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National Theatre Live – the finest productions, the greatest writers, directors and actors, broadcast live from The National, offering a unique theatre experience, which gets you so close to the action, you can almost feel the actors’ spit on your face – at a fraction of the price (£15.00) of the real thing, too…   Now with allocated seating, for your convenience.

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NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams’ steamy masterpiece about violence, desire and destruction, A Streetcar Named Desire, will be shown in the NT Live season.   Gillian Anderson (The X-FilesThe Fall) is vulnerable elder sister Blanche, Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) is Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great ExpectationsThree Sisters at the Young Vic) is Stella.

Blanche DuBois:  a role actresses would kill for!  Gillian Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett and more in the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history.  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.  And he has a few new tricks up his sleeve for this production of Streetcar, his second time of staging it.

 

 

NT Live: Skylight

NT Live presents, live from the stage of Wyndhams Theatre

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, 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.

Bill Nighy, whose film credits include Love Actually and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, stars alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn DavisThe Great GatsbyAn Education) making her West End stage debut. They are joined by Matthew Beard (An EducationOne DayThe Look of Love).

Skylight is directed by Stephen Daldry who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience and whose award-winning stage work also includes An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot the Musical.

David Hare is the author of 29 plays for stage including PlentyRacing DemonAmy’s ViewThe Blue RoomThe Judas KissPravda (with Howard Brenton) and, most recently,South Downs. His many screenplays include The Hours and The Reader.

Skylight was originally produced in 1995 at The National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was that year’s recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play.

NT Live: 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.

 

 

 

 

NT 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 New 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.

 

NT Encore: King Lear

National Theatre Encore – all the same experience and extras as the Live performance.  For the ‘Live’ performance, click here.

When we are born, we cry that we are come/To this great stage of fools. –  King Lear, William Shakespeare.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters according to whom is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing, occasioning one of the greatest of tragedies…

Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and Collaborators, takes the title role,  and the play is directed by Oscar-winning film and theatre director, Sam Mendes (An American Beauty, Skyfall).

Critic Michael Billington says of the production:   “A magnetic and unorthodox Lear…Russell Beale brings out the moment-by-moment contradictions within Lear“.  Billington also says that it is a production that ”combines a cosmic scale with an intimate sense of detail.

Currently all sold out at the National.  Booking now, in the comfort of the Lexi!

 

NT Encore: War Horse

For your great pleasure, we bring you the National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, live, in a recording from The New London Theatre.  Seen it before?  That’s no excuse for not coming to exult in it again!

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about the bond between a boy and a horse, War Horse takes audiences on an amazingly realised  journey from the fields of Devon to the trenches of First World War France. For those of you who thrilled to The Amazing Incident... (now also available on Thu 22 May), this shares much; the heart-stopping power of the drama is in the feat of so amazingly bringing life-sized snorting, whiffling, stomping heroic beasts to the stage.  For this, South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company should take a bow!

 

NT Encore : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Newly announced, another chance to  experience this remarkable play, on Thu 22 May. On sale now.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, beautifully and imaginatively adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Mark Haddon’s novel was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003, and has now sold over 2 million copies around the world. Marianne Elliott co-directed the globally successful stage production of War Horse for the National, for which she won a Tony Award in 2011. Simon Stephens, twice Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, is the author of many original plays and adaptations, including Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World, both directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre.

This play is rated 15.

 

NT Live: King Lear

For information about our NT Encore performance of this, click here.

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools. –  King Lear,
William Shakespeare.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters according to whom is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing, occasioning one of the greatest of tragedies…

Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and Collaborators, takes the title role,  and the play is directed by Oscar-winning film and theatre director, Sam Mendes (An American Beauty, Skyfall).

Critic Michael Billington says of the production:   “A magnetic and unorthodox Lear…Russell Beale brings out the moment-by-moment contradictions within Lear“.  Billington also says that it is a production that ”combines a cosmic scale with an intimate sense of detail.

Currently all sold out at the National.  Booking now, in the comfort of the Lexi!

 

 

 

NT Encore: The Habit of Art

NT Live’s 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Benjamin Britten (Jennings), sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden (Griffiths). During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

 

NT Live: War Horse

SOLD OUT.  Encore screening, Sun 2 Mar 14:30, still available, click here.

For your great pleasure, we bring you the National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from the New London Theatre.  Seen it before?  That’s no excuse for not coming to exult in it again!

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about the bond between a boy and a horse, War Horse takes audiences on an amazingly realised  journey from the fields of Devon to the trenches of First World War France. For those of you who thrilled to The Amazing Incident… (now also showing as a NT Encore on Thu 22 May), this shares much; the heart-stopping power of the drama is in the feat of so amazingly bringing life-sized snorting, whiffling, stomping heroic beasts to the stage.  For this,  South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company should take a bow!

 

 

 

NT Encore: Hamlet

The National Theatre Live’s 2010 production of Hamlet is shown as an Encore as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“It is certainly a chilling production that demands to be seen.” Independent

“Tremendous!  This is a Hamlet for now.” Times

Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new modern dress 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).

 

 

NT Live: Macbeth

MORE!  We now have an encore of this electrifying production, on Wednesday 7 August at 18:45. There were but a handful of live performances, and tickets for Saturday night’s NT Live sold out quickly.  Remember, the Encore is a recording of the Live performance, with all the immediacy and extras!

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying 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 Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Kenneth Branagh has long been lauded as one of the great Shakespearean interpreters. His skills as a writer, director and actor have garnered international acclaim across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he is the only man to be nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award. He last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002.