Stage on Screen

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

Now in its sixth year, the Wirtz Center proudly presents National Theatre Live, the best in British Theater captured live for the big screen. New this year, from the stages of Russia’s greatest theater companies, the Stage Russia HD series brings the mastery of Russian theater to Western cinema audiences.

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



Stage Russia HD: Anna Karenina
Saturday, January 28 at 2:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy

This Vakhtangov Theatre production of ANNA KARENINA is a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, originally published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Telling the life story of the titular Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat, against the backdrop of late 19th century Russian society, Tolstoy's novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction. Cholina strives to find the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, as every gesture holds as much meaning as a word. The music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the characters of the drama and their depth, together with elegance and mood corresponding to the amplitude of the novel.

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Presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.



National Theatre Live: No Man's Land
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Sean Mathias
Starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

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Running time: approx. 150 minutes including a post-performance Q&A
Rating: 15. Appropriate for audiences 15 years old and up



National Theatre Live: Saint Joan
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Bernard Shaw
Directed by Josie Rourke
Starring Emma Arterton

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

Running time: approx. 240 minutes
Rating: 12A. Appropriate for audiences 12 years old and up



National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler
Thursday, March 30 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Starring Ruth Wilson

“I’ve no talent for life.”
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free.  Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

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Running time: TBC 210 mins
Rating: 12A. Appropriate for audiences 12 years old and up



National Theatre Live: Amadeus
Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Starring Lucian Msamati

Music. Power. Jealousy.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Running time: approx. 210 minutes
Rating: 12A. Appropriate for audiences 12 years old and up

National Theatre Live is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is proudly supported by AVIVA. The Wirtz Center's Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.