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 and Frankestein directed by Danny Boyle and Chekov's Russian classic, The Cherry Orchard.
Phèdre Encore Screening
Recorded live in London on June 25, 2009 and seen by over 50,000 people worldwide, Phèdre starring Oscar Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, will be re-broadcast in an encore screening.
Helen Mirren takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into muscular free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.
Cast (in order of speaking)
Hippolytus Dominic Cooper
Théramène John Shrapnel
Oenone Margaret Tyzack
Phèdre Helen Mirren
Panope Wendy Morgan
Aricia Ruth Negga
Ismène Chipo Chung
Theseus Stanley Townsend
Phèdre's son Elliot Horne
Alexander D'Andrea (Hippolytus), Portia Booroff (Panope/Oenone),
Elizabeth Nestor(Aricia/Ismène), Tristram Wymark Theseus/Théramène)
Director Nicholas Hytner
Designer Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Music Adam Cork
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 at right by Catherine Ashmore