National Theatre Live—launched in 2009 by the National Theatre (London)—offers you the opportunity to experience ground-breaking theater from the best seat in the house, at a fraction of the cost. Each production is recorded live, with cameras positioned to provide the best views, and simultaneously broadcast to movie theaters around the world. Subsequently, the recording is made available for encore screenings, which are what we show at the Downing.
Scheduled for Monday, January 21
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III
Written by Alan Bennett | In English
Starring Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough
2 h 40 min | 2018
Mon 1:15 7:00
Ticket prices: General admission $12, Downing members $10
About the Film
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRATRAILER
About the Film
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
The stage at the Olivier is huge but this production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy is as big as it and as spectacular. The entire endeavour shines but it is the couple at its heart that makes the play live or die and Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are simply terrific as the lovers who tempt fate one too many times.
Dressed like a diva from the golden age of Hollywood, Okonedo revels in Cleopatra’s contradictory nature, capturing her wit and vanity, her disarming mix of regal pride and playful charm. When she flounces she’s earthy,and when she’s at her most fiery she retains a curious lightness—her paradoxical quality dazzling all around her.
Okonedo is magical in the first half, and Fiennes dominates the second. His Antony is memorably intense. He’s a soldier with a mighty reputation, who still believes that he can cut it on the battlefield, but there’s a gulf between the legend and the reality.
—The Evening Standard
I’M NOT RUNNINGTRAILER
About the Film
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing yourprivate life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.