National Theatre Live
The Gene Siskel Film Center, in association with National Theatre Live, is excited to be one of the sites for the groundbreaking best of British theater, straight from the London stage.
SPECIAL PRICES: $14 GENERAL • $8 MEMBERS /STUDENTS
Please note that our normal matinee discount prices will not apply at 2:00 pm matinees of these special screenings.
NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy
2019, Sam Mendes, UK, 210 min.
With Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles
- Sun, Sep 22nd 1:00pm
“Magnificent…unfolds a tale of extravagant wealth with an even more dazzling economy of means.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside, dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
$14 GENERAL | $8 MEMBERS/STUDENTS
NT Live: Fleabag
2019, Vicky Jones, UK, 80 min.
With Phoebe Waller-Bridge
- Sat, Oct 5th 8:15pm
- Sat, Oct 12th 7:45pm
- Sun, Oct 20th 1:30pm
- Fri, Oct 25th 2:00pm
- Sun, Oct 27th 3:00pm
This hilarious, award-winning one-woman show that inspired BBC’s hit TV series is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag (Waller-Bridge) may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain, and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, she suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
SPECIAL PRICES: $14 GENERAL; $8 MEMBERS/STUDENTS
(Note: Matinee discounts do not apply to the October 25 screening.)
Please note: The running time of FLEABAG, listed in our printed Gazette as 100 min., has been corrected to 80 min.
The Madness of King George III
2018, Adrian Penford, UK, 165 min.
It’s 1786 and King George III (Gatiss of "Sherlock" and "Wolf Hall") is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the king’s mind unraveling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the crown, and expose the fine line between a king and a man. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett ("The History Boys," "The Lady in the Van"). DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: Small Island
2019, Rufus Norris, UK, 200 min.
With Leah Harvey, Gershwin Eustace Jr.
“Momentous theater…paints an unforgettable picture.”—Michael Billington, Guardian
“Dazzling…a mix of naturalism and playfulness and fine ensemble playing from a 40-strong cast.”—Kate Kellaway, Observer
Timely and moving, SMALL ISLAND embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948. Based on Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel, this epic new theater adaptation follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense (Harvey) yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica. Gilbert (Eustace) dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie (Aisling Loftus) longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. Note: Strong and racially offensive language is used at times, reflecting the play’s historical accuracy. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2015, Lyndsey Turner, UK, 210 min.
With Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, THE IMITATION GAME) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
Antony and Cleopatra
2018, Simon Godwin, UK, ca. 220 min.
“Both an opulent slice of Roman history and an intimate tragedy…Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo have simmering chemistry.”--Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
"Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are a magnificent match…at the top of their game.”--Michael Billington, Guardian
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony (Fiennes) now rules alongside
his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian
Queen Cleopatra (Okonedo) and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic
fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war in Shakespeare’s
great tragedy of politics, passion and power. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT
SPECIAL PRICES: $14 GENERAL; $8 MEMBERS/STUDENTS
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
2018, Joe Hill-Gibbins, UK, 115 min.
With Simon Russell Beale, Leo Bill
“Delivers a forceful royal downfall…Simon Russell Beale was born to play Richard II.”--Michael Billington, Guardian
“Fresh and challenging…enhances Russell Beale’s reputation as our foremost Shakespearian actor.”--Paul Taylor, Independent
In this visceral new production of Shakespeare's drama about the limits of power, Richard II of England (Russell Beale) is irresponsible, foolish, and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke (Bill) challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
All About Eve
2018, Ivo van Hove, UK, 130 min.
With Gillian Anderson, Lily James
“Irresistible allure…drop-dead wit.”—Paul Taylor, Independent
“A show that reeks of chic…both a satire on, and a love letter to, the hermetic absurdities of the theater.”
—Michael Billington, Guardian
ALL ABOUT EVE tells the story of Margo Channing (Anderson), legend and true star of the theater. The spotlight is hers, and always has been. But now there’s Eve (James), her biggest fan—young, beautiful Eve, the golden girl, the girl next door. But you all know about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, adapted from the 1950 film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2013, Stephen Daldry, UK, 180 min.
With Helen Mirren, Haydn Gwynne
“Seductive and delicious…peppered with humor, pathos and satire.”—Andrew L. Urban, Urban CineFile
Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, this Tony Award-winning production starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth returns to the screen in honor of NT Live’s tenth anniversary. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth has met with each of her twelve prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)