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The Duke (M)

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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.

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.

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, Fionn Whitehead

Director: Roger Michell

★★★★★ "What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is." GUARDIAN

★★★★★ "Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent shine in this zingy Ealing-style caper...Oscars surely beckon." DAILY TELEGRAPH UK

★★★★★ "It's a quirky but stirring tale, beautifully scripted by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, while director Roger Michell brings the same sureness of comedic touch he applied to the likes of Notting Hill and Venus." DAILY MAIL UK

★★★★ "Throughout everything Broadbent is astounding, both foolish and infuriating, but also deeply sympathetic." TIMES UK

★★★★ "The script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman is full of delightfully droll dialogue, and director Roger Michell keeps things as light and sharp as lemon soufflé." FINANCIAL TIMES


Starts from Thursday, 31 March 2022. Session times to be announced.

Ticket Prices

  • 2D screenings:
    Adults $13 • Members $11 • Children (aged 3 to 12) $10
  • 3D screenings:
    All tickets $13 or $45 for family of four (max two adults, children aged 3 to 12)
  • NT Live:
    Adults $25 • Seniors $23 • Full-time students/children $15 • Student groups (10+) $12 each
  • MET Opera:
    Adults $28 • Seniors $23

Most cards accepted.

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