National Theatre's "Macbeth" Shows at PAC Nov. 1
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce National Theatre Live in HD's presentation of Manchester International Festival’s production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" at 7 p.m. Friday, November 1st at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC), 777 W. Olive St. in Newport.
The event is hosted locally by Catherine Rickbone.
National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh ("My Week With Marilyn," "Hamlet") in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth.
Directed by Olivier- and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford ("Anna Christie" at the Donmar Warehouse, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.
About the Actors
Kenneth Branagh has long been lauded as one of the great Shakespearean interpreters. His skills as a writer, director and actor have garnered international acclaim across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he is the only man to be nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award. He last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002. Recent stage performances as Edmond at the National Theatre and Ivanov for the Donmar played to great acclaim. In 2011 he completed a sell-out run of the hit comedy The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in his home city of Belfast.
Alex Kingston won critical acclaim for her numerous television roles including Dr. Elizabeth Corday in "ER" and River Song in "Doctor Who." A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost amongst others, Kingston was recently seen on the London stage in Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2006 she played Nurse Ratched in the West End production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" starring Christian Slater. Recent feature film credits include "Sweetland" opposite Alan Cummings and "Alpha Dog," starring Justin Timberlake.
About the Director
Rob Ashford has directed and choreographed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. From collaborations with the Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre to Broadway, Ashford has a string of nominations and awards to his name including an Olivier Award for "Anna Christie" and nominations for "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Parade" (Donmar Warehouse) and a Tony Award for "Thoroughly Modern Millie." He also won an Emmy for his choreography at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season, which began in June 2009, over 750,000 people have now experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide.
OCCA appreciates the support of the Jeannette Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Newport, as well as individual event sponsors, which makes it possible to show NT Live in HD productions at the PAC.
Ticket prices are $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, and $10.50 for students. Buy tickets at the PAC box office or by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787). Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excepting holidays), and one hour prior to performance times.
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