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RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus
Running Time: 120mins | Genre: Live Theatre

Synopsis: The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss. He relinquishes power, but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and mutilation fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare presents us with murder as entertainment and, as the body count rises, poses questions about sexuality, family, class and society.
Wed 9 Aug
NT Live: Yerma

NT Live: Yerma
Running Time: 120mins | Genre: Live Theatre

Synopsis: The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress 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 and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval. ★★★★★ "Brutal yet ferociously funny", Metro ★★★★★ "Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca", The Observer ★★★★★ "A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic", The Independent
Thu 31 Aug
Carmen On The Lake

Carmen On The Lake
Running Time: 180mins | Genre: Live Show

Synopsis: Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song. On 14 September, experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage. This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin. Her past work includes sets for such stars as Adele, Take That, U2, Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West.
Thu 14 Sep
Belonging The Truth Behind the Headlines

Belonging The Truth Behind the Headlines
Running Time: 90mins | Genre: Documentary

Synopsis: Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines is an investigative feature documentary film about where power lies in the UK. Re-looking at events around 3 industrial disputes, 3 governments and over 3 decades we show the impact of government and corporate power on democracy and human rights in the UK. In this film there are many reveals - not least a secret government plan to destroy community and collectivism. The documents we have found prove what has long been suspected by many but not proven - until now. Through heart rendering personal stories from those at the centre of these industrial disputes we show the impact of the actions of those in power on individuals and communities - but also question what lies ahead. Power: "who has it, and what do they do with it” is as relevant today as it ever was.
Tue 19 Sep
King Lear

King Lear
Running Time: 180mins | Genre: Live Theatre

Synopsis: King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart on September 21. Kevin McNally, Anjana Vasan, Sirine Saba, Emily Bruni, Burt Caesar, Ralph Davis, Joshua James
Thu 21 Sep
RSC Live: Coriolanus

RSC Live: Coriolanus
Running Time: 200mins | Genre: Live Theatre

Synopsis: A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
Wed 11 Oct
NT Live: Follies

NT Live: Follies
Running Time: 210mins | Genre: Live Theatre

Synopsis: Follies is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. The cast includes Imelda Staunton, who was recently on NT Live screens in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee; and the production will also include a 21-piece orchestra. It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza, and we’re delighted to be bringing it to screens.
Thu 16 Nov
NT Live: Young Marx

NT Live: Young Marx
Running Time: 220mins | Genre: Live Theatre
Starring: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris

Synopsis: Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 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. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Thu 7 Dec
NT Live: Julius Caesar

NT Live: Julius Caesar
Running Time: 180mins | Genre: Live Theatre
Starring: Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, Michelle Fairley

Synopsis: Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. 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.
Thu 22 Mar
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