Helen Mirren, Kenneth Branagh and Benedict Cumberbatch will soon be performing at a theater near you.
They are among the artists whose recent stage performances at The National Theatre in London will be screened at SouthSide Works Cinema as part of the fifth season of National Theatre Live.
The SouthSide Works Cinema will be the exclusive Pittsburgh area venue for these screenings.
"Not everyone has the luxury of being able to travel to London to see these incredible productions live onstage," says Jon Forman, president of Cleveland Cinemas, which operates the SouthSide Works Cinema. "Seeing these plays on the big screen is the next best thing to being there in person. We're proud to be able to bring National Theatre Live to Pittsburgh."
The season begins with screenings of "The Audience" at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28 and 11 a.m. Aug. 25. Mirren once again plays Queen Elizabeth in a new play written by Bob Crowley and directed by Stephen Daldry that was recorded at its final performance June 13 at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
Also on the season are:
"Othello": 11 a.m. Oct. 13 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Olivier Award- winning actor Adrian Lester is in the title role, and Olivier Award- winner Rory Kinnear plays opposite him as Iago. It's Shakespeare's tragedy of jealousy and deceit.
"Frankenstein": 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Nick Dear's stage adaptation stars Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary") as Victor Frankenstein.
"Macbeth": 11 a.m. Nov. 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6. The production is directed by Point Park University alumnus Rob Ashford and British actor-director Kenneth Branagh, who appears in the title role of this new production of Shakespeare's tragic tale of ambition and treachery. The show was recorded inside an intimate deconsecrated church in Manchester, England, during its debut at the Manchester International Festival.
"National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage": 7 p.m. Nov. 20. The productions takes a retrospective look at actors and their performances on the National Theatre's stages over the past five decades.
"Coriolanus": 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 11 a.m. Feb. 23. The Donmar Warehouse's production of Shakespeare's tragedy of political manipulation and revenge stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role and is directed by Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke.
Screenings are exclusively at the SouthSide Works Cinema, South Side. Tickets are on sale for "The Audience." Tickets for the other performances will go on sale 60 days before each performance.
Details: 412-381-7335 or www.clevelandcinemas.com
Alice T. Carter is the theater critic for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7808 or email@example.com.
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