The 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: