Birgitte Hjort Sørensen takes the role of Coriolanus’ wife Virgilia in the Donmar Warehouse’s upcoming production of Coriolanus (broadcast live on 30 Jan).
Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus) gets to grips with Hadley Fraser (Aufidius) in the Donmar Warehouse rehearsal room.
How’s this for a Friday treat…first image from inside the Donmar Warehouse's Coriolanus rehearsal room. Look out for more to come.
We’ll broadcast the production live to cinemas around the world on 30 January - tickets now on sale:
The Habit of Art returns to cinemas in an hour. We hope you enjoy this deliciously funny and moving play. Let us know what you think…
The Habit of Art Production Images
'Performances of comic perfection.' Daily Telegraph
National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour and the late Richard Griffiths, returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.
Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.
Photos by Johan Persson
Missed the extraordinary 50 Years on Stage last night? if you’re in the UK it’s now available to watch again on iPlayer.
Further international screenings of 50 Years on Stage will take place around the world in coming weeks. Find your nearest venue here.
Here are images from just a few of tonight’s performances. If you weren’t able to watch tonight, further international screenings of 50 Years on Stage take place in the coming weeks.
Find your nearest venue at http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/43033-50-years-on-stage
Ladies and gentlemen, this is your 15 minute call.
50 Years on Stage. Live on BBC2 and in international cinemas at 9pm.
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You can get live updates throughout the night on our liveblog at http://national-theatre.tumblr.com
It’s here - 50 Years on Stage, a truly once-in-a lifetime performance, broadcasts live on BBC Two tonight at 9pm and to international cinemas.
The company of more than 100 actors includes: Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.
Find your nearest venue:http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/43033-50-years-on-stage