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.
Coming in August
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Not rated (treat as R)
Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Marianne Elliot | In English
Starring Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, and Paul Ritter
170 min with intermission | Drama | 2012
About the Film
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to selected international cinemas in 2018. Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Written by Polly Stenham, after August Strindberg’s Miss Julie
Directed by Carrie Cracknell | in English
Starring Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa
120 min | Drama | 2018
About the Film
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean—which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.