National Theatre Live's Season Opener Has 'X-Files' Star Power
With National Theatre Live HD broadcasts on the Quick Center’s big screen this season, audiences will be offered the best seat in the house to shows that Londoners can’t even get tickets to. The new season begins with the critically acclaimed, sold-out production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson (pictured) from The X-Files. Screening takes place tonight, 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014.
Each National Theatre Live broadcast is taped in front of a live theatre audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium, giving HD audiences a better-than-front-row seat experience to each show. National Theatre Live perfectly captures in HD the riveting, original, and thoroughly entertaining live productions of a Britain institution, the National Theatre. And for the first time in its history, the National Theatre Live series will include a play performed and filmed on Broadway, the critically acclaimed Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.Tickets to all NT Live performances are $25, $20 seniors, $15 children/students
Here is the Quick Center’s National Theatre Live 2014-2015 season schedule:
A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, and Vanessa Kirby
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations) as Stella.
Starring Helen McCrory
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Given graphic elements in the production, it is strongly advised that the presentation is not appropriate for ages 15 and under.
Of Mice and Men
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014
Starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.
By David Hare
Starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s play, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End. Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play.
A work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 15, 2015
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre brings its powerful new production to the National Theatre. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
2 and 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. Suitable for ages 10 and older.
Gillian Anderson photo by Johan Persson