The National Theatre, London announces a special encore broadcast of PHÈDRE starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren prior to the second season of “National Theatre Live”
Phèdre will be broadcast on September 23, 2010.
The National Theatre is pleased to announce a special encore broadcast of Phèdre, by Jean Racine in a version by Ted Hughes starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! film), directed by Nicholas Hytner on September 23, 2010. Phèdre was originally performed live on June 25, 2009, launching the National’s initiative to broadcast performances to cinemas worldwide. This encore broadcast heralds the second season of National Theatre Live, beginning this fall.
The first season of National Theatre Live was seen by over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries.
Phèdre will play in dozens of locations across the U.S. including: the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Skirball at New York University, Coolidge Corner in Boston, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and many more from California to Florida. The broadcast of Phèdre will also include a trailer and preview of the six new productions to feature in National Theatre Live’s second season.
National Theatre Live’s new season will also include: Hamlet, Frankenstein, Fela!, The Cherry Orchard, the Donmar Warehouse’s King Lear and Complicite’s A Disappearing Number. Exhibition dates and cinema locations will be announced later this summer. All live performances will be broadcast from the National Theatre, except for the October 14th performance of Complicite’s A Disappearing Number from the Theatre Royal Plymouth, marking the first time an NT Live performance will originate outside London. The Donmar’s production of King Lear will also be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse stage in February 2011.
Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre (Mirren) confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.
Tickets for Phèdre will be on sale at most venues beginning Tuesday, September 7th. Select cinemas will offer subscription packages for the series this year. To learn more, visit www.ntlive.com and click on the cinema nearest you.
NT Live is distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience: www.byexperience.net