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Phèdre starring Helen Mirren broadcast Sep 23 by National Theatre Live

UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE

Venues announced for:

National Theatre Live’s special encore broadcast of

PHÈDRE

Starring Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren

The broadcasts are shown on screens across New York City and throughout the U.S., beginning Thursday, September 23, 2010.

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Donmar’s KING LEAR to be broadcast by NT Live

DONMAR WAREHOUSE ANNOUNCES FUTURE LIFE FOR MICHAEL GRANDAGE’S PRODUCTION OF KING LEAR

  • EIGHT WEEK NATIONAL TOUR

  • INTERNATIONAL SCREENING – IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE – KING LEAR WILL BE SCREENED IN OVER 300 CINEMAS WORLDWIDE

FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED

As The Prince of Homburg opens at the Donmar, Michael Grandage, the company’s Artistic Director announces a major expansion to the run of his forthcoming production of King Lear, which will see the company tour nationally, and will be broadcast to over 22 countries worldwide in collaboration with National Theatre Live.

The production will embark on an eight week national tour following performances at the Donmar. This increases the company’s UK touring programme which in previous years has visited three English venues and sees the Donmar engage with more regional venues than ever before throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

As the Donmar expands its digital and broadcast output to create a platform to enable the public greater access to the company’s work, it will screen King Lear on 3rd February 2011 as part of National Theatre Live. Responding to the constantly evolving and exciting changes within the theatre community, the Donmar is proud to partner with the National Theatre and give a potentially vast international audience an opportunity to engage with its work.

The Donmar continues its education work with the schools matinee programme and a project which rolls out nationwide to complement the company’s touring work.

Artistic Director Michael Grandage said today, “This initiative is born of a desire to share our work with as many people as possible. I believe Derek Jacobi’s King Lear will be an event that deserves to be seen beyond the Donmar Warehouse and I’m delighted we are expanding our UK touring programme, as well as going out live to over 300 cinemas worldwide. It means a Donmar production featuring one of our finest Shakespearean actors will be available to more people than we could ever hold in our Covent Garden home.

“I am proud to be teaming up with the National Theatre to broadcast King Lear and excited by the opportunities that it will present to us. It is important for us create long term partnerships and shared goals in the coming years and the announcement to expand our digital output  demonstrates the Donmar’s commitment to the changing times that lie ahead.”

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A DISAPPEARING NUMBER to return via NT Live on October 14

Did you miss Complicite’s acclaimed production of A DISAPPERARING NUMBER at Lincoln Center Festival this weekend?

Fear not, on October 14, 2010 the National Theatre’s NT Live will kick off Season Two with a live broadcast of A Disappearing Number from the stage of the Plymouth Theatre Royal.

NT Live will broadcast A Disappearing Number, directed by Simon McBurney, to cinemas across the globe.  A Disappearing Number has received the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2008), the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2007) and The Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play (2007).

NY Times Charles Isherwood says A Disappearing Number is “A scintillating & mesmerizing drama with an excellent acting ensemble.  Beautiful Theater.”  Full review:  NewYorkTimes

For more information visit www.ntlive.com.

NT Live Featured in LA Times Critic Notebook

LOS ANGELES TIMES

June 2, 2010

Critic’s notebook: National Theatre’s NT Live season screens big

The London company’s initiative to broadcast plays to cinemas worldwide seems to be a smashing success to a small group of fans in L.A.

By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic

Late spring, give or take a couple of weeks, traditionally marks the end of the theater season. And while taking stock of the last year, I’d like to make note of a group of plays I caught in Hollywood — Helen Mirren in “Phèdre,” Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour in the world premiere production of Alan Bennett’s “The Habit of Art” and, on Monday night in the program’s ecstatic capper, Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in a revival of Dion Boucicault’s ” London Assurance.”

Haven’t heard about these offerings? Well, they were all at Mann Chinese 6. Yes, that Mann Chinese 6 — where “Iron Man 2” and “Shrek Forever After” are the big draw and the escalator ride from the parking structure to the mall seems designed to test one’s junk food restraint. (Exercise some willpower, however, and each theatrical outing will set you back only about $20, plus parking.)

Although NT Live’s recently concluded inaugural season hasn’t made much of a blip on the cultural radar screen, I’d have to call this initiative of London’s National Theatre to broadcast performances of plays to cinemas across the globe a smashing success. I missed the showings of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and Terry Pratchett’s “Nation,” but the Bennett and Boucicault were thoroughly enjoyable — and best of all, they spared me a costly transatlantic pilgrimage, something I had been impractically considering ever since reading about these mouth-watering openings.

Whenever I attend an NT Live event, I have the sensation of being part of a secret society. Curious about my fellow audience members, I asked a few how they heard about “London Assurance.” One small circle of friends was organized by an Englishwoman who keeps up with National Theatre doings. Another group said it had entered the NT Live loop through the Met: Live in HD circuit.

Most of the people I canvassed mentioned e-mail alerts (which you can sign up for on the National Theatre’s NT Live home page: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntlive. And no one seemed too keen for the word to get out, an attitude akin to foodies who have discovered a little place they’d rather not see invaded by the Zagat tribes.

