Live Broadcasts

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.

NTLive present a live broadcast of

The Tragedy of King Richard II

 

Tuesday 15th January 2019

King: The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth. King of the castle: A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II in this visceral new production about the limits of power. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hellat the National Theatre.

 

The Royal Opera House present a live broadcast of

Queen of Spades

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

King: The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth.

King of the castle: A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II in this visceral new production about the limits of power.

It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hellat the National Theatre.

 

The Royal Opera House present a live recording of

La Traviata

Thursday 31st January 2019

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life

 

NTLive present a live recording of

I’m Not Running

Thursday 14th February 2019

I’m Not Running is an explosive new political drama exploring personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours, NT Live: Skylight). The cast includes Siân Brooke (Sherlock, Doctor Foster), Joshua McGuire (NT Live: Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, About Time) and Alex Hassell (Grantchester, The Miniaturist). Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the NHS, to becoming an independent MP. In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party. As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision…