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.
Thursday, May 31
Directed by Rufus Norris | In English
Written by William Shakespeare
Starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff
Drama | 2018
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm
About the Film
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), sees Rory Kinnear (Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Scheduled for June 18
Directed by Simon Stone
Written by Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca
Starring Billie Piper and Brendan Cowell
Drama | 2017
About the Film
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Olivier Award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties struggling to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it “shatteringly powerful” (Independent) and “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” (The Times).
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Not rated (treat as R)
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.