Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment will be offering satellite-delivered HD screenings of performances from the UK’s National Theatre.
The first presentation in the four-part series begins June 25 with Phedré, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen of Athens who develops a fatal attraction for her stepson. Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of the National, will direct.
Hytner said: “The NT Live events are designed to bring what we do on the stages of the National to a far greater number of people than we would ever be able to reach otherwise. Through high definition broadcasts, we have the technology at our disposal to present our productions beyond the four walls of the National, to reach passionate theatre-goers all over the world, and to do it really well.”
Other plays in the series will include Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well with Clare Higgins; Nation, based on the a novel by Terry Pratchett and adapted by Mark Ravenhill as well as Alan Bennett’s new play, The Habit of Art, with Michael Gambon, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.
NT Liveevents are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience Inc.