National Theatre Live in HD

NT Live season cover 2018The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the 2016-17 National Theatre London Live in HD at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). Call 541-265-ARTS (2787) to purchase tickets, visit the PAC box office at 777 W. Olive Street in Newport (hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excepting holidays, and one hour prior to performance time), or use the links to individual events (in sidebar at right) to buy tickets online. Ticket prices are adults $16, seniors $13, and students $11.

Season titles include "Follies" on June 1, "Julius Caesar on June 8, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on July 20, an encore performance of “Hamlet” with Benedict Cumberbatch on July 27, “Young Marx” on Aug. 3, “Macbeth” on Sept. 7, “Julie” on Sept. 21, “King Lear” with Ian McKellen on Nov. 9, and Alan Bennett’s “The Madness of George III” on Dec. 7. Call 541-574-2652 to host one of these events. For more on each title, view the brochure here (PDF).

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of "Phèdre" with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and around the world.

NT Live broadcasts have now been experienced by millions of people in more than 1,100 venues around the world, including 550 in the UK alone. Past National Theatre broadcasts have included Danny Boyle’s "Frankenstein" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, "War Horse," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," and Sam Mendes’ "King Lear" with Simon Russell Beale.

Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

"We couldn't have foreseen that the experimental National Theatre Live season would be such a hit with audiences around the world, who are hungry to see our work in their local cinema," says Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre. "We're delighted that we can confidently build on its success with a second season of broadcasts."

National Theatre Live is distributed internationally (outside the U.K.) by New York-based BY Experience.

The events are sponsored locally by the Jeannette B. Hofer Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Newport, as well as local event hosts and OCCA members.

Catch a sneak peek of the season here:

Upcoming Events

Events begin at 7 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Ticket price is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students; buy tickets online using the links below as they become available, or call the center's box office at 541-265-2787.

NT Live - Follies

"Follies" June 1

Sondheim’s legendary musical, staged for the first time at the National Theatre, is set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

NT Live Julius Caesar

"Julius Caesar" June 8

Shakespeare’s classic starts with Caesar returning in triumph to Rome; the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

NT Live - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" July 20

Tenessee Williams' 20th-century masterpiece begins on a steamy night in Mississippi, where a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

NT Live - Hamlet

"Hamlet" July 27

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.

NT Live Young Marx

"Young Marx" August 3

Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels in a new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. The action starts in 1850, with Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

NT Live - Macbeth

"Macbeth" September 7

In the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris, sees Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre.

NT Live - Julie

"Julie" September 21

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 Strindberg’s play "Miss Julie," written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

NT Live - King Lear

"King Lear" November 9

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, "King Lear" sees two aging 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. See Ian McKellen’s "extraordinarily moving portrayal" (Independent) in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production, which received five-star reviews for its sell-out run.

NT Live - Madness of George III

"The Madness of George III" December 28

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior 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.

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