Trilogy

26th March 2019

Phyllida Lloyd’s innovative take on three of Shakespeare’s key plays for the Donmar Warehouse features a diverse all-women cast, including Harriet Walter. Shaped by work in prisons and with ex-offenders, her interpretations draw on inmates’ stories of deprivation, violence, more

Winged Bull In The Elephant Case

21st March 2018

Performance Live continues on BBC Two with a spectrum of some of the most exciting artists working in performance today. During World War Two the paintings in London’s National Gallery were taken for safety to a slate mine in Wales. Winged more

Cinderella

20th March 2018

Illuminations continues the relationship with New Adventures and Sadler’s Wells with the filming of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella for BBC2.  Set in London during the Second World War, Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative war-time romance which sees a chance more

Figures of Speech

19th March 2018

Bringing together the most exciting artists to provoke, inspire and surprises audiences, Figures of Speech uses the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas, to interrogate the vitality of speech to remember.  Included are Ian McKellen's more

Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells

24th April 2017

As part of the Hot Ticket strand on Sky Arts, Illuminations filmed Natalia Osipova’s trio of new contemporary dances at Sadler’s Wells. Osipova herself commissioned the dances and were choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita, who drew inspiration from her.  For the more

Elizabeth

24th April 2017

Elizabeth tells the life, love, and reign of Elizabeth I Queen of England.  A co-production with the Royal Opera House, Elizabeth featured world-renowned ballet stars Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky, choreographed by Will Tuckett's in a thrilling mix of dance, music and theatre. Elizabeth was more

ShaLt

24th November 2015

Illuminations were asked to make a series of short documentaries and dramas to illustrate the story of the theatrical scene that thrilled London between the 1570s and 1642. The Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) tells the full story behind the vast more

Lionel Bart

24th November 2015

Written by Bart's biographers, this documentary for BBC 4 draws paints a vivid, poignant picture of the rise and fall of one of Britain's favourite songwriters.  Drawing on his unseen personal archive and interviews the documentary also features contributions by Barbara more

Macbeth with Antony Sher

24th November 2015

Staring Anthony Sher in the titular role and Harriet Walter as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth played to packed houses in Stratford, London, and theatres abroad in 2000. Following sell-out seasons at Stratford's Swan Theatre and in London, the production played in Japan and more

Macbeth with Patrick Stewart

24th November 2015

Starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, Rupert Goold's immediate and visceral film is set in an undefined and threatening central European world. Director of the critically-acclaimed plays, ENRON and American Psycho, Rupert Goold has been described as more