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 October 7

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
3 h 51 min with two intermissions | 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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This genuinely epic production out of London, directed with surging sweep and fine-tooled precision by Sam Mendes, charts the history of the financial institution that would come to be known as Lehman Brothers, from its humble origins to its epical implosion, over a span of three centuries and many generations.

…The real magic of The Lehman Trilogy has nothing to do with numbers. It’s the miracle of three men, on a nearly naked stage, resurrecting vanished lives and worlds, leaving an oddly indelible afterglow in that final fade into darkness.

—Ben Brantley, New York Times


Scheduled for October 21

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Starring James Corden

About the Film

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

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Coming in November

FLEABAG

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed by Vicky Jones | In English
80 min | 2019

About the Film

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

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Scheduled for December 2

PRESENT LAUGHTER

Written by Noël Coward | Directed by Matthew Warchus | In English
Starring Andrew Scott

About the Film

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

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