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The National Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary Today; “Live From The National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage” Broadcast on Nov 2

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NATIONAL THEATRE
OF GREAT BRITAIN
CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY! 

LIVE FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE
BROADCAST TO CINEMAS INTERNATIONALLY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013

50 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE
APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
IN THE APPLE STORE

Today, October 22, 2013, marks the official 50th anniversary of the National Theatre of Great Britain. The National Theatre first opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic, under Laurence Olivier. 800 productions later, they are marking their half-century with a short season celebrating the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative of great British institutions.

The 50th anniversary celebration “LIVE FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE,” directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be broadcast by National Theatre Live to cinemas internationally on Saturday, November 2, 2013(with many encore dates in U.S. cities). From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on their stages over the past five decades.

To mark its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre has released an extensive collection of content from a selection of fifty seminal productions in a new iPad app “50 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE” available for free download in the app store. Featuring exclusive content from the National Theatre’s archive, the app charts the history of the National Theatre through its stage productions from The Recruiting Officer in 1963 through to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Effect in 2012.

More on “LIVE FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE” Broadcast on November 2

From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road – join us for a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on our stages over the past five decades and directed by Nicholas Hytner.

This once-in-a-lifetime performance features cast of 100 performing live on stage, including Olivier Award winner Roger Allam, Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale, Tony Award winner James Corden, Olivier Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch, Tony and Olivier Award winner Frances de la Tour, Tony and Academy Award winner Judi Dench, International Emmy Award winner Christopher Eccleston, Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes, Olivier Award winner Michael Gambon, Tony and Olivier Award winner Derek Jacobi, Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings, Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear, Olivier Award winner Adrian Lester, BAFTA award winner Anna Maxwell Martin, Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe & Olivier Award winner Helen Mirren, Olivier Award winner Andrew Scott, Tony & Olivier Award winner Maggie Smith and Olivier Award nominee Penelope Wilton, with more to be announced soon.

More on “50 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE” iPad app, Now Available for Free Download:

The app features:

·       An interactive timeline of production posters;

·       Hundreds of production and rehearsal photographs, costume illustrations, set designs, technical images, annotated scripts and other content from a selection of National Theatre productions;

·       Exclusive video interviews with Philip Pullman, Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens, Bunny Christie, and more;

·       An overall introduction and an introduction to each production from the playwright Nicholas Wright;

·       Exclusive archive recordings from the stage adaptation of His Dark Materials;

·       Cast and Creative lists from all 50 productions

The productions featured in the app include The Recruiting Officer (1963), Uncle Vanya (1963), Othello (1964), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967), The Dance of Death (1967), The National Health (1969), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1971), The Front Page (1972), No Man’s Land (1975), Bedroom Farce (1977), Betrayal (1978), Plenty (1978), Amadeus (1979), The Life of Galileo (1980), The Romans in Britain (1980), The Oresteia (1981), Guys and Dolls (1982), Glengarry Glen Ross (1983), Tales from Hollywood (1983), The Mysteries (1985), Pravda (1985), Antony and Cleopatra (1987), The Shaughraun (1988), Fuente Ovejuna (1989), Racing Demon (1990), Richard III (1990), The Wind in the Willows (1990), The Madness of George III (1991), An Inspector Calls (1992), Angels in America (1992), Arcadia (1993), Richard II (1995), Stanley (1996), Closer (1997), King Lear (1997), Copenhagen (1998), Oklahoma! (1998), blue/orange (2000), Hamlet (2000), Elmina’s Kitchen (2003), His Dark Materials (2003), Jerry Springer – The Opera (2003), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (2004), Stuff Happens (2004), The History Boys (2004), Waves (2006), War Horse (2007), The White Guard (2010), London Road (2011), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2012), The Effect (2012)

Encore dates and cinema locations are added frequently. For listings and to learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.ntlive.com.

About NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the National Theatre 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 1.75 million people have now experienced the work of National Theatre Live in cinemas worldwide. In addition to the recent 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), recent broadcasts have 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 with Frances de la Tour; and James Graham’s acclaimed new play This House.

ALL UPCOMING BROADCASTS

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this autumn, National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of some of the National’s most acclaimed recent productions including Hamlet with Rory Kinnear on October 22, 2013; Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, from October 31, 2013; and The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett with Alex Jennings and the late Richard Griffiths, on November 7, 2013.

LIVE FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Live Broadcast: November 2, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)

Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS

The Donmar Warhouse’s production, directed by Josie Rourke

Live Broadcast: January 30, 2014(with many encore dates in U.S. cities)

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.

WAR HORSE

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 4 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 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 distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (www.byexperience.net)

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon