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.
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)
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)