National Theatre Lives

  • King Lear (NT Live)

    ★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph) Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

    Starring:Ian McKellen
    Running Time:220 mins
    Book Now >27th September 2018 7:00PM
  • Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour

    103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!
    The 60th Anniversary Tour will be broadcast LIVE to your local cinema on Friday 12 October 2018, with special encore screenings on Sunday 14 October in celebration of Cliff's 78th birthday. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades, this will be Cliff Richard's most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

    Running Time:150 mins
    Book Now >12th October 2018 8:00PM
    14th October 2018 3:00PM
  • They Shall Not Grow Old Plus Live Q and A With Peter Jackson

    We are excited to work with the BFI LFF to bring Peter Jackson's First World War film, They Shall Not Grow Old, to UK cinemas on October 16. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums, They Shall Not Grow Old has been created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives. It is being presented as part of a special London Film Festival presentation alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson, hosted by Mark Kermode. Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday, colourising footage to reveal never before seen details. Jackson aims to give these men voices & examines the humility and humanity that represented a generation forever changed by a global war. "We're not making the usual film you'd expect on the First World War - we're making a film which shows the incredible footage in which the faces of these men just jump out at you. It's the human beings who were actually there, who were thrust into this extraordinary situation that defined their lives in many cases." - Peter Jackson

    Genres:Documentary, History, War
    Running Time:94 mins
    Book Now >16th October 2018 6:00PM
  • Funny Girl The Musical

    Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Hilarious, glorious, and ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent), don’t miss this sensational production from the comfort of your local cinema seat.

    Starring:Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell
    Genres:Musical
    Running Time:160 mins
    Book Now >24th October 2018 7:30PM
  • NT Live: Allelujah!

    ‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film.Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

    Running Time:170 mins
    Book Now >1st November 2018 7:30PM
    4th November 2018 2:00PM
  • The Madness of George III (NT Live)

    Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

    Starring:Adrian Scarborough, Mark Gatiss
    Running Time:210 mins
    Book Now >20th November 2018 7:00PM
  • Antony and Cleopatra (NT Live)

    Broadcast 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. 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. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

    Running Time:220 mins
    Book Now >6th December 2018 7:00PM
  • A Christmas Carol

    Based on Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. A Christmas must see! Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved books in the English language. It has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. This treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.

    Starring:Simon Callow
    Genres:Drama
    Running Time:90 mins
    Book Now >11th December 2018 7:30PM
  • The King And I: From The London Palladium

    The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event presented from London’s iconic Palladium. Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a lifetime opportunity – book now at your local cinema. “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” - The Times “We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” - Daily Mail “Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” - The Telegraph

    Running Time:180 mins
    Book Now >13th December 2018 7:30PM

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