After a successful premiere season, with two productions recently receiving multiple Tony Award nominations, National Theatre Live screenings will resume in the fall at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg beginning Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. with Everyman.
BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre's new director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind and time is running out.
One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and movement by Javier De Frutos.
No advanced ticket purchases. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors - $12, Students - $10, $5 with ID. Agest 15+.
Other screenings in the fall 2015 series, all of which begin at 1 p.m., include:
Oct. 4: The Beaux' Stratagem. Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.
The 'Beaux' — Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer — are two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their 'Stratagem': to marry for money.
Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.
But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.
Oct. 18: The Audience. Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in an encore screening of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013.
"Helen Mirren is smashing. Her Majesty will see you now," says The New York Times.
For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, from Tony Blair right up to today's meetings with David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours). It was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Nov. 1: Hamlet.
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 paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Hamlet is directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
National Theatre Live's 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse's production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand this spring (date to be announced).
Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter De Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Elliot Levey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen Schlesinger, Mark Stanley and Dwane Walcott.
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on Coriolanus, her hero and defender. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens' hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen, via satellite. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.
The National Theatre (NT Live) screenings are sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art & Art History, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, English, Theatre & Dance, along with the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.