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National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world.  Launched in 2009, NT Live broadcasts have now been experienced by over 1.5 million people in 500 venues around the world.  Past broadcasts include Danny Boyle's Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden and The Last of the Haussmans with Julie Walters.

The Theatre and Interpretation Center is thrilled to continue partnering with NT Live to bring “the best of British theatre” to our audiences in our 2013/14 Mainstage Season!  Single tickets to each of the below broadcasts are now on sale!  Tickets to each broadcast are $20 general public, $16 NU faculty/staff (in-person or phone order only) or $10 full-time student (with valid ID).  Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.  Call the TIC Box Office at 847-491-7282

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Mendes

Tuesday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

General admission: $20 general public; $16 NU faculty/staff (phone and in-person only); $10 full-time students (must present valid ID at Will Call)
Group rates: $18 for general public groups of 8 or more; $8 for full-time student groups of 8 or more.  Call the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

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A Small Family Business
By Alan Ayckbourn

Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Ethel M. Barber Theater

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 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.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Encore)
Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, Adapted by Simon Stephens

Tuesday, August 5, 7 p.m.
Ethel M. Barber Theater

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play. Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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National Theatre Live is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is proudly supported by AVIVA

The Theatre and Interpretation Center’s National Theatre Live broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

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