As it’s the tenth anniversary this year, we’ve got a full programme of huge new NT Live releases - some of the most loved titles are even making a sneaky comeback. It’s going to be a theatrical year.
All About Eve - Thursday 11th April 2019
Who’s in it? Only Gillian bloody Anderson, set to be usurped by Cinderella herself (Lily James).
What’s the story? It’s the age old story of the grande dame unseated by the wide-eyed ingenue she mistook for a fan - like a tenser, cattier A Star Is Born.
Why should I see it? With the innovative Ivo van Hove directing, you can bet this will be a dazzling and inventive retelling, focusing on our infinite obsession with youth, celebrity and glamour - prescient themes in a social media world.
Get NT Live: All About Eve tickets and times.
All My Sons - Tuesday 14th May 2019
Do I know anyone in it? The legendary Sally Fields and Casper’s dad/Independence Day POTUS Bill Pullman
What’s the story? In post-war America, Joe and Kate are held up as poster children for the American Dream - but it turns out they’re living in a house of lies and everything’s about to come tumbling down around them.
Why should I see it? All My Sons was Arthur Miller’s last ditch attempt at success (spoiler: it paid off) and this new staging is a HUGE production being broadcast live from the Old Vic.
Get NT Live: All My Sons tickets and times.
Small Island - Thursday 27th June 2019
Who’s in it then? A company of 40 actors, which should give you some idea of the size of this epic production.
What’s the story? The tangled histories of Jamaica and the UK are picked apart by following three intricate stories full of yearning for new lives.
Why should I see it? It’s based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel and will be a gigantic production - as well as that epic cast, there are 50 scenes in the first act alone.
Get NT Live: Small Island tickets and times.
The Lehman Trilogy - July 25
Any big names in it? There are just three actors in this one - Godfather of the West End Simon Russell Beale, The Crown’s Ben Miles and Tony-nominee Adam Godley. Directing the action is Sam Mendes, who’s known for his murky takes on traditional stage musicals (not to mention his Hollywood epics like American Beauty and Skyfall).
What’s the story? Remember in 2008 when the Lehman Brothers bank collapsed and the world was thrown in to the biggest financial crisis in history? The Lehman Trilogy is about that - the family drama behind the company, the adrenalin rush of high stakes trading and everything that led to their downfall 163 years later.
Why should I see it? So many reasons. Es Devlin’s gorgeous set design (you might recall her incredible Carmen set), the mesmerising acting (each actor switches ages and genders multiple times throughout); and the fact that it’s the story behind a piece of living history. Unmissable!
Get The Lehman Trilogy tickets and times.
One Man, Two Guvnors - Sept 27
Who’s in it? James Corden, who only went and won a Tony award for his performance
What’s the story? A classic caper in which an eternally hungry skiffle player must keep his two bosses apart from each other lest they make some rather unfortunate discoveries about each other...
Why should I see it? It was an absolute smash hit on both Broadway and the West End stage when this was recorded in 2011. NT Live is digging its recording out of the vault for a one-off showing so this is quite literally your only chance to see it (until the next big NT Live anniversary, at least). Plus - and we don’t say this lightly - it is absolutely hilarious.
One Man, Two Guvnors is out 27 September - find out more here.
NT LIVE IN NUMBERS
- They currently screen to 2,500 venues across 65 countries
- Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet has been seen by over 900,000 people
- They have a global audience of nearly 9 million people
- They’ve presented almost 130,000 screenings