17, Brother Branwell painted the famous portrait of his three sisters, to 1852 when Charlotte, now a famous author, is the only surviving sibling.

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