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 begins in January with the London production of a Broadway smash. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer’s evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. 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. No Man’s Land screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 pm.
In February, Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, Amadeus, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus 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. Amadeus screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, February 25th at 1:30 pm.
A Shaw classic arrives in March. Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc in Saint Joan, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. 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. Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production. Saint Joan screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, March 18th at 1:30 pm.
In April, 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.
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.