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National Theatre Live: Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch

HAMLET

(Sonia Friedman Productions)

By William Shakespeare

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Screening from November 7, 2015

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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will screen this eagerly awaited production captured live in Australian cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

National Theatre Live: Everyman

EVERYMAN

A new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by Rufus Norris

Screening from August 8, 2015

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BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

MAN AND SUPERMAN

By Bernard Shaw

Starring Ralph Fiennes

Directed by Simon Godwin

Screening from June 27, 2015

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Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

National Theatre Live: The Hard Problem

THE HARD PROBLEM

A new play by Tom Stoppard

Starring Olivia Vinall, Damian Molony

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Screening from May 23, 2015

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★★★★★
“100 minutes of brilliant brainache.”
Daily Mail

★★★★
“Stimulating. Absorbing. A rich, ideas-packed work.”
Guardian

★★★★
“Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner.”
Evening Standard

★★★★
“Offers endless stimulation and represents…a search for absolute values and a belief in the possibility of selfless virtue.”
Guardian

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

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National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

A Young Vic Production

By Arthur Miller

Starring Mark Strong, Nicola Walker

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Screening from May 9, 2015

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★★★★★
“One of the most powerful Miller productions I have ever seen”
The Telegraph

★★★★★
“Not to be missed. Outstanding”
The Times

★★★★★
“Magnetic, Electrifying, Astonishingly Bold”
Evening Standard

★★★★★
“A forceful production of visual brilliance”
Guardian

★★★★★
“Mark Strong is astonishingly good”
Time Out London

★★★★★
“Grips like a thriller”
The Mail on Sunday

★★★★★
“Emotionally devastating. Unforgettable”
The Independent

★★★★★
“The tension never flatlines”
Sunday Times

★★★★
“Strong is outstanding as Carbone…and he is matched by an excellent cast”
Observer

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, captured live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

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National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

A new play by David Hare

Based on the book by Katherine Boo

Starring Meera Syal

Directed by Rufus Norris

Screening from April 25, 2015

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★★★★
‘A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal’
Guardian

★★★★
‘David Hare’s adaptation of Katharine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National’
Observer

★★★★
‘Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap.’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★
‘Magnificent. Rufus Norris’s production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates’
Independent

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.


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Encore screenings: Of Mice and Men from National Theatre Live


ENCORE SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED for JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015

OF MICE AND MEN

The hit Broadway production, captured live by National Theatre Live

by John Steinbeck
Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Nominated for 2 Tony Awards including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd

“A moving masterpiece”
Time Magazine

VICTORIA
Cinema Nova: Tues 27 Jan 6:30pm, Wed 28 Jan 11:30am, Sat 31 Jan 10:30am, Wed 4 Feb 6:30pm, Wed 11 Feb 6:30pm, Thurs 12 Feb 6:30pm
Palace Brighton Bay: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm

NEW SOUTH WALES
Cremorne Orpheum: Mon 9 Feb 1:00pm & 8:15pm
Dendy Opera Quays: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm
Dendy Newtown: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm
Chauvel Cinema: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Palace Verona: Check website for session times
Riverside Theatres Parramatta: Sat 31 Jan 1:00pm
Palace Byron Bay: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Empire Cinema Bowral: Friday 30 Jan 2:00pm

ACT
Dendy Canberra: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm

QUEENSLAND
Palace Centro: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Dendy Portside: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Palace Nova Eastend: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm

TASMANIA
MONA – Cinemona: Thurs 29 Jan 1:30pm, Fri 30 Jan 6:30pm, Fri 6 Feb 1:00pm

National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men

OF MICE AND MEN

The hit Broadway production, captured live by National Theatre Live

by John Steinbeck
Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Nominated for 2 Tony Awards including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd

“A moving masterpiece”
Time Magazine

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live.  This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country StrongGossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer).  The production was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd.

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National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

by Tennessee Williams
Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby
Directed by Benedict Andrews

Screening from DECEMBER 13, 2014

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The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be captured live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.

As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.


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National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

TREASURE ISLAND

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted by Bryony Lavery

Starring Arthur Darvill (BBC’s Doctor Who) and Patsy Ferran

Directed by Polly Findlay

Screening from February 14, 2015

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★★★★
‘Spectacular. Daring. Fun for all the family.’
Time Out

★★★★
‘An imaginative adaptation, which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book’
Guardian

★★★★
‘An ingenious production. Technical whizzery abounds’
Daily Mail

★★★★
‘Astonishing. A remarkable take on Stevenson’s classic. Patsy Ferran dazzles.’
Observer

★★★★
‘Witty. Playful. A richly enjoyable show.’
Financial Times

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, captured live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

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