National Theatre Live to Broadcast 50 YEARS ON STAGE in Cinemas on 11/2
National Theatre LIVE has just announced a live broadcast of The National Theatre of Great Britain's 50th anniversary celebration "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage," to cinemas around the world. From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on their stages over the past five decades and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The celebration will be broadcast to cinemas internationally and in the UK on BBC Two on Saturday, November 2, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities).
From its early golden period under the leadership of Laurence Olivier at The Old Vic Theatre to its now iconic building in the heart of London, The National Theatre has been home to Britain's finest theatrical talent, premiering works by renowned writers such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett and David Hare, and staging celebrated performances by Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and the rising stars of today.
The cast for the celebration includes Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale, Tony and Olivier Award winner Frances de la Tour, Tony and Academy Award winner Judi Dench, Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes, Olivier Award winner Michael Gambon, Tony and Olivier Award winner Derek Jacobi, Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings, Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear, Olivier Award winnerAdrian Lester, BAFTA award winner Anna Maxwell Martin, Olivier Award winner AnDrew Scott, Academy, Tony & Olivier Award winner Maggie Smith, Olivier Award nominee Penelope Wilton, with more to be announced.
The next National Theatre Live broadcast will be the premiere of Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed National Theatre production of Shakespeare'sOthello, with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago, broadcast to cinemas and performing arts venues around the world from the National's Olivier Theatre on September 26, 2013 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities). Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favour of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. The Times of London called the production "A breathtaking show of emotional firepower. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear are superb." And, The Telegraph said Othello is "Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt. A gripping production of a tragedy which is also an intensely painful psychological thriller."