PREVIEW: National Theatre Live
By Mark Grainger on September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
Those lovely people at Stockton ARC (Stockton’s première arts and music venue for those of you who don’t know. Shame on you) have let slip to us that they are gearing up for another brilliant year of broadcasting theatrical treats in their cinema.
Now in its second year, it looks like ARC’s National Theatre Live programme is showing signs of settling in for a long term pride of place within the cinema’s annual agenda, with the venue bringing several big name productions from down south to our region’s doorstep. Put simply, the ARC’s National Theatre Live programme sees the venue showing live broadcasts of some of the capital’s most talked about stage productions for a fraction of the price and without having to be stared at for seven hours by a man with a twitchy eye, a thermos and some unidentifiable stains on the Megabus. Good eh?
This year’s programme features a highly anticipated screening of the very first stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-laden book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Elsewhere national institution Julie Walters stars as the head of a slightly dysfunctional family in The Last Of The Haussmans whilst Simon Russell Beale’s title role tackles the eponymous role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, in Timon Of Athens.
Chief Executive at Stockton ARC Annabel Turpin said: “Our National Theatre programme has taken off from the very first screening, and now we are seeing a growing interest in other performances such as opera and ballet as well.” She added, “It’s fantastic that theatre enthusiasts are able to enjoy world-class performances on their doorstep, but also the new audiences gained from NT Live can see our diverse programme of live theatre that ARC has to offer.”
Last year saw critically acclaimed productions such as Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, which starred Sherlock star and dyslexia sufferer’s nightmare Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, who traded roles between Dr Frankenstein and his monstrous creation each night. Also shown specially for the Stockton crowd was Shakespeare’s classic Comedy Of Errors and James Corden’s Tony award winning one-man show, One Man, Two Guvnors (and no, thankfully he doesn’t just play Smithy again).
National Theatre Live starts on Thursday 6 September with The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, with The Last Of The Haussmans showing on Thursday 11 October and Timon Of Athens on Thursday 1 November. You can also see The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 6 September
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