In 2013-2014, the fifth season of the National Theatre Live series, audiences can look forward to a wider variety than ever of productions and special events from the National’s stages and beyond. The National’s critically-acclaimed new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be broadcast live September 26, 2013; the Manchester International Festival’s production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role, directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, will be broadcast live in the UK on July 20, 2013, and broadcast internationally on October 17, 2013; a star-studded 50th Anniversary celebration of the National Theatre will be broadcast live from the National on November 2, 2013; the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke, will be broadcast live on January 30, 2014; and the National’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris in association with Handspring Puppet Company, will be broadcast live from the West End for the first time ever in 2014, with specific dates to be announced at a later time. All broadcasts will have multiple encore screenings following the live dates.
National Theatre Live is an initiative by the National Theatre of Great Britain to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over 1.5 million people have now experienced the work of National Theatre Live on movie screens worldwide. In addition to the record-breaking broadcast of The Audience starring Helen Mirren as The Queen (winner of two 2013 Olivier Awards, including the Best Actress award for Mirren), this past season included the theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Master Card Best New Play); Steven Beresford’s acclaimed new comedy The Last of the Haussmans; a new production of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role; Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate starring John Lithgow in the title role; Alan Bennett’s new comedy People starring Frances de la Tour; and James Graham’s acclaimed new play This House.
Encore dates and cinema locations are added frequently. All listings are available at www.ntlive.com.
LIVE BROADCAST: SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)
OTHELLO, by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicholas Hytner
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 favor of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.
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“CAPTURED LIVE” BROADCAST: OCTOBER 17, 2013 (following a live broadcast in the UK only on July 20, with many encore dates in U.S. cities following the October 17 re-broadcast)
Manchester International Festival’s production of Shakespeare’s MACBETH, directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh returns to the stage for his first Shakespearean role in over a decade, taking the title role in Manchester International Festival’s production of MACBETH, with Alex Kingston (“Dr. Who,” “ER”) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester Church.
MACBETHfrom Manchester International Festivalmarks National Theatre Live’s first festival partnership and fourth broadcast from outside the National Theatre. This production of MACBETH is commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, where it will play July 5 – 21, 2013.
LIVE BROADCAST: NOVEMBER 2, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)
NATIONAL THEATRE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE, directed by Nicholas Hytner
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre 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.
LIVE BROADCAST: JANUARY 30, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)
Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS, directed by Josie Rourke
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.
LIVE BROADCAST: 2014 (exact date TBA, with many encore dates in U.S. cities)
National Theatre Live will broadcast the internationally beloved play WAR HORSE live from London’s West End to cinemas around the world in 2014.
Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, WAR HORSEhas become an international phenomenon, seen by over 3.7 million people world-wide and receiving numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards in London, six Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, with direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, 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-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
War Horse is currently in its sixth year in London, with concurrent productions running in Australia (Sydney and soon Brisbane) and is on a major tour of North America which continues through 2014. A tour of the UK and Ireland begins in September 2013 and Gefährten, a German language production of WAR HORSE opens in Berlin in October 2013. More details on www.warhorseonstage.com.
National Theatre Live is pleased to bring this landmark production to a cinema near you next year.
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