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.
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)
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)