Stage on Screen

The Best of International Theatre Captured Live for the Big Screen!

Now in its sixth year, the Wirtz Center proudly presents National Theatre Live, the best in British Theater captured live for the big screen. New this year, from the stages of Russia’s greatest theater companies, the Stage Russia HD series brings the mastery of Russian theater to Western cinema audiences.



National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
Saturday, July 22 at 2PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By J.M. Barrie
Directed by Sally Cookson

★★★★★
‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ - Radio Times

All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Running Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Rating: TBC



National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night
Wednesday, July 26 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By William Shakespeare
Starring Tamsin Greig
Directed by Simon Godwin

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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Running Time: 3hrs and 30mins
Rating: Suitable for 12 years old and up



National Theatre Live: Obsession
Wednesday, August 9 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Based on the film by Luchino Visconti
Starring Jude Law
Directed by Ivo van Hove

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr. Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Running Time: TBD



National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Thursday, August 10 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Tom Stoppard
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, David Haig
Directed by David Leveaux

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play.

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Running time: 3hrs and 20 mins
Rating: Suitable for 12 years and above



National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches
Saturday, September 23 at 2PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
Saturday, September 23 at 7PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Tony Kushner
Starring Andrew Garfield

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.


 

National Theatre Live: Edward Albee’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Wednesday. October 18 at 7:00pm
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Edward Albee Directed by James Macdonald

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.


 

National Theatre Live: Salome
Wednesday. November 1 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Yaël Farber

The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.



Stage Russia HD: THE SEAGULL
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2 PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By Anton Chekov
Directed by Yury Butusov
A Satirikon Theatre production

Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.

3 hours and 50s minutes (with two 10 intermissions)
Presented in Russian with English subtitles



National Theatre Live: Yerma
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Frederico García Lorca
Starring Billie Piper
Directed by Simon Stone

The incredible Billie Piper returns in her award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

1 hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)



Stage Russia HD: THE SUICIDE
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2 PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Nikolai Erdman
Adapted and directed by Sergey Zhenovach
A Theatre Art Studio production

Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety  but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. Designer Alexander Borovsky’s walled-up stage with two stories of raggedy doors allows for slapstick chases and gives Zhenovach the opportunity to play entire scenes offstage, freeing it of realistic details and keeping the focus on the characters and their predicaments. Once the production builds up a head of steam, the laughs come fast and furious. The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.

3 hours (with one 15 minute intermission)
Presented in Russian with English subtitles



Stage Russia HD: UNCLE VANYA
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2 PM
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By Anton Chekov
Directed by Rimas Tuminas
A Vakhtangov Theatre production

Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions, We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a theatre space with grey slips, a plaster of Paris lion – a symbol of Petersburg, perhaps the ancestor who built the house came from there, a workbench made out of rough boards, an old sofa, several chairs of different colors. This "Uncle Vanya" is about what Chekhov’s characters think and what they admit to only at moments of emotional turmoil. They are at times tongue-tied or overly brutal, but their revelations break out of them fervently, desperately  just as a man breaks out of a stuffy room into the open air. A Golden Mask Winner for Best Drama, featuring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Voynitsky.

3 hours (with one 15 minute intermission)
Presented in Russian with English subtitles



National Theatre Live: YOUNG MARX
Wednesday, March 3, 2018 at 7pm
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Starring Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris
Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Running Time: TBD



Stage Russia HD: MACBETH.KINO
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2 PM

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Yuri Butusov
A Lensoviet Theatre production

Yuri Butusov’s pastiche of conflicting styles only touches on the storyline of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” reflecting, instead, both confusion from confronting the myth and the desire to unveil it. It follows a non-linear technique, compiling fragments, jumbling up the characters, having them swap roles, understanding that only by blending together these singular moments can the desired completeness be achieved. The scenes are like flaming auroras, fragments of dreams and visions. The surrealistic action in the style of David Lynch plunges the audience into a state of subtle sensuousness. “Macbeth.Kino” is a beautiful nightmare that sends shivers down your spine and makes you feel like staying in it for good.

4 hours and 40 minutes (with two 10 minute intermissions included)
Presented in Russian with English subtitles



National Theatre Live: JULIUS CAESAR
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By William Shakespeare
Starring Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey
Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and 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. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Running Time: TBD

National Theatre Live is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is proudly supported by AVIVA. The Wirtz Center's Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

Stage on Screen Tickets:

$20 general public,
$16 NU Employee,
$10 full-time student (Under 30 with current ID),
$8 Children