Posted on August 05, 2015, BY Staff

Knowledge (Penny Layden), Good Deeds (Kate Duchene) and Everyman (Chiwelel Ejiofor). Photo by Richard Herbert-Smith.

After a successful premiere season, with two productions recently receiving multiple Tony Award nominations and awards, National Theatre Live screenings will resume in the fall at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg beginningSunday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. with a very modern production of the medieval morality play 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 defense. 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.

The Times says Everyman is "Powerful. Deeply moving. Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent," and Time Out calls it "Spectacular. Thought-provoking. Full of Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant sly rhymes."

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 HistoryClassics & Ancient Mediterranean StudiesEnglishTheatre & Dance, along with the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Admission
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, Students: $10, $5 with ID. No advanced ticket purchases. Ages 15+

Other screenings in the fall 2015 series, all of which begin at 1 p.m., include:

Oct. 4 — The Beaux' Stratagem

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. They flee to provincial Lichfield to marry for money and encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles.

Oct. 18 — The Audience

Helen Mirren reprises her Tony and Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in an encore screening of the original West End production of The Audience. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. 

Nov. 1 — Hamlet

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's SherlockThe Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy.

Spring Preview

National Theatre Live's 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse's production of Coriolanus returns this spring along with new productions of Jane EyreAs You Like It, and others yet to be announced. 

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