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Classic Matinee: The Duke

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  • Wed 15 Jun
  • 95 minutes
  • Director: Roger Michell
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode
  • UK (2021)


This months Classic Matinee is The Duke

Classic Matinee is a relaxed screening for the over 55's but is open to everyone.

Tickets are £2.50 for the over 55's, with free tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, 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.

Classic Matinee is supported by Hello Again Hackney!