National Theatre Live

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. The productions are recorded live, with cameras positioned to provide the best views, and simultaneously broadcast to movie theaters around the world. Subsequently, the recordings are made available for encore screenings, which we show at the Downing.


Scheduled for June 24

ALL ABOUT EVE

Not Rated (treat as PG13)
Adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove | In English
Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James
165 min | Drama | 2019
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About the Film

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

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THE AUDIENCE

Not Rated (treat as PG)
Written by Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry | In English
Starring Helen Mirren
180 min | Drama | 2009
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About the Film

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award-winning production of The Audience.

Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

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SMALL ISLAND

Not Rated (treat as R due to strong language and disturbing themes)
Adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel by Andrea Levy
170 min | Drama | 2019
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About the Film

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948—the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. 

The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

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42ND STREET

Not Rated (treat as PG)
Directed by Mark Bramble | In English
155 min (including intermission) | Musical | 2019

About the Film

One of Broadway’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical. The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found—someone like Peggy Sawyer!

Filmed in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble. This eye-watering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards…, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

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THE LEHMAN TRILOGY


Not Rated (treat as PG13)
Directed by Sam Mendes | In English
Written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles
240 min | Drama | 2019

About the Film

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (SkyfallThe Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins.

163 years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

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