Opens November 28
Runtime: Approx 135mins
Season: Thursday 28th November – Wednesday 18th December
Cast: Maggie Smith (Quartet, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal), Simon Russell Beale (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet), Michael Gambon (Quartet, Gosford Park), Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, Henry V), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The English Patient), Frances de la Tour (People, Hugo).
Directors: Nicholas Hytner (Phedre, Hamlet, One Man Two Guvnors, Othello).
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents a once-in-a-lifetime performance, broadcast to cinemas around the world. In addition to live scenes, there will be short films and documentary inserts between the live scenes, which will contextualize the plays and the history of the theatre and what was happening in the world around us at the times the shows were originally staged.
From its early golden period under the leadership of Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic theatre to its now iconic building in the heart of London, the National Theatre has been home to Britain’s finest theatrical talent, premiering works by renowned writers such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett and David Hare, and staging celebrated performances by Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and the rising stars of today. From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from The Mysteries to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to War Horse – Nicholas Hytner directs a thrilling evening of live theatre, with rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the original actors who have performed on the National’s stages over the past five decades.