National Theatre Live brings you the best of British theatre, broadcast from London to a world-wide audience via satellite to over 300 venues in 22 countries around the globe.
“If you haven’t experienced NT Live yet, I can’t recommend it too highly.” -The Daily Telegraph
This exciting initiative launched its five show pilot season last year with Phèdre starring Helen Mirren. This year’s line-up at the Skirball Center includes an encore screening of Phèdre, Complicite’s A Disappearing Number, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the smash Broadway hit FELA!, Donmar Warehouse's production of King Lear, Frankestein directed by Danny Boyle and Chekov's Russian classic, The Cherry Orchard.
A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones). Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to London and the National Theatre.
FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.
Running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval
“An ecstatic phenomenon.” ★★★★
Time Out, New York
“A fierce explosion of fizzing theatrical energy.” ★★★★
A Post-Screening Q&A with members of the Broadway FELA! cast will be held with Jordan Mcclean, Gelan Lambert, Rujeko
Dumbutshena and Adesola Osakalumi.
Afrobeat After-Party featuring Rich Medina will be held at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, 11:00pm). FREE entry with NTL: FELA! ticket. 21+ only.
A National Theatre Live/Skirball Center Membership Package is available for those who plan to attend multiple National Theatre Live screenings throughout the season. Membership packages include 4 tickets to use as you wish, 4 supplemental programs, advance purchase opportunities on newly announced screenings and a tax-deductible $50 donation to NYU Skirball Center.
*Please note, Skirball Center screenings of National Theatre Live events are on a time-delay and may not be screened on the same evening as the 'live' event.
Photo: original Broadway cast, copyright Monique Carboni