Theater on film is usually a neutered experience. The “liveness” of the stage — the palpable connection between actors and audience — is integral to its power. Technology, however, has improved matters, as the Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition satellite broadcasts have shown over the last few years. And NT Live has been exploiting these advances to approximate as closely as possible the theatergoing experience.

The grounds of the National Theatre complex are surveyed to give you a feel of the place (yes, branding is central to the mission). Cameras capture the rustling anticipation of the audience, and a brief interview with artistic director Nicholas Hytner helps set the work into context. During a 20-minute intermission, images from inside and outside the London theater stream across the screen. And at the end, different views of the curtain call allow you to vicariously enjoy the rush of adulation enveloping the cast.

The linchpin of NT Live’s effectiveness, however, is the fleet camerawork that usefully changes perspective. The productions never seem flat or static. (Depth perception is strategically employed.) Sets circulate, and as they roll in, the theatrical simultaneity of fiction and fiction-making is magically preserved.

The sophistication of the presentation — offered in a delayed exhibition in Los Angeles, which is too many time zones away to make “live” desirable — has resulted in one big surprise. I expected contemporary realism to dominate, but the works have been highly theatrical in ways that aren’t what you’d encounter even in the more adventurous reaches of PBS or premium cable.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-mcnulty-nt-notebook-20100702,0,1339614.story

NT Live’s Broadcast of London Assurance in the News

NT Live’s broadcast of LONDON ASSURANCE in the news

Read more about the National’s hit comedy coming to cinemas across the world on

Monday, June 28

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Boucicault’s brilliantly funny comedy LONDON ASSURANCE, starring Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in Nicholas Hytner’s sell-out hit production will be filmed live at the National Theatre in London on Monday, June 28th and broadcast by satellite to cinemas worldwide. NT Live performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 330 cinemas and performing arts centres around the world. London Assurance is the final play in the pilot season of NT Live, following the hugely successful broadcasts of Phèdre, All’s Well That Ends Well, Nation & The Habit of Art.

In the New York City area, screenings can be seen at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts/NYU, Fairfield University (CT), Monmouth University (NJ) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC).  Screenings can be seen on dozens of screens across the United States including Washington D.C., Hollywood, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Boston, MA, Daytona Beach, FL, Amherst, MA, St. Louis, MI, Allentown, PA, Middlebury, VT, Newport, OR, Berkley, CA and many more.

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  www.ntlive.com

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

ABOUT LONDON ASSURANCE:

Dion Boucicault, the Irish genius of London theatre in the age of Dickens, wrote the brilliantly funny London Assurance in 1841 and created – in Sir Harcourt and Lady Spanker – two of the greatest comic roles of the English stage, played now at the National Theatre by Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw. Sir Harcourt Courtly is lured away from the epicentre of fashionable London by the promise of a rich and beautiful bride, Grace, several decades his junior. Arriving at Oak Hall, Gloucestershire, he marvels at this rural Venus until her charms are eclipsed by her hearty cousin, the foxhunting Lady Gay Spanker. Meanwhile Sir Harcourt’s disguised son turns up in flight from his creditors and falls head over heels for Grace. When Lady Spanker discovers the young couple, she needs little prompting to lead Sir Harcourt astray.

NT Live is distributed by BY Experience, Inc. NT Live is funded in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA, and supported internationally by Travelex.

www.ntlive.com

NT Live to broadcast Alan Bennett’s THE HABIT OF ART, April 22

UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE

To conclude successful pilot season of NT Live with broadcast of the premiere production of Alan Bennett’s
THE HABIT OF ART
Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Beginning April 22, broadcasts of the live performance will be shown on screens across New York City and throughout the U.S.  

“Wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.” – Daily Telegraph
          
WHAT:
         
Tony & Oliver award winning playwright Alan Bennett’s highly acclaimed new play THE HABIT OF ART, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be filmed live at the National Theatre in London on Thursday, April 22nd and broadcast by satellite to cinemas worldwide. NT Live performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 330 cinemas and performing arts centers around the world. THE HABIT OF ART is the final play in the pilot season of NT Live, following the hugely successful broadcasts of Phèdre, All’s Well That Ends Well and Nation.

WHERE:        
In the New York City area, screenings can be seen at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cinema Arts Centre, City Cinema 123, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts/NYU, Fairfield University (CT), Monmouth University (NJ) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC).
 
Screenings can be seen on dozens of screens across the United States including Washington D.C., Hollywood, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Daytona Beach, FL, Amherst, MA, St. Louis, MI, Reading, PA, Middlebury, VT, Brooklyn, NY, Newport, OR, Berkley, CA and many more.

WHEN:
Broadcasts begin on Thursday, April 22nd at sites across the country. For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  www.ntlive.com <file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\lmorrison\Local%20Settings\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\OLK18F\www.ntlive.com>  
 
TICKETS:      
Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.
 
ABOUT THE HABIT OF ART:
The Habit of Art
is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men – Benjamin Britten and W H Auden – and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.  The cast is led by Tony Award winner Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough and Tony Award winner Frances de la Tour.

MORE:          
NT Live is supported internationally by Travelex and distributed by BY Experience, Inc. NT Live is funded in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA, and supported internationally by Travelex.
NT Live is supported by The Northern Rock Foundation.

http://www.ntlive.com 

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