National Theatre Live

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 Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to continue partnering with NT Live to bring “the best of British theatre” to our audiences!  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 Wirtz Center Box Office at 847-491-7282.


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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By Euripides
Directed by Carrie Cracknell

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

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

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

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

Construction alert:  Construction underway has closed Arts Circle Drive to traffic. Free parking for evening and weekend events remains available, but the project will impact handicap parking and patrons requiring special access to our theaters. Learn more.