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National Theatre of London: OTHELLO

Shakespeare’s Othello

The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC’s Hustle) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona – who is half his age – is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

National Theatre of London: Macbeth

MACBETH
starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston
Manchester International Festival

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

National Theatre of London: Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia).

National Theatre of London: Coriolanus

Donmar Warehouse production of 

Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS

Thurs. January 30, 2014

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

CANCELLED: National Theatre of London: Frankenstein

This screening is CANCELLED due to the weather. It will be rescheduled for March 6.  Nick Dear’s Frankenstein

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production. In this encore screening Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) plays Dr. Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. 

Faust – Gounod (Broadcast in HD)

Faust – Gounod (New Production)

Encore Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7 p.m.

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success. (4 hours 20 minutes, 2 intermissions) 

Broadcast in HD 

TIME CHANGE: National Theatre of London: 50 Years on Stage

TIME CHANGE: The National Theatre will be starting at 4:50 p.m., NOT 4:00 p.m. as previously stated. We apologize for any inconvenience.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents a once-in-a-lifetime performance, broadcast to cinemas around the world.

From its early golden period under the leadership of Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic theatre to its now iconic building in the heart of London, the National Theatre has been home to Britain’s finest theatrical talent, premiering works by renowned writers such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett and David Hare, and staging celebrated performances by Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and the rising stars of today.

From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from The Mysteries to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to War Horse – Nicholas Hytner directs a thrilling evening of live theatre, with rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the original actors who have performed on the National’s stages over the past five decades.

National Theatre of London: War Horse

Additional Screening March 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. 

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience this landmark production in a cinema near you.

National Theatre of London: War Horse – Second Screening

National Theatre of London: War Horse – Second Screening

The National Theatre’s original stage production of
War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas.  

Since its first performance at the National
Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit,
capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. 

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted
for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an
extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First
World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving
and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are
astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who
bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.  

Don’t miss your chance to experience this landmark production in a
cinema near you. 

National Theatre of London: King Lear

Academy Award® winner
Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to
direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in
the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

 An aged king decides to
divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is
most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s
world descends into chaos.