National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre of Great Britain's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

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FRANKENSTEIN (broadcast to cinemas internationally on October 27 & 29, 2014)a play by Nick Dear based on Mary Shelley’s novel; starring Olivier Award winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle; Summary: The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. In this new adaptation, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. National Theatre Live filmed FRANKENSTEIN twice so audiences could experience Cumberbatch and Miller in each role.

OF MICE & MEN (broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, November 6, 2014) by John Steinbeck; Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, and directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. Summary: Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.

JOHN (broadcast to cinemas internationally on Tuesday, December 9, 2014) Conceived and Directed by Lloyd Newson. The production opens at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on October 30, 2014. Summary: JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word. Please note: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for ages 18 years +.

TREASURE ISLAND (Broadcast to cinemas internationally on Thursday, January 22, 2015) by Robert Louis Stevenson with a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery; Directed by Polly Findlay. Summary: It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Please note: TREASURE ISLAND is suitable for ages 10 years +.

Dates will vary at venues internationally and encore screenings will follow.

Encore screenings are now ongoing for some of National Theatre Live’s most acclaimed recent productions. Encore dates and cinema locations are added frequently. To find out which titles are running encores right now, visit

ABOUT NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE - Now celebrating its 6th year broadcasting live performances to cinema screens internationally, National Theatre Live has now been experienced by over 3 million people worldwide. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts have included the award-winning original West End production of War Horse, NT’s 50th anniversary celebration Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare's Othello, Shakespeare's Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston and the record-breaking and award winning production of The Audience starring Helen Mirren as The Queen.

Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live, without delay, to cinemas throughout the UK as well as many European venues. Other venues view the broadcasts 'as live' according to their time zone, or at a later date.