National Theatre Live — those terrific HD live broadcasts from London’s National Theatre to movie houses around the world, including Connecticut — has a hot lineup, ahead, including Olivier Award winners and nominees. It certainly saves theater-goers an expensive trip to check out great shows in England.
The next show is up will be James Graham’s new play “This House” directed by Jeremy Herrin, at theaters starting May 16. Ben Brantley of the New York Times calls the behind-the-scenes-of-Parliament epic “one of the most purely entertaining productions in London.”
Starting June 13, the acclaimed world premiere of Peter Morgan’s “The Audience,” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth (a character that earned her the Oscar). Stephen Daldry directs. The play is an imagining of the private meetings between the queen and the 12 prime ministers in under her 60-year reign. Mirren received an Olivier for her performance. Richard McCabe also won an award for a featured role in the production.
Starting Sept. 26, is there will be William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago.
Perhaps most eagerly awaited is the broadcast of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ which won the Olivier for best new play. The show has Broadway buzz already (as does “The Audience”). The production also won Olivier awards for best director (Marianne Elliott), best actor (Luke Treadaway), best featured actress (Nicola Walker) and set, lighting and sound design honors. The show will be broadcast in the fall. Specific dates have not been announced.
Theaters in Connecticut that regularly show National Theatre Live shows are: Cinestudio at Hartford’s Trinity College, (May 16 at 2 p.m. for live broadcast of “This House” and May 18 at 2:30 for encore; June 13 at 2 p.m. for “The “Audience” and June 15 at 2:30 for encore); Old Saybrook’s Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (May 16 at 7 p.m. for “This House” and June 18 at 7 p.m. for “The Audience”) and the Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University (May 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. for “This House; June 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. for “The Audience”) and Sept. 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. for “Othello”).
Information and video clips of the shows: www.ntlive.com.