NT Live upcoming for 2014


There are some interesting upcoming NT Live screenings that I thought I’d draw to your attention. NT Live is a high-res screening of a live play – not quite as good as being there but considerably cheaper and more convenient. They only show the film a few times; it’s not an ongoing run like a standard film. So if you miss the few dates/times advertised you’ve probably missed out entirely.

In the UK they broadcast a performance live to theatres across the UK – with the recording later shown in the former colonies and beyond – list.


Most NT Live screenings are National Theatre productions – this is the current production from the Donmar Warehouse. I wish they’d do more from the Donmar since it’s a tiny theatre and tix are very hard to get.

War Horse

Still running in London and touring the UK. There was a production in Australia last year. I saw it London a few years ago and again in Brisbane.

If you haven’t seen War Horse – this is a good opportunity. If you’ve seen it before, you might want to see it again (NT Live tickets are a lot cheaper than the live play)

The staging is very impressive. Ignore the Spielberg film based on the same book – the play is faaaaar better.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

This is really good for both adults and teenagers.  This is a repeat of the broadcast done a few years ago with the original cast including the lead, Luke Treadaway (of whom we’re likely to hear a lot more about …). Great story, cast and set design. I’ll be going to see it again.

King Lear

Yeah, I know … Lear again. But this time it’s Simon Russell Beale in the lead role – something that London theatre junkies have been waiting for. SRB, Sam Mendes and the National should be an excellent combo – and the playwright is no slouch either.

To top it all off, Simon Russell Beale is playing Hamlet’s father in another London production at the same time.