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).



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.

Video Trailer

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



Stage Russia HD: Eugene Onegin - Encore
(Russian Translation - Евгений Онегин)
Saturday, March 11 at 2:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Alexander Pushkin
Directed by Rimas Tuminas
Starring Sergey Makovetskiy

Back by popular demand following two sold out screenings this fall!

Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas’ reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination. The scale of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past like the fragments of Tatyana’s love letter, framed and hung on the wall, looming next to and above Onegin’s arm-chair. The Vakhtangov Theatre’s “Eugene Onegin,” starring the incomparable Sergey Makovetskiy in the title role, is a sumptuous work that will leave you with enough beautiful memories and images to last a lifetime

The program will be presented in Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 3hrs and 19min, with one intermission



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

By George 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.

Video Trailer

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).

Video Trailer

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



Stage Russia HD: The Black Monk
(Russian Translation - Черный монах)
Saturday, April 1 at 2:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Kama Ginkas

Based on the Anton Chekhov short story, “The Black Monk” tells the tragic tale of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Kovrin decides to visit his childhood friend Tanya Pesotsky at the estate of her father. As he and Tanya develop a relationship and eventually marry, a black monk of legend begins appearing to Kovrin in visions. Though these hallucinations at first imbue the young man with joy and energy, they eventually lead to his ruin.
Kama Ginkas’ dramatization of Chekhov’s story for The Moscow Young Generation Theater has become a theatre sensation. The show has won the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize for Best Production at the Baltic House international theatre festival
in St. Petersburg.

Presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with NO intermission.



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.

Video Trailer

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



National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
Saturday, July 22 at 2PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By J.M. Barrie
Directed by Sally Cookson

★★★★★
‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ - Radio Times

All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Running Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Rating: TBC



National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night
Wednesday, July 26 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By William Shakespeare
Starring Tamsin Greig
Directed by Simon Godwin

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Running Time: 3hrs and 30mins
Rating: Suitable for 12 years old and up



National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Thursday, August 10 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Tom Stoppard
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, David Haig
Directed by David Leveaux

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play.

Running time: 3hrs and 20 mins
Rating: Suitable for 12 years and above

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.