National Theatre Live New 2017 Season

Here is the beginning of National Theatre Live's exciting new 2016 - 2017 Season! See your favorite British actors in some of the top plays on the planet. Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production.

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Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion is an uproarious, classic farce.

Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria, where they are separated. Presuming Sebastian dead, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsnio.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, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) 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).

"This star-studded, discreetly woke 'Twelfth Night' is masses of fun..."  — TimeOut

Show Times
Thu, Apr 6 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, Apr 6 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Apr 8 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard

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 that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre 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.

Show Times
Thu, Apr 20 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, Apr 20 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Apr 23 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Thu, Apr 27 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Apr 29 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Obsession

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Show Times
Thu, May 11 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, May 11 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, May 14 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Edward Albee

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

★★★★★
‘Imelda Staunton at her magnificent best.
A first-rate revival of an astonishing play. ’
The Guardian
 
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‘A fierce revival. Exquisite.’
The Evening Standard
 
★★★★★
‘One of the greatest feats of acting I have witnessed.’
The Independent
 
★★★★★
‘Intoxicatingly good.  A blistering production.’
Financial Times

Show Times
Thu, May 18 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, May 18 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, May 20 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Thu, May 25 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, May 27 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Peter Pan

By JM Barrie

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.

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

Show Times
Sun, Jun 18 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Tue, Jun 20 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jun 25 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Salomé

By Yaël Farber

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.
 
Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs )

Show Times
Thu, Jun 22 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, Jun 22 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Jun 24 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Thu, Jun 29 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Jul 1 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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Angels in America

Angels in America

Part 1: Millennium Approaches
Part 2: Perestroika 

By Tony Kushner

**TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN 20**

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (Being Human, The History Boys).

This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Show Times, Part 1: Millennium Approaches
Thu, Jul 20 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, Jul 20 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Jul 22 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jul 23 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Wed, Jul 26 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Show Times, Part 2: Perestroika
Thu, Jul 27 11:00am     Buy Tickets
Thu, Jul 27 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Jul 29 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jul 30 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Wed, Aug 2 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
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Yerma

By Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.
 
★★★★★
"Brutal yet ferociously funny" — Metro

★★★★★
"Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca" — The Observer

★★★★★
"A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic"  — The Independent

Show Times
Thu, Sep 21 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Sep 23 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Oct 1 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
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