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Midweek Film: The Duke

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Wednesday 9 November 2022

7.30pm - 9.05pm


£5 / £4 concessions / Free for EHU Students


The Studio Theatre


Arts Centre


Midweek Film: The Duke

Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren sit on a bench together for 'The Duke' poster picture.

Wednesday 9 November 7:30pm
The Duke

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.

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Director: Roger Michell
Cert: 12A

Tickets: £5 / £4 concessions
Free for EHU Students

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