Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law and More Featured in NT Live Broadcasts at the MAC

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law and More Featured in NT Live Broadcasts at the MAC

National Theatre Live broadcasts return to the McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, as part of the MAC's 2017-2018 Season.

London's National Theatre (a.k.a. Royal National Theatre) in London is one of the U.K.'s three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of "Phèdre" starring Helen Mirren. Since then, National Theatre Live has broadcast more than 40 other productions from both the National Theatre and other theaters in the U.K. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live theater audience and broadcast live via satellite to cinemas throughout the U.K., as well as many European venues.

Broadcast screenings taking place in the MAC's Belushi Performance Hall this season include the following:

"No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter, directed by Sean Mathias
starring Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart
Thursday, Sept.14, 7 p.m and Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m.

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in this rebroadcast of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land," as performed in Wyndham's Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

"Amadeus" by Peter Schaffer, directed by Michael Longhurst
starring Lucian Msamati
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Lucian Msamati (Salladhor Saan in "Game of Thrones") plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer's iconic play, encore broadcast with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, "Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Leveaux
starring Daniel Radcliffe
Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter"), Joshua McGuire ("The Hour") and David Haig ("Four Weddings and a Funeral") star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theater in London. Against the backdrop of "Hamlet," two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage. As they stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

"Obsession" adapted from the film by Luchino Visconti, directed by Ivo Van Hove
starring Jude Law
Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Cold Mountain," "The Grand Budapest Hotel") stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film, directed by acclaimed director Ivo Van Hove who also directed "A View from the Bridge" broadcast to the MAC last season, and being performed at the Chicago's Goodman Theatre Sept. 9-Oct. 15. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

"Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie, directed by Sally Cookson
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues in this wondrously inventive production, a delight for children and adults alike.

"Yerma" by Simon Stone based on the play by Federico García Lorca
Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone's radical production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theater phenomenon sold out at The Young Vic and critics call it "an extraordinary theatrical triumph" (The Times) and "stunning, searing, unmissable" (Mail on Sunday). Set in contemporary London, Billie Piper's portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call the MAC box office at 630-942-4000.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college's academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

Pictured: Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land." Photo by Johan Persson.

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