May 04, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Tim McMullan, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas le Prevost [photo by Johan Persson]

George Bernard Shaw's classic Man and Superman will screen on Sunday, May 31, at the Campus Theatre as part of the ongoing National Theatre Live season.

The screening begins at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.

Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler's List, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic. The play is directed by Simon Godwin, associate artist at the Royal Court and Bristol Old Vic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

In a five-star review, Metro calls the production "Out of this world. Ralph Fiennes flies high as Bernard Shaw's Superman." Four-star reviews include "Dazzling. Ralph Fiennes proves his star status. Indira Varma is a triumph." (The Times); "Astonishing. A masterly performance from Ralph Fiennes. Tim McMullan is supremely funny." (Guardian); "Simon Godwin mischievously blows the dust off the period trappings. The work's intellectual energy and comic zest are infection." (Daily Telegraph). "Ralph Fiennes gives one of the best performances of his career."  (The Independent)

The National Theatre (NT Live) season 6 is sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, and Theatre and Dance, the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

This is the final screening for spring 2015. The series resumes in the fall with: Everyman with Chiwetel Ejiofor (Aug. 30); The Beaux' Stratagem (Oct. 4); The Audience with Helen Mirren (Oct. 18); and Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch (Nov. 1). For more information on these productions, visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ 

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.

 

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