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Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her London West End debut in the UK premiere of Australian Playwright, Suzie Miller’s AWGIE 2020 award-winning play PRIMA FACIE. The events occurring in this play are fictional, but are based on real events, and concern consent and sexual assault, when examined in front of a judge and a jury of twelve. An essential and necessary, full and complete cross-examination of the severe problems with our Legal System, where justice becomes injustice, with legal truth versus actual truth.

Only consent is consent, and consent can be withdrawn at any time. When you repeatedly say NO, the Legal System clearly understands that you repeatedly said YES.

Tessa has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game, and is a young and brilliant barrister, equally when defending or cross examining it all, as the rules of the game are only about winning despite the Police Evidence. An unexpected event makes her become the victim of sexual assault, and watch exactly where the patriarchal power of the law, the burden of proof, the balance of probabilities, and morals diverge. Continue reading PRIMA FACIE NTlive – NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE 2022 –


From Thursday 2 April 2020  a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free.

The first will be Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden. All the productions will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7.00pm GMT UK time and will then be available on demand for seven days on the NT Live’s YouTube channel.           Continue reading NTLIVE GOES FREE ON YOUTUBE

FLEABAG – Phoebe Waller-Bridge (NTlive) National Theatre Live 2019

FLEABAG involves the events/lifestyle of the owner of a guinea pig themed restaurant in London, located on the Northern Line. After her friend BOO died, the restaurant is solely owned and operated by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Pure British comedy delight, equally blunt and abrupt, scene after scene, repeatedly delivered with very strong coarse language. Created, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. 

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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 .



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   – – –



Rory Kinnear as Iago and Adrian Lester as Othello in Nicholas Hytner's bold take on OTHELLO
Rory Kinnear as Iago and Adrian Lester as Othello in Nicholas Hytner’s bold take on OTHELLO

This most excellent, enthralling, powerful version of Othello by the National Theatre (NT) is superb. Part of the NT Live series celebrating 50 years of the National Theatre in London this production is bleak, brutal and shattering. Under Nicholas Hytner’s stunning, sharp direction the play has been updated to the present and the play reset to two main locations, a large city corporate office and an army barracks. In this version the usual idea that this Shakespeare’s play is dominated by racism is glossed over, rather Hytner heavily concentrates instead on military details and hidden ironies.

The set design has wonderful, coldly effective sliding platforms/doors to frame various scenes, a violent arena in which even the scene changes have an aggressive feel. The harsh flood lit sets of concrete and barbed wire slide out from the back of the stage, moving towards the audience like tanks. Staccato bursts of music pump them along, pushing one scene into the next with the sliding/revolving. Helicopters whirr overhead. So central did Hytner consider the military context that he hired Jonathan Shaw, who served in the army for more than 30 years, as an adviser.

Hytner is blessed with a tremendous cast especially in the two very strong male leads of Othello and Iago.

Adrian Lester gives a towering, magnificent performance as a splendid Othello. Lester was last seen at the National in the title role of Nicholas Hytner’s production of “Henry V.” His screen work includes five series of the BBC’s “Hustle.” His theatre work also includes “Red Velvet” (2012 Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Company” (Olivier Award), the title role in Peter Brook’s production of “Hamlet” and Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl’s “As You Like It.” . At the beginning he is a well loved top general , a great  military man. We see how his trust, and being caught in Iago’s devilish web of machinations, represents his downfall .Charismatic and dignified his speech, his first entrance is sunny and orotund. Men would follow him with his golden voice anywhere.

As he murders Desdemona and suicides his eloquence is marvellous and almost terrifying .His jealousy is so intense it makes him vomit. When he succumbs to jealousy he seethes with the sort of fury that causes him to flip a table with a single flick of his wrist…punch holes in the wall.

Rory Kinnear as ‘honest’ Iago is also superb, giving a cold, malevolent performance as Othello’s nemesis . Kinnear’s film and TV work includes “Southcliffe,” “Black Mirror: The National Anthem,” and “Skyfall, Quantum of Solace.” His work for the National includes “The Last of the Haussmans” with Julie Walters and the title role in “Hamlet” (Evening Standard Best Actor Award), both of which were broadcast by National Theatre Live.

Kinnear’s Iago is ambitious and manipulative with a deadly ,cynical intelligence wearing a false, charming social mask until just before the very end. Kinnear surprises by shocking the audience into laughing at his bitter ingenuity, rather like Richard 111 ,with the monologues drawing us in with even great clarity .Iago air-punches and victory dances when he gets one up on the object of his scorn and hate, plants his feet aggressively apart and helps himself to the water he ‘offered’ Othello when Othello collapses. Iago tries to control his obsessive hate but in the end his hate controls him.

Innocent,wronged Desdemona was enchantingly played by Olivia Vinall. In this version she is shown as young, blonde, pretty and determined to have her way as she is desperately in love with Othello. But their two worlds are quite separate – will their marriage survive? She is frail and tiny, chaste and rather out of place in the harsh world of the barracks.

Emilia, Iago’s wife (Lyndsey Marshal), is here shown as more Desdemona’s friend rather than her maid. Generally she is rather quiet but, forceful and angry towards the end when protesting Desdemona’s innocence.  When Emilia discovers  the depths of Iago’s deception and betrayal she becomes a passionate mouse that roars.

Jonathan Bailey (recently seen in ITV’s Broadchurch) plays Cassio as very charming but with a deep hidden flaw that Iago exploits, and Tom Robertson’s Roderigo is a believable handsome, elegant dandy.

Also of interest is the short film screened at interval on the pressures of army life and the importance of trust between comrades that sheds light on why Othello so wholly believed Iago’s claims against Desdemona.

For once, Othello’s credulity is convincing and Iago’s hatred whilst not having a justification does have a possible cause. The tension between the two leads is terrifically calibrated. A stirring, chilling and thrilling production that transfers wonderfully from stage to screen.

OTHELLO, part of the NTLive series screened at selected cinemas on the weekend of the 12th and 13th October, 2013.  Running time 3 hours and 40 minutes without interval. For more information visit,-www.ntlive.com