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National Theatre Live to broadcast Acclaimed New Alan Bennett Comedy PEOPLE Beginning Next Thursday, Mar 21

National Theatre Live

On Thursday, March 21, National Theatre Live will broadcast a live performance of


the acclaimed new comedy by Alan Bennett

featuring Frances de la Tour

directed by Nicholas Hytner

 CLICK HERE to view the PEOPLE trailer.


A sale? Why not? Release all your wonderful treasures onto the open market and they are there for everyone to enjoy. It’s a kind of emancipation, a setting them free to range the world… a saleroom here, an exhibition there:  art, Lady Stacpoole, is a rover.

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.” The cast also features Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett.

****-City AM, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, Time Out


Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights, and the much anticipated People is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre. Following its original run at the National Theatre, The History Boys transferred to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, and toured internationally before being turned into a film, again directed by Nicholas Hytner and with a cast including Frances de la Tour.

Bennett and Hytner also collaborated on the award-winning play and film The Madness of King George and their last stage production, The Habit of Art, was broadcast as part of National Theatre Live in 2010.


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), 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) – April 5 at 7pm

● Symphony Space (NY, NY) – April 19 at 7pm; April 21 at 1:30pm; and April 28 at 1:30pm

● Cinemas 123 (New York, NY) – March 21 at 7pm; March 24 at 2pm

● Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) – March 21 at 3pm and 7pm

The John Drew Theater (East Hampton) – March 23 at 8pm

● James Bridges Theater, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) – April 28 at 4pm

● Irvine Barclay Theatre (Irvine, CA) – April 11 at 7:15pm

● Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) – March 26 and March 28 at 7pm

● Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco, CA) – April 6 at 12:30pm and April 8 at 7:15pm

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) – April 22 at 7:30pm

● SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) - April 6 at 1pm; April 8 at 7pm; April 13 at 1pm; April 15 at 7pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) – March 21 at 7pm and April 1 at 7pm

● Josephine Louis Theatre, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) – April 22 at 7pm

● Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) – April 12 at 2pm; April 13 at 1pm; and April 14 at 2pm

● Sundance Cinemas Houston (Houston, TX) – April 8 at 7:15pm and April 13 at 12:30pm


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