We are now presenting a season of live broadcasts from The National Theatre, NT Live associated theatres, The Royal Opera House (opera and Ballet), Glynebourne and other venues. Please note that live events are received via satellite and may be susceptible to certain technical issues and atmospheric conditions beyond our control. These are quite rare and we do our best to minimise their impact on the performance.
NT Live present
Thursday 6th September 2018
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Certificate : 15
Running time: 2 hours
NT Live present
Thursday 27th September 2018
★★★★★‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Learsees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Certificate : 12A
Running time: 3 hours 40 mins
Live from the Globe Theatre
The Winters Tale
Thursday 4th October 2018
The Winter’s Tale will be broadcast LIVE to cinemas from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 7.15pm. This new production of The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare’s great play of jealousy, loss and reconciliation – is directed by the critically-acclaimed Blanche McIntyre, and stars Will Keen (The Crown, Wolf Hall) as Leontes, Priyanga Burford (W1A, Marcella) as Hermione and Annette Badland(EastEnders, Father Brown) as Old Shepherd. This special cinema event live from the atmospheric setting of the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, an open-air Elizabethan playhouse on the bank of the River Thames, will feature insightful interviews as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
The Royal Opera House presents
Monday 15th October 2018
Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet’s many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.