National Theatre Live

Best of British theatre broadcast live to cinemas around the world. 

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National Theatre Live is an initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over 1.75 million people have now experienced the work of National Theatre Live in cinemas worldwide. In addition to the recent record-breaking broadcast of The Audience starring Helen Mirren as The Queen (winner of two 2013 Olivier Awards, including the Best Actress award for Mirren), recent broadcasts have included the theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Master Card Best New Play); Steven Beresford’s acclaimed new comedy The Last of the Haussmans; a new production of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role; Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate starring John Lithgow in the title role; Alan Bennett’s new comedy People with Frances de la Tour; and James Graham’s acclaimed new play This House.



Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS 

The Donmar Warhouse’s production, directed by Josie Rourke

Live Broadcast: January 30, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season's Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC's Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.



Live Broadcast: February 27, 2014 (with many encore dates in U.S. cities)

National Theatre Live will broadcast the internationally beloved play War Horse live from London’s West End to cinemas around the world in 2014.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international phenomenon,  seen by over 4 million people world-wide and receiving numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards in London, six Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, with direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

War Horse is currently in its sixth year in London and is on a major tour of North America which continues through 2014.  A tour of the UK and Ireland begins in September 2013 and Gefährten, a German language production of War Horse opens in Berlin in October 2013. More details on