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National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

From 9 April 2016

Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas – broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire).

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

National Theatre Live: As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Polly Findlay

Screening from March 19, 2016

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.

There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre


By Charlotte Brontë

Directed by Sally Cookson

Screening from February 13, 2016

The acclaimed re-imagining of Bronte’s masterpiece was first staged by the Bristol Old Vic. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

National Theatre Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem

★★★★ “Exuberant. Deliciously modern.” Time Out
★★★★ “Exhilarating.” Guardian
★★★★ “Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining” Observer


By George Farquhar

Starring Samuel Barnett, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Susannah Fielding

Directed by Simon Godwin

Screening from October 10, 2015


‘Fresh and assured. This Restoration comedy has japes aplenty.
Winning performances from Susannah Fielding and Geoffrey Streatfeild.’
Evening Standard

‘Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun.’
Time Out

‘An English comedy that moves from Restoration mode into a new age, and Simon Godwin and his cast work it beautifully. Samuel Barnett is perfectly cast as Aimwell.’
Financial Times

‘Exhilarating. Simon Godwin’s production maintains a perfect balance between serious comment and exuberant fun.’

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash.

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell (Samuel Barnett, The History Boys) and Mr Archer (Geoffrey Streatfeild), two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Mrs Sullen (Susannah Fielding) they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.



National Theatre Live: The Audience (encore)


A new play by Peter Morgan

Starring Helen Mirren
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Screening from July 18, 2015


‘Helen Mirren is smashing. Her Majesty will see you now.’
New York Times

Winner of two Tony Awards® including Best Actress, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award® win for the same role The Queen. Encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

The Audience has won two 2015 Tony Award® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and was nominated for Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), 4 Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and 2 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Encore screenings feature a live performance recorded during the original run of the production in London’s West End in 2013, and feature the original West End cast.



National Theatre Live: Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch


(Sonia Friedman Productions)

By William Shakespeare

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Screening from November 7, 2015


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.


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National Theatre Live: Everyman


A new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by Rufus Norris

Screening from August 8, 2015


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


By Bernard Shaw

Starring Ralph Fiennes

Directed by Simon Godwin

Screening from June 27, 2015


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


A new play by Tom Stoppard

Starring Olivia Vinall, Damian Molony

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Screening from May 23, 2015


“100 minutes of brilliant brainache.”
Daily Mail

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

“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.”

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.


National Theatre Live: 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


“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”

“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”

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.