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HAMLET, FELA! And More Set For National Theatre's 2nd NT Live Season

By: Jun. 28, 2010
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The National Theatre is delighted to announce show titles for the second season of National Theatre Live (NT LIVE), a successful new initiative to broadcast live performances from the National's stages to cinemas worldwide. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phedre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. NT Live's season two will launch in Fall 2010.

"We couldn't have foreseen that the experimental NT Live season would be such a hit with audiences around the world, who are hungry to see our work in their local cinema", says Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre. "We're delighted that we can confidently build on its success with a second season of broadcasts."

Season two titles include: Hamlet, Frankenstein, Fela!, The Cherry Orchard and A Disappearing Number. Exhibition dates and cinema locations will be announced later this summer. All live performances will be broadcast from the National Theatre, except for the October 14th performance from the Plymouth Theatre Royal, marking the first time an NT Live performance will originate outside London.

October 14, 2010
Complicite's A DISAPPEARING NUMBER, directed by Simon McBurney. Awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2008), the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2007) and The Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play (2007).

December 9, 2010
Shakespeare's HAMLET, directed by Nicholas Hytner, featuring cast Rory Kinnear in the title role, David Calder as Polonius, Clare Higgins as Gertrude, Patrick Malahide as Claudius and Ruth Negga as Ophelia.

January 13, 2011
Currently playing on Broadway, the Tony winning musical FELA! comes to the National with Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Anikulpao-Kuti.

March 17, 2011
Danny Boyle's production of FRANKENSTEIN, a play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.

Spring 2011
Also in the new season will be Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, directed by NT Associate Director Howard Davies, whose recent productions of Russian plays (including Philistines, Burnt by the Sun and The White Guard) have earned huge critical acclaim. Zoë Wanamaker will play Madame Ranevskaya.

Tickets will be on sale in Summer 2010. To learn more, visit

NT Live is distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience:


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