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National Theatre Goes To The Movies

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National Theatre Goes To The Movies#1
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:17pm
National Theatre Goes To The Movies

Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of the National Theatre has just announced that from this summer major productions at the NT will be screened live to cinemas across the UK and also to 100 selected screens across the world.
The first production to beamed to cinemas will be this years upcoming 'Phedre' with Helen Mirren.
The broadcast will be on Wed June 25th and cinemas will charge 10 admission.
The first screening is the first of 3 already planned with more to follow.
Audiences who sit in the actual auditorium the night of the broadcast will get greatly reduced tickets due to the nature of broadcasting with cameras at many different positions around the house.
Each screening will cost between 50,000 and 75,000.
The new idea is called 'NTLive'

Updated On: 1/14/09 at 12:17 PM
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#2
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:19pm
Hmm I'd go to this...
(yet another reason for wishing they would do more musicals though!)
I wonder if they will show them in more mainstream theatres or just the arty ones?
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#2
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:23pm
The Met Opera in New York has been beaming its operas across the States and Canada for some time now and to incredible business.
These screenings are not in small little fuddy duddy art house as you would expect, but in the mainstream multiplexes like AMC and Cineplex Odeon.
A friend of mine has been to a number of them and says they are amazing.
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Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:29pm
The cute little retro mildly arty theatre near me has been doing something like this with operas from London this year. I haven't been cos they were like 17.50 a ticket, whereas an under 26 ticket for Scottish Opera is only a tenner.
Though bigger cinemas seem to be getting into this sort of live event thing more and more now. I used to work in cinema and had to deal with enough McFly concert goers to last me forever, but also sports events and the like are coming in more now. All proving very popular so I can hope.
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#4
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:34pm
There will be a certain area around greater London were the screenings will not be allowed.
Expect this in major cities like manchester and Birmingham for sure.
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Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:36pm
I wonder if they're getting home video sales rights to go with the broadcasts - if so it would be a great source of additional revenue for the NT. How insane are Equity here when dealing with this sort of thing?
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#6
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:59pm
Yay, reduced tickets! Guess we all know where I'll be come 25th June. :3
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#7
Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:01pm
If theres one person I knew who would be excited bout this is you Weez!
Let us know what they plan to charge for those filming nights.
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#8
Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:10pm
'War Horse' is to be the second of the 3 productions.

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Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:13pm
Yay! More excited about that than Phedra if I'm honest re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies
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Posted: 1/14/09 at 5:29pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7829114.stm
This mentions the Picturehouse chain
(which includes the one round the road from me yay!)
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re: National Theatre Goes To The Movies#11
Posted: 1/14/09 at 8:14pm
oooooh!!!!! i hope and pray ABC 2 in australia gets these broadcasts, God knows, none of our commercial networks would bother. fingers, eyes and legs crossed.