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.
Angels in America
2017, Marianne Elliott, UK. With Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough.
“Intellectually dazzling, quirky, often downright bizarre…a start to finish sensation.” — Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
“A true theatrical epic…a courageous revival, underpinned by piercingly authentic performances.” — Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
America in the mid-1980s is in the midst of the AIDS crisis and under a conservative Reagan administration, as New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of Tony Kushner’s award-winning two-part play stars Andrew Garfield (SILENCE, HACKSAW RIDGE) as Prior Walter, and includes Denise Gough (PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS), Nathan Lane (THE PRODUCERS), James McArdle (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), and Russell Tovey (THE PASS). DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2007, Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, UK, 190 min. With Luke Treadaway, Angus Wright.
“Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.” — Daily Telegraph
“So exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive…sweeping drama of extraordinary power.” — The Times
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, WAR HORSE takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NOTE: There will be a 10-minute intermission.
2013, Stephen Daldry, UK, 180 min. With Helen Mirren.
- Sat, Aug 27th 2:15pm
"Hugely enjoyable … Helen Mirren makes THE AUDIENCE a royal night out." — Paul Taylor, The Independent
"Seductive and delicious … peppered with humor, pathos and satire." — Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren in an award-winning performance) 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 Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and right up to present day, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Written by Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (BILLY ELLIOTT, THE HOURS). (Description courtesy of NT Live)
No Man's Land
2016, Sean Mathias, UK, 178 min. With Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart.
“Perfect Pinter…a true masterpiece.” — Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
“Two actors who still live up to their legend nailing one of the great works of a playwright who still lives up to his.” — Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s comic classic. One summer’s evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
One Man, Two Guvnors
2011, Nicholas Hytner, UK, 180 min. With James Corden, Jemima Rooper, Oliver Chris.
"The real secret of the production is the clown jewel performance of James Corden…grown men were reduced to sobbing puddles of hilarity." — Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
"Both satanic and seraphic, dirty-minded and utterly innocent…letting loose and neutralizing all sorts of demons, it’s ideal escapism for anxious times." — Ben Brantley, The New York Times
In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldini’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food, and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall (Corden) becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe (Rooper), a smalltime East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers (Chris). Holed up at The Cricketer’s Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance for an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stubbers. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2015, Ivo van Hove, UK, 210 min. With Ruth Wilson, Kyle Soller.
“One of the performances and productions of the year.” — Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
“Incandescent…Wilson is phenomenal: her Hedda is part sneering hipster, part destructive zealot.” — Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free… Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove ("A View from the Bridge") returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson ("Luther," "The Affair," "Jane Eyre") plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber ("Notes on a Scandal," "Closer"). DCP digital. Description courtesy of NT Live.
2012, Danny Boyle, UK, 120 min. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller.
“The show is a thrill…viscerally exciting and visually stunning.” — Charles Spencer, Telegraph
“Does it live up to its billing? The answer is an almighty ‘yes.’” — Time Out London
Written by Nick Dear and directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s 'Sherlock,' THE IMITATION GAME) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s 'Elementary,' TRAINSPOTTING) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
Note: Both versions will screen. Miller plays Victor Frankenstein and Cumberbatch the creature on Saturday; Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein and Miller the creature on Sunday.
2016, Matthew Dunster, UK, min.
"Savagely funny with hints of farce to sweeten the menace … a vicious, funny play, stained with nicotine and nihilism." – David Calhoun, Time Out London
"Hilarious … the best new play of the year." – Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph
Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh ("The