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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.

NEW DATE: National Theatre of London: 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.

Tickets for the Feb. 13 performance that was cancelled will be accepted for this screening.

National Theatre of London: Medea

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.

 

It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval), A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

National Theatre of London: Skylight

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.
As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

National Theatre of London: A Street Car Named Desire

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
 
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.

National Theatre of London: JOHN

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre.
DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.

Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.