Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced its forthcoming season of National Theatre Live screenings for the 2018/19 Autumn Winter programme of shows, kicking off with the critically-acclaimed production of Julie.
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Next up and broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s “extraordinarily moving portrayal” (Independent) in the title role of King Lear.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this “nuanced and powerful” (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Following this, the multi-award-winning drama, The Madness of George III, will be screened to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
More NT Live screenings at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be announced over the course of the year.
The National Theatre encore screening of Julie will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 6th September at 7pm. The encore screenings of King Lear and The Madness of George III will take place on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm and Thursday 17th January 2019 at 7pm respectively.
Tickets for all National Theatre Live and encore screenings are priced at £13 each, with concessions priced at £10.50 each, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk