4/21 & 4/29
A National Theatre of London production. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
6/2 & 6/10
National Theatre of London. 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), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
9/8 & 9/9
Nat'l Theatre of London. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? A "thrilling revival" (New York Times). Starring Sienna Miller.
1/13 & 1/21
Young Marx - Rose Theatre
From National Theatre of London. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Rory Kinnear is Marx in this new comedy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, and reuniting the creative team behind the hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 2 hrs, 40 min.
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. A dazzling new production.
Yerma - Rose Theatre
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her 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. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic. Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. 2 hrs.
8/12 - 8/13
Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika
Part 2. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992. 4 hrs., 15 min.
8/5 - 8/6
Angels in America Part 1: Millenium Approaches
Part 1. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).
7/16 & 7/22
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. An urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. 2 hrs.
6/24 & 6/25
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in this critically acclaimed 5-star production of Edward Albee's landmark play. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. 3 hrs, 30 min.
6/11 & 6/17
All children, except one, grow up…When Peter Pan loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
6/3 - 6/4
Gino (Jude Law) is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. Broadcast from the Barbican Theatre in London. Directed by Ivo van Hove. 120 min.
5/20 & 5/21
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Daniel Radcliffe stars in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
4/29 & 4/30
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. National Theatre of London.
Hedda Gable - Final Showing Sunday
“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free....Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove helms this moving production starring the luminous Ruth Wilson.
3/12 & 3/18
Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Gemma Arterton is Joan, directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liasons Dangereuses). 3 hrs.
Music. Power. Jealousy. Peter Shaffer's iconic play comes to life with live orchestral accompaniment. Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
No Man's Land
Following their hit Broadway run, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart return to London with this legendary show. One summer's evening, two ageing writers meet in a pub. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
The National Theatre of London's most successful show of all time careens across the screen in this tremendous production. A WWI tale of a boy and his horse, featuring the most incredible life-size puppets you've ever seen. WAR HORSE is a visual stunner.
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice. A tremendous production. 160 min.
The Deep Blue Sea
Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is illuminated by Helen McCrory, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. London 1952: When Hester Collyer is found in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. 2 hrs, 45 min.
Hamlet returns for two encore presentations. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament. 195 min.
10/29 - 10/30
An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature.
The Threepenny Opera
Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off...
A View From the Bridge
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong in this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. Arthur Miller's masterpiece confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate Brooklyn tale.
7/18 & 7/24
Back as part of the NTLive Encore series! This critically-lauded play from the National Theatre returns for an encore run! For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Helen Mirren enchants as Elizabeth in her many decades.
6/25 - 6/26
One Man, Two Guvnors
The National Theatre of London's riotous and outlandish comedy returns to the big screen for two encore screenings. James Cordon starts as a man serving two masters, to dizzying and hilarious effect. A not-to-be-missed theatre event. Laughter is promised. 3 hrs, 12 min.