NT Live to Air International Broadcasts of JOHN and TREASURE ISLAND This Winter

NT Live to Air International Broadcasts of JOHN and TREASURE ISLAND This Winter

Celebrating its 5th year bringing live theatre to cinema audiences around the world, NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is proud to present two upcoming titles, broadcast to cinemas internationally.


JOHN, a co-production between the National Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, will be 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.

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. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word.

The creative associate is Hannes Langolf, with set design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Richard Godin and sound by Gareth Fry. The performers are Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood and Andi Xhuma.

JOHN is co-produced by the National Theatre, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d'Automne Paris, Dansens Hus Stockholm and Dansens Hus Oslo and DV8 Physical Theatre.

DV8 Physical Theatre return to the National following their acclaimed productions To Be Straight With You, Can We Talk About This? and Just for Show. DV8 have made 18 works and won many awards since their inception in 1986, including a Grand Prix de Danse, an International Emmy for Performing Arts, a Rose d'Or and three Prix Italia.

Please note: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for ages 18 years +.


The National Theatre's production will be broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, January 22, 2015 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities).

This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson's story of murder, money and mutiny, TREASURE ISLAND, will be brought to life on the Olivier stage in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. The production will be directed by Polly Findlay and designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting design by Bruno Poet, fight direction by Bret Yount, music and sound by Dan Jones and songs by John Tams. The cast includes Patsy Ferran as Jim. The production opens at the National's Olivier Theatre on December 10, 2014.

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 +.

About NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Now celebrating its 5th 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, Benedict Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle, Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare's Othello, Shakespeare's Macbeth 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.


MEDEA by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power

· Starring Olivier Award nominee Helen McCrory

· Directed by Carrie Cracknell

· Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, September 4, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities).

· Summary: Terrible things breed in broken hearts. 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. Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

SKYLIGHT by David Hare

· Starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, Golden Globe Award winner Bill Nighy and Matthew 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.

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:

· A Small Family Business - by Alan Ayckbourn

· King Lear - starring Simon Russell Beale; directed by Sam Mendes

· War Horse - the award-winning original West End production

· The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - the Olivier Award winning theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon's award-winning novel

· Frankenstein - starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller; directed by Danny Boyle

For listings and to learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.ntlive.com.

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