(PG) Director Amma Asante, who previously made Belle, tells the extraordinary true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (later Botswana) who, while staying in London in 1947, met and fell in love with office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Their courageous decision to marry triggered a storm of controversy, both personal and political, all of it beautifully delineated in this totally absorbing slice of recent history. A United Kingdom avoids sentimentality in telling this riveting story.
The Menkoff Method Orchestra. Iconic songs including Yesterday, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yellow Submarine and Something are among those that get an airing. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Opens January 1, 8pm. Tickets: $89-$169. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until January 3. Circus 1903 Flying trapeze artists, high-wire acts and contortionists feature in Circus 1903 this summer. Puppeteers from the awardwinning global theatre group War Horse bring elephants to life. Circus 1903 is produced by the Illusionists and is suitable for all ages.