By Gabrielle Stamile
Missed the stage production? Luckily, National Theatre will be showing filmed versions of their popular stage productions in selected cinemas. Some shows include The Deep Blue Sea (starring Helen McCrory), Frankenstein (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller), Hamlet (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), The Threepenny Opera (starring Rory Kinnear and Rosalie Craig) and No Man’s Land (starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart) for 2016. For more shows and information, visit ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/.
Many of these shows were performed and filmed years ago (War Horse, another show that will be shown in theaters, was performed in 2007) and are rarely seen on television; they are mostly released for certain dates in theaters. Dates and prices vary on location, but because these filmed stage productions are considered special events, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15-$30 per ticket. Though you do not get the live experience, it may be worth the ticket price to at least see these acclaimed British productions.
If you do not have the money, or if you cannot make a showing, there are other websites that provide plenty of theatre information. PBS has a fantastic series called Great Performances that shows some filmed stage productions, such as London’s 2015 revival of Gypsy which starred Imelda Staunton; this will air on November 11.
If you want some more behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, just search on pbs.org for specific shows or people. You can see names from Broadway legends such as Chita Rivera to new Broadway masters such as Lin-Manuel Miranda. If you love theater or are interested in learning about it then National Theatre (and National Theatre Live), PBS and Playbill are great sites to check out for both British and American theater. You can learn about the history of shows, who were involved in making them, revivals, and more.
For more information about upcoming theatrical releases, or television broadcasts, visit playbill.com.