Posted on October 09, 2015, BY Staff

Photo by Johan Persson

National Theatre Live screenings continue at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. with this eagerly awaited production of Hamlet. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game) 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 paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.  

Cumberbatch is a "blazing five-star Hamlet," writes the Daily Telegraph, and "exudes charisma and intelligence," agrees the Evening Standard. "This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation," writes the Daily Telegraph.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live captures this sold-out production from the Barbican Theatre in London.

NT Live productions are screened in more than 1,500 venues worldwide. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen via satellite throughout the world. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These encore screenings are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.

The National Theatre screenings are sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art & Art History, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, English and Theatre & Dance, along with the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

Doors open at the Campus Theatre at 12:30 p.m. and the screening begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, Students: $10, $5 with ID. No advanced ticket purchases. People ages 15-plus admitted.

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