This summer, we continue our tradition of live theater events on screen with the launch of a new season of productions from Shakespeare’s Globe and a special season of encore productions from National Theatre Live. Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen provides audiences the opportunity to experience the world’s most famous stage as if they were there in person, and NTL is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Combined, the two programs give cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!
The National Theatre encores begin in July. Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway. A raucous farce of mistaken, stolen, and misplaced identities, One Man, Two Guvnors screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, July 9th at 1:30 pm.
Later that month, Dame Helen Mirren returns to the screen in her Tony and Olivier award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. Written by Peter Morgan and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry, The Audience will screen on Thursday, July 28th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, July 30th at 1:30 pm.
In August, another season of the hugely popular Globe On Screen launches with one of the Bard’s lesser-known works: Measure For Measure. Boasting a superb cast, the play is a wickedly black comedy of secret identities, sexual politics and manipulation. The production features stellar performances from Mariah Gale as Isabella, Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincent and Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo. Measure for Measure screens at Cinemapolis on Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 pm and again Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 pm.
The NTL encores continue with the production now up for five Tony awards –Arthur Miller’s A View from a Bridge. Featuring an award winning cast led by Mark Strong and direction by visionary Ivo van Hove, this production of Miller’s classic confrontation of the American dream has been called “magnetic, electrifying, and astonishingly bold.” A View from a Bridge returns to Cinemapolis for two screenings: Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, September 17th at 1:30 pm.
In October, multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen star Jonathan Pryce takes the role of enigmatic Shylock alongside his own daughter Phoebe Pryce, playing Jessica, in the Globe on Screen presentation of The Merchant of Venice. This iconic tale of the battle between greed and love, paired with Pryce’s memorable interpretation, makes this a must- see. The Merchant of Venice screens on Sunday, October 9th at 2:00 pm and again at on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm.
Later in the month, National Theatre Live adds a NEW production to this year’s series. Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece,The Deep Blue Sea. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing. The Deep Blue Sea screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, October 22nd at 1:30 pm.
National Theatre Live finishes the season of encores in December with the international smash hit, War Horse. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. War Horse screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, December 10th at 1:30 pm.
Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live and Globe on Screen broadcasts are available at the Cinemapolis box office and online at cinemapolis.org. General admission tickets are $22 each, with discounted $18 tickets available for students, seniors and Cinemapolis members.