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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

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Production Images: Johan Persson

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare.  Filmed 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. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production.

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. Continue reading ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

NT LIVE: THE AUDIENCE (ENCORE SCREENINGS July 2015)

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“If you want to know how it is that the monarchy in this country has survived as long as it has – don’t look to its monarchs. Look to its prime ministers.” THE AUDIENCE

They don’t get much better than this. Along with most of my colleagues I am searching for superlatives to describe THE AUDIENCE, filmed at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Continue reading NT LIVE: THE AUDIENCE (ENCORE SCREENINGS July 2015)

NT Live: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (ENCORE SCREENINGS May 2014)

Lynn's reviewThe National Theatre Live program, is a groundbreaking initiative to capture and broadcast live theatre performances from Britain’s stages to cinemas worldwide. The highly anticipated first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. In 2014 there are now 1,100 screens around the world.

The 2003 award-winning, children’s mystery novel written by Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” revolves around Christopher, a fifteen year old boy, an intriguing but impatient genius who cannot bear to be touched, that has Behavioural Problems similar to high-functioning Aspergers Syndrome, who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties”.

This stage version provides spectacular and innovative storytelling, as adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse), and was designed to be performed on a small traverse stage, with the audience on all sides, and has a memorable musical score, that is perfectly suited to the narrative.

Christopher has an extraordinary brain, and whilst he is exceptional at maths, he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Because Christopher falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he becomes a private detective, to solve the mystery of the murder, by writing everything into his case book. However his detective work is forbidden by his dad. We become part of the internalised world of this very isolated boy, and we follow his forbidden detective work during  his journey to discover the whole truth; however Christopher manages to uncover secrets about his parents’ marriage and the community at large.

Luke Treadaway’s phenomenal performance as Christopher, especially when trying to navigate the sensory (visual and audible) overload of travelling on the London Underground, unassisted and for the first time, in its overcrowded peak-hour state, is just one of the many memorable visual experiences seen during the delightful and very visceral play. The play clearly shows that for children when alone, the world is actually a surreal and frightening place, and beautiful too. The imaginative adaptation of the book with its unique staging and memorable design is startling and original, and once seen is never forgotten.

Sean Gleason shines as his often anguished dad, and Niamh Cusack is perfect as his kindly teacher, plus comic and very talented supporting performances from the huge cast in multiple roles. The play was the winner of seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

National Theatre Live – Season Four (2012-2013), and first broadcast from 6th October 2012.

From 24th May 2014, there will be only three Premium Special Event Cinema encore screenings of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME  at 1:00pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne .

Running time – 177 minutes including one interval.

http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/?page_id=2197

Please note that a  2 disc DVD set of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations is now available to import from the United Kingdom. Please check their official website for more details.

NT Live: KING LEAR

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Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the Olivier Theatre’s grand thrust stage at the National Theatre, to direct the two-time Olivier Award winner, Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s dark tragedy about the last days of a mad dictator. This cosmic story of ancient Britons, is attached to a framework that unashamedly provides the audience with a very violent and brutal modern dress production, that unexpectedly contained full frontal male nudity.

‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes’s highly-anticipated return to the NT, is with Simon Russell Beale’s ‘extraordinary’ KING LEAR. Feeling his years, the weary KING LEAR (Simon Russell Beale) plans to divide his realm between his three daughters, entirely in his own self-interest, and tells them that just the one who declares the greatest love for him, will win the lion’s share. Goneril (Kate Fleetwood) and Regan (Anna Maxwell Martin) bravely attempt to outdo one another with extravagant praise. However his favourite (the youngest daughter), is disgusted by their behaviour, so Cordelia (Olivia Vinall), refuses to say anything.

KING LEAR is typically chosen as a leading actor’s eventual end-of-career final date with destiny as a role for far into the future, as this is the one gigantic character role, that a great actor may aspire to play eventually. Simon Russell Beale decided to finally made the role his own, after his 53rd birthday. Fortunately, Simon Russell Beale is NOT leading man material, and has always chosen those roles that are character-driven, plus this actor has that wonderful and very chameleon-like ability to transcend his own distinctive physicality to totally transform himself during the play; starting as a the most powerful man in the kingdom, who seems to shrink visibly after interval, with his growing grief and his growing madness from the death of his three daughters.

Approximate running time – 3hrs 25mins including interval.

National Theatre Live – Season Five (2013-2014)

In selected cinemas from 21st June 2014.   There will be only three Premium Special Event Cinema Screenings of KING LEAR  at 1:00pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne .

http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/?page_id=2197

 

Please note that a  2 disc DVD set of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations is now available to direct import from the United Kingdom. Please check their official website for more details.

 

Download and read   THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR   the full (1605) script   – – –   http://shakespeare.mit.edu/lear/full.html   – – –

 

NT Live: THE AUDIENCE

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Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth) and Edward Fox (Winston Churchill). Pic Dave Benett

“If you want to know how it is that the monarchy in this country has survived as long as it has – don’t look to its monarchs. Look to its prime ministers.” THE AUDIENCE

They don’t get much better than this. Along with most of my colleagues I am searching for superlatives to describe THE AUDIENCE, filmed at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Continue reading NT Live: THE AUDIENCE