National Theatre Live in HD

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.

Upcoming events include "Antony and Cleopatra" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; "The Tragedy of King Richard II" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22; and "I'm Not Running" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29. Call 541-574-2652 to host one of these events.

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 each production:

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.

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"Antony and Cleopatra" February 1

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

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"The Tragedy of King Richard II" February 22

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London. Joe Hill-Gibbins directs this visceral new production about the limits of power. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

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"I'm Not Running" March 29

An explosive new play by David Hare premieres at the National Theatre: Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonizing decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?