MU TO BROADCAST THE FOURTH SEASON OF NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

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8/27/2012

Monmouth University is delighted to present the fourth season of National Theatre Live (NT Live), a successful initiative to broadcast live performances from the National Theatre of London’s stages to cinemas and arts centers worldwide. Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, more than 750,000 people have now experienced the National’s work on movie and theater screens worldwide.

In addition to Mirren’s unforgettable performance as Phédre, NT Live audiences around the globe have been treated to Rory Kinnear’s acclaimed performance as Hamlet, Jonny Lee Miller & Benedict Cumberbatch’s Best Actor Olivier award winning performances as Frankenstein & the Creature, James Corden’s Tony-winning performance in One Man, Two Guvnors and many more.

Season four promises some equally impressive actors and exciting new works. Being broadcast on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m., Mark Haddon’s beloved and award winning novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this richly theatrical exploration of Haddon’s touching and bleakly humorous story. The cast includes Niamh Cusack, Nick Sidi, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker.

On Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. Stephen Beresford’s new play The Last of the Haussmans will be broadcast live from London. Directed by Howard Davies, the play examines the fate of the 1960s revolutionary generation and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing that’s losing its grip. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Matthew Marsh, Helen McCrory, and Julie Walters.

Broadcast on Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m., Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

All of these broadcasts will be shown on one of the area’s largest HD screens at the Pollak Theatre on Monmouth University campus’s convenient location with free parking. Tickets to all NT Live events are $22 and can be purchased online at www.monmouth.edu/arts or by calling the Monmouth University Box Office at 732-263-6889. For press inquiries regarding Center for the Arts events, please contact Eileen Chapman at 732-571-3512.

NT Live is distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience: www.byexperience.net.

Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507