The Audience – National Theatre

The AudienceWe will be showing The Audience live from the National Theatre, London on Thursday 13th June. Both the live screening and encore on Saturday 15th June are now sold out.

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live.

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.

From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy ElliotThe Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.’ Daily Mail

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Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Meet the cast of This House

This House cast interviewsThis House cast members, including Charles Edwards, Reece Dinsdale and Vincent Franklin, describe how it feels to be part of such a large ensemble cast, and which of the events depicted in the play they found the most surprising.

This House cast interviews >

Twitter Q&A with James Graham

This House writer James Graham will be answering your questions live on Twitter on Friday 17 May at 1pm (BST). Ask your question using #AskJamesGraham and follow @ntlive.

You can also leave your question as a comment on the National Theatre Live Facebook page.

This House – National Theatre

This HouseWe will be showing This House live from the National Theatre, London on Thursday 16th May at 7.00pm.

Please arrive at 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.  The performance is approximately 2hrs 45min including interval.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Please note that the live broadcast on the 16th May has now sold out but there are still a few tickets remaining for the encore screening on Saturday 18th May. Email to book.

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Life is Beautiful


Thursday 9th May 2013, 7.30pm

Set in 1930s Italy, Guido, a carefree Jewish bookshop owner leads a fairy tale life, having courted and married a woman from a nearby city – all is well and they live happily together with their young son until the onset of the German occupation.

In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a concentration camp, Guido imagines the holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

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Nabucco – Royal Opera House

NabuccoWed/Thu 1 & 2 May 2013, 7.15pm
(please note that this is a delayed live broadcast and may be shown on other dates at venues in the UK)

Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un Giorno di Regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.’

Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and makes imaginative use of large-scale video projections to accompany and reflect the action on stage. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as ‘Immenso Jehova’ – the Hebrew Slaves’ triumphant hymn of thanksgiving – and their song of exile, ‘Va, pensiero’, which is considered by many to be Italy’s unofficial national anthem.

There are wonderful bass and baritone roles in the figures of Nabucco, the Babylonian King (based on the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar) and Zaccaria, the Hebrew prophet. And in Abigaille, Verdi created a memorable anti-heroine, at once terrifying and pitiable. Throughout, the score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama and is on a scale that does justice to the opera’s epic themes.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) available from or by calling Jacqueline Teeney on 01298 872993.

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