NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE OFFERS ENCORE SCREENINGS FOR FRANKENSTEIN Starring Olivier Award Winners BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH & JONNY LEE MILLER Alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature Directed by Academy Award winner DANNY BOYLE
Due to unprecedented audience demand, NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is pleased to announce special encore screenings of The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed Olivier Award winning production ofbFRANKENSTEIN, a play by Nick Dear based on Mary Shelley’s novel. The production stars Olivier Award winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, and directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle,in select cinemas worldwide on October 27 & 29, 2014. Tickets go on sale beginning this Friday, September 12.Dates vary at venues internationally and further screenings will follow.
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. In this new adaptation, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. National Theatre Live filmed FRANKENSTEIN twice so audiences could experience Cumberbatch and Miller in each role.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller shared both the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for their respective performances. The production won Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best Actor (Cumberbatch) and Best Design (Mark Tildesley). Danny Boyle received the What’s on Stage Award for Best Director.
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. A sneak peek of the production can be seen HERE.
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Now celebrating its 6th year broadcasting live performances to cinema screens internationally, National Theatre Live has now been experienced by over 3 million people worldwide. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts have included the award-winning original West End production of War Horse, NT’s 50th anniversary celebration Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare’s Othello, Shakespeare’sMacbeth with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston and the record-breaking and award winning production of The Audience starring Helen Mirren as The Queen. For more information, visit www.NTLive.com.
ALL UPCOMING BROADCASTS
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams
- Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby; directed by Benedict Andrews
- Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities).
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is National Theatre Live’s first collaboration with the Young Vic Theatre. A Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production.
- Summary: The profound and lyrical plays of Tennessee Williams had an immeasurable effect on American theatre; A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is one of the most influential of all. As Blanche DuBois’ 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.
SKYLIGHT by David Hare
- Starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, Golden Globe Award winner Bill Nighy andMatthew Beard
- Directed by Stephen Daldry
- Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities). Venues announced soon.
- Summary: On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (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.
OF MICE & MEN by John Steinbeck
- Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, and directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro
- Broadcast date to cinemas to be announced
- Of Mice and Men was the first Broadway show filmed by National Theatre Live.
- Summary: Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O’Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.
JOHN by Lloyd Newson
- Conceived and Directed by Lloyd Newson
- Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities). The production opens at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on October 30, 2014.
- Summary: JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson 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. JOHNauthentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word. Please note: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for ages 18 years +.
TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson with a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery
- Directed by Polly Findlay
- Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, January 22, 2015 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities).
- Summary: 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. Please note: TREASURE ISLAND is suitable for ages 10 years +.
Encore screenings are now ongoing for some of National Theatre Live’s most acclaimed recent productions. Encore dates and cinema locations are added frequently. Current encores running in the US include:
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – the Olivier Award winning theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel
- King Lear – starring Simon Russell Beale; directed by Sam Mendes
- Medea by Euripides in a new version Ben Power and starring Olivier Award nominee Helen McCrory
- A Small Family Business – by Alan Ayckbourn
- War Horse – the award-winning original West End production
For listings and to learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.ntlive.com.
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