Sharmill Films

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire


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

Screening from DECEMBER 13, 2014


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


By Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted by Bryony Lavery

Screening from February 14, 2015


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.

National Theatre Live: JOHN


A co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre

A work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson

Screening from January 17, 2015


JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16yrs+.

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre.

DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.

Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, captured live from the National Theatre.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein encore screenings


National Theatre Live’s thrilling captured live in HD screenings of Frankenstein return to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand!

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the event cinema screenings have since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people around the world.

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.

National Theatre Live: Skylight


by David Hare
Starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy
Designed by Bob Crowley
Directed by Stephen Daldry

Screening from OCTOBER 25, 2014


‘Beautifully acted by Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard’


‘Thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production’
Daily Telegraph (UK)


‘Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan are superb’
Evening Standard

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), captured live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.


Screening from OCTOBER 25, 2014

National Theatre Live: Medea


by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power
Starring Helen McCrory
Directed by Carrie Cracknell

Screening from OCTOBER 4, 2014

Helen McCrory (NT Live: The Last of the Haussmans, Harry Potter series, The Queen) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. With music by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp, and choreography by Australian dancer and choreographer Lucy Guerin.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.

It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.


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National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business


By Alan Ayckbourn
Starring Nigel Lindsay
Directed by Adam Penford

Screening from July 12, 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 21, 2014

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (NT Live: 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

Click here for participating cinemas around Australia

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)



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