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National Theatre Live Brings John Lithgow in THE MAGISTRATE to US Cinemas Beginning Jan 17

The National Theatre Live
On Thursday, January 17, National Theatre Live will broadcast a live performance of


A comedy starring Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner


The broadcasts will be shown at cinemas throughout North America with many encore dates available.

“A comedy treat that’s as crisp, ripe and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.”
- Sunday Express

“John Lithgow is priceless.”
- The Times

CLICK HERE to view a video of John Lithgow discussing The Magistrate
and National Theatre Live.

CLICK HERE to view The Magistrate trailer.


Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow takes the title role in The Magistrate, an uproarious Victorian farce directed byOlivier Award winner Timothy Sheader, also featuring Olivier Award winner Nancy Carroll. In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s classic comedies She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences around the world doubled up with laughter.

Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out, Sunday Express


With his louche air and developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon (Joshua McGuire) is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother (Nancy Carroll) lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable police magistrate Posket (John Lithgow).

The imminent arrival of Cis’ godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hotel des Princes to warn him of her deception. But it’s also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge. High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other.  Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket must preside.


In the New York City area, screenings continue at NYU’s Skirball Center, Symphony Space, Cinemas 1 2 3, Kew Gardens Cinema, The John Drew Theater (East Hampton), Fairfield University (CT), and more. National Theatre Live can be seen at cinemas screens throughout North America.

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s 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 one million people have now experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide. This past record-breaking season, which included the program’s most-seen title to date One Man, Two Guvnors, has contributed significantly to the National’s recently reported growth in global audiences.



For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check: 

Example broadcasts in major markets are as follows:


● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (NY, NY) – January 18 & 25 at 7pm

● Symphony Space (NY, NY) – January 27 at 2pm; January 31 at 7pm; and February 5 at 7pm

● Cinemas 123 (New York, NY) - January 17, 7pm; January 20, 2pm

● Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) – January 17 at 2pm and 7pm

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) – January 17 at 2pm and 7pm

● James Bridges Theater, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) - February 9 at 7:30pm

● Irvine Barclay Theatre (Irvine, CA) – February 9 at 7:15 PM

● Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) – January 22 and January 24 at 7PM

● Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco, CA) – February 4 at 7:15pm and February 9 at 12:30pm

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC) – March 2 at 8pm

● SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) - February 3, 1pm; Feb 4, 6:30pm; Feb 5, 6:30pm; Feb 6, 6:30pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) – January 17 and February 4 at 7pm

● Josephine Louis Theatre, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) – February 4 at 7pm

● Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) – January 25 at 2pm; January 26 at 1pm; and January 27 at 2pm

● The Lensic (Sante Fe, NM) – January 17 at 7pm

● Sundance Cinemas Houston (Houston, TX) – February 4 at 7:15pm and February 9 at 12:30pm


Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.


LIVE BROADCAST:  MARCH 21, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)

PEOPLE, by Alan Bennett, directed by Nicholas Hytner

People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.

Award-winning writer Alan Bennett is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on The History Boys and The Habit of Art. The Times calls People “Wonderfully funny… a grand evening,” and praises de la Tour “in the best part Alan Bennett has written for her.”

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (

National Theatre Live is supported by Aviva. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit


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