Stage on Screen

The Best of International Theatre Captured Live for the Big Screen!

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.

Tickets: $20 general public, $16 NU Employee (in-person or phone order only) or $10 full-time student (Under 30 with current ID).
 


NT Live: Hangmen
Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater

By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster

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"the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years" (Daily Telegraph)

Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live.

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey – The Walking Dead, State of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging?  Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman – Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn – Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for their visit.

Running Time: 2 hrs 40 mins (including a 20-minute intermission)


NT Live Encore: One Man, Two Guvnors
Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

By Richard Bean
Starring James Corden

One of the funniest productions in NT Live history, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from the host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.



NT Live Encore: Hamlet
August 3 at 7:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lyndsey Turner
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Running Time: 3 hours 20 mins (including a 20-min intermission)



NT Live Encore: A View from the Bridge
Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Starring Mark Strong

This stunning Young Vic production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo van Hove. This production is currently on Broadway and a strong contender for multiple nominations (to be announced May 3) at this year’s Tony Awards including “Best Revival of a Play.”

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. 

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes, no intermission



NT Live Encore: Frankenstein
Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

By Nick Dear
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Dany Boyle
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Monster and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting).The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, no intermission



NT Live Encore: War Horse
Wednesday, Dec 7 at 7:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

By Nick Stafford
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of millions of people around the world. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, 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-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission

 

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