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National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business


By Alan Ayckbourn
Starring Nigel Lindsay
Directed by Adam Penford

Screening from July 2014

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

National Theatre Live Encores: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

National Theatre Live: Encores
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Starring Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Nicola Walker, Paul Ritter, Una Stubbs

Directed by Marianne Elliot

Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play


Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas from 24 May.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.


National Theatre Live: King Lear


By William Shakespeare
Starring Simon Russell Beale
Directed by Sam Mendes

Screening from JUNE 2014

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

National Theatre Live: National Theatre’s War Horse

National Theatre Live:
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford
Captured live in HD from London’s West End

Screening from March 8, 2014

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The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, captured live in HD from London’s West End to cinemas.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this landmark production in a cinema near you.


Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, Time Out, The Times

‘The theatre event of the decade.’ Sunday Times

‘A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!’ Time Magazine

‘Theatrical magic.’ New York Times

‘Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production’ Daily Telegraph (UK)




Cinema Nova – Carlton

Palace Cinema Como
Palace Dendy Brighton
Sun Theatre – Yarraville
Rosebud Cinemas
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Her Majesty’s Theatre – Ballarat
Deakin Cinemas – Mildura
Wangaratta Cinemas
The Memo and Upper Yarra Arts Centre

Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
Dendy Newtown
Hayden Orpheum – Cremorne
Chauvel Cinemas – Paddington
Riverside Theatres – Parramatta
Palace Byron Bay
Empire Cinemas – Bowral
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Belgrave Cinemas – Armidale
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Arcadia Twin – Ulladulla
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Inlet Cinema – Sussex
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Picture Show Man Cinema – Merimbula
Manning Entertainment Centre – Taree

Dendy Canberra

Palace Barracks – Brisbane
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Pilbeam Theatre – Rockhampton
Noosa Arts Centre (Breath of Fresh Air)

Palace Nova Eastend – Adelaide
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Whyalla Cinema & Middleback Theatre
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Northern Festival Centre
Chaffey Theatre
Statewide Cinema – Moonta & Kadina

Luna Cinemas – Leederville
Luna on SX – Fremantle
Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Mosman Park

MONA Museum of Old & New Art – Hobart
CMAX Devonport

Alice Springs Cinemas

National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast live from London to cinemas around the world.

A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed by the National Theatre’s current Director Nicholas Hytner, including award-winning actors Roger AllamSimon Russell BealeBenedict CumberbatchFrances de la TourJudi DenchChristopher EcclestonRalph FiennesMichael GambonDerek JacobiAlex JenningsRory KinnearAdrian LesterAnna Maxwell MartinHelen MirrenAndrew ScottMaggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, with more to be announced.

Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to a cinema near you.



National Theatre Live Encores: Hamlet


By William Shakespeare

Starring Rory Kinnear

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Screening from November 30


National Theatre Live’s 2010 production of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in Burnt by the SunThe Revenger’s TragedyPhilistines and The Man of Mode, Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia).

WINNER – Rory Kinnear Best Actor, Evening Standard Awards 2010

The Times

Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent

‘Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb in its resonance and intelligence. This is a Hamlet for now.’ The Times

‘Rory Kinnear excels. An evening to admire and cherish.’ Guardian

‘A chilling production that demands to be seen.’ Independent

‘A constantly compelling, fresh-minted production with many insights and original twists… Rory Kinnear proves a Hamlet of great individuality and distinction.’ Daily Telegraph



National Theatre Live Encores: Frankenstein


A new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller

Directed by Danny Boyle

Screening from November 23


National Theatre Live’s 2011 production of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

The Times

Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Time Out

‘A theatrical coup.’ The Times

‘A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.’ Daily Telegraph

‘The actors complement each other perfectly.’ Guardian

‘A monster hit.’ Time Out

‘A memorable production… will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.’ Daily Mail



National Theatre Live Encores: The Habit of Art


By Alan Bennett

Starring Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Screening from November 9


National Theatre Live’s 2010 production of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with the late Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, 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.

Daily Telegraph, Independent


‘Another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Bennett the maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece.’ Independent

‘A superbly fluid production by Nicholas Hytner and beautifully acted.’ Guardian


National Theatre Live: Coriolanus


By William Shakespeare
From the Donmar Warehouse
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss
Directed by Josie Rourke

Screening from 22 February, 2014

National Theatre Live will screen the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s  Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.




National Theatre Live: Macbeth


By William Shakespeare
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston
Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh

Screening from November  2

National Theatre Live will screen Manchester International Festival’s production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.

Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times

Guardian, The Times

A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals. Daily Telegraph

Kenneth Branagh is magnificent, words pour out of him.” Daily Mail

The large cast is superb and the pace never flags. A truly immersive experience.” Financial Times

An exciting production that shows why Branagh is such a fine Shakespearean actor.” Guardian

A naturalistic Macbeth.” The Times