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.
As You Like It
2015, Polly Findlay, UK, 180 min. With Rosalie Craig, Patsy Ferran.
"Joyous … a sense of magical otherness." – Michael Billington, The Guardian
"Endearingly eccentric … brilliantly natural, fresh, and bang up to date." – Alice Saville, Time Out London
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
Presented in partnership with Shakespeare 400 Chicago.
2017, Nicholas Hytner, UK, 162 min. With Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris.
“A seriously clever comedy…riotous fun.” — Christopher Hart, The Times
“Pungent jokes mingle with scenes of feverish political debate…confident and luxuriously cast…high Marx.” — Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
The year is 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in London’s Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless, and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions, and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels (Chris) in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s no one who can show you a better pub crawl than Karl Heinrich Marx (Kinnear). (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2015, Bryony Lavery, UK, 180 min. With Patsy Ferran, Arthur Darvill, Helena Lymbery.
"A big mad scary gothic feminist coming-of-age panto, anchored by stupendous special effects – and a plucky hero who’s actually a heroine.” – Caroline McGinn, Time Out London
"Technical whizzery abounds ... many visual treats.” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest full of secrets. Jim invites him in--and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for 10 years +. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live.)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
2017, Benedict Andrews, UK, 187 min. With Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell, Colm Meaney
"A searing Sienna Miller sexes up this powerful play to perfection." - Christopher Hart, The Times
"Brilliant, lacerating…unforgettable." - Paul Taylor, Independent
Following his 2014 smash hit production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," Benedict Andrews revives Tennessee Williams' masterpiece "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy (Meaney). The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick (O'Connell) and Maggie (Miller) dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real - and which will win out? (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2017, Nicholas Hytner, UK, 135 min. With David Calder, David Morrissey.
"Viscerally exciting and intellectually subtle…politically urgent." - Michael Billington, Guardian
"Pugnaciously contemporary…a pulse-quickening political tragedy." - Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
Caesar (Calder of THE LOST CITY OF Z) returns in triumph to Rome, and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capitol. Nicolas Hytner's production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar's return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral, and the chaos that explodes in its wake. A stellar cast includes Ben Whishaw (THE DANISH GIRL, SKYFALL) as Brutus; Michelle Fairley (GAME OF THRONES) as Cassius; and David Morrissey (THE MISSING, THE WALKING DEAD) as Mark Antony. No intermission. Please note: contains some strobe lighting. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2017, Rufus Norris, UK, 210 min. With Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff.
"Starts with a bang, brutal and dynamic…scavengers fighting for power in a ramshackle, post-apocalyptic world." - Demetrios Matheou, Hollywood Reporter
"Suggesting both gothic drama and modern decay…stays just on the side of chilling." - Holly Williams, The Independent
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare's most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris ("The Threepenny Opera," "London Road"), sees Rory Kinnear ("Young Marx") and Anne-Marie Duff (SUFFRAGETTE) play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Note: Contains scenes of a violent nature. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime
2017, Nick Wickham, UK, 177 min. With Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack.
"Lit up by Luke Treadaway's vivid central performance…mixing pedantic defiance with gut-churning vulnerability." - Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
"Riveting, emotional, intensely theatrical…nothing short of a triumph." - David Benedict, Variety
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. Recipient of seven Oliver and five Tony Awards. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
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)