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.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
2016, Josie Rourke, UK, 210 min. With Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer, Dominic West.
"Theatre at its most seductive ... a huge amount to admire in this pitch-black comedy of manners." – Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
"Has the power to engulf an audience in a heady, intoxicating aroma, the perfumed essence of fleurs de mal." – Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’s novel of sex, intrigue, and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty-year anniversary. Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges on her wedding night, but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live.)
2016, Michael Longhurst, UK, 210 min.
“Stupendous…total total theatre, and it’s wonderful.” — Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
“An epic piece of music theatre.” — Michael Billington, The Guardian
Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (LUTHER, GAME OF THRONES) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play with orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world — and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
A View from the Bridge
2014, Ivo Van Hove, UK, 137 min.
"Breaks the surly bonds of naturalism and the conventions of a well-made play to create a work of seething intensity and savage beauty…a great, freshly-minted production of a modern classic.” — Charles Spencer, Telegraph
"A meticulously conceived production that reinvents Miller without ever getting in the way of the view.” — Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
This stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong (THE IMITATION GAME; TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY) and Best Director for Ivo van Hove. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But, when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret — one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2015, Lyndsey Turner, UK, 186 min. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Sian Brooke.
“A blazing, five-star Hamlet.” — Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
“One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever.” — Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s "Sherlock," THE IMITATION GAME) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, directed by Lyndsey Turner ("Posh," "Chimerica"). 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)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
2017, David Leveaux, UK, 200 min. With Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire.
“Fizzes with life…the casting is clever.” — Susannah Clapp, Observer
“Leveaux’s cast serve the high-brow antics and music-hall larks, the nods to Beckett and hints of Beyond the Fringe brilliantly.” — Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
Against the backdrop of "Hamlet," two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. Daniel Radcliffe (HARRY POTTER, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), Joshua McGuire (THE HOUR) and David Haig (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, marking the 50th anniversary of the work that made the young playwright a name overnight. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2017, Simon Stone, UK, 120 min. With Billie Piper, Brendan Cowell.
“Billie Piper is earth-quaking in the title role.” — Susannah Clapp, Guardian
“An arena for Billie Piper to deliver a performance of career-defining horror…fearless, furious, wildly funny.” — Johan Persson, Time Out London
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax. Critics call it “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” (The Times) and “stunning, searing, unmissable” (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as “spellbinding’ (Evening Standard), “astonishing” (iNews) and “devastatingly powerful” (Daily Telegraph). DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2017, James Macdonald, UK, 207 min. With Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill.
“One of the greatest feats of acting I have witnessed.” — Paul Taylor, Independent
“Most wickedly entertaining, most viciously nasty, most incrementally harrowing…central to the shut-up-and-listen, sit-up-and-watch power of the piece is Imelda Staunton.” — Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. Imelda Staunton (VERA DRAKE), Conleth Hill (GAME OF THRONES, THE PRODUCERS), Luke Treadaway (THE HOLLOW CROWN), and Imogen Poots (JANE EYRE) star in this new production of Albee’s landmark play. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2016, Sally Cookson, UK, 170 min. With Paul Hilton, Madeleine Worrall.
“Unforgettable moments of both ecstasy and eeriness…the keynote of this production is spirited exuberance.” — Michael Billington, Guardian
“Steps out and soars…full of childlike wonder.” — Alice Saville, Time Out London
All children grow up, except one... When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live’s JANE EYRE) directs this wondrously inventive production of J.M. Barrie's beloved play, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2017, Ivo van Hove, UK, 127 min. With Jude Law, Halina Reijn.
“A psychological study in erotic obsession…the sex is much more explicit than in the [Visconti] film, and the two lead actors go at it with a vengeance.” — Michael Billington, Guardian
“Law smolders…that manly-boyish, angel-devil aura, which makes you follow him, fixate on his every restless, prowling move.” — Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. Ivo van Hove (NT Live's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, HEDDA GABLER) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film, starring Jude Law (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, "The Young Pope"). DCP Digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2017, Yaël Farber, UK, 120 min. With Isabella Nefar, Ramzi Choukair.
“Imposingly ritualistic, and spiritually intense…it looks amazing.” — Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
The story has been told before, but never like this: an occupied desert nation; a radical from the wilderness on hunger strike; a girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production. (Description courtesy of NT Live)