Cinemapolis continues our tradition of live theater events on screen with the launch of a new season of productions from National Theatre Live. 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, giving cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!
The 2017 National Theatre Live season continues through Spring and Summer with Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson stars in the title role of Patrick Marber’s new version of Hedda Gabler. 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 returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Hedda Gabler screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, April 15th at 1:30 pm.
In May, Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night. 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. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production. Twelfth Night screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, May 13th at 1:30 pm.
A modern classic comes in June. Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. 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. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, June 10 at 1:30 pm.
Later in the month, Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino 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. Obsession screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, July 1 at 1:30 pm.
Another classic comes in July. Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill , Luke Treadaway, and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. 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. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, July 22 at 1:30 pm.
All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved Peter Pan comes in August. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, 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. Peter Pan screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, August 5 at 1:30 pm.
Summer wraps up with a timeless tale retold. 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. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre. Salomé screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, August 26 at 1:30 pm.
As London’s stage season continues, more titles will be added throughout 2017. Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live 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.