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.
100 actors rehearse over 30 productions across 5 weeks - glimpse into the 50 Years on Stage rehearsal room in this video featuring Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and many more…
Frankenstein returns to cinemas tonight, have you booked your ticket?
National Theatre Live’s 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
As another special 50th birthday gift, here’s a free PDF download (4MB) of the Frankenstein programme, including essays on Mary Shelley and her most famous work, and extracts from Danny Boyle’s production scrapbook.
This Saturday, 2 November, we’ll broadcast 50 Years on Stage live to international cinemas (it will also be shown live in the UK on BBC2 at 9pm on the same date).
50 Years on Stage will bring together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances.
A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed by the National Theatre’s current Director Nicholas Hytner, including award-winning actors 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, with more to be announced.
Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to a cinema near you.