THE silver screen takes centre stage at the Eastgate over the next few weeks, with a dazzling programme of blockbuster films, drama screened from the National Theatre, opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House, plus an acclaimed outdoor film festival.

After a burst of festive movies, there’s a distinct change of pace this Sunday (January 19) with a blockbuster triple bill of Jumanji: The Next Level, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, plus the much-anticipated film of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage smash, Cats.

This is followed by All My Sons (Wednesday, January 22), the second of three outstanding plays being screened from the National Theatre in January.

This new production of Arthur Miller’s blistering drama sees Sally Field and Bill Pullman come to terms with the shattering of their American dream when the return of a figure from the past forces long-buried truths to the surface.

The third in the National Theatre season is the epic new adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island (Friday, February 7) which sees an extraordinary cast of 40 actors trace the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Also in January, Puccini’s opera of comedy romance and tragedy, La Bohème (Wednesday, January 29) takes everyone back to Christmas Eve in Paris.

The month is rounded off by the return of the much-loved Peebles Outdoor Film Festival over the weekend of January 24 to 26, with a jaw-dropping selection of adventure films from around the world, personal appearances by local heroes and international adventurers, plus fun outdoor sessions led by local activity providers.

Ticket details available from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online at www.eastgatearts.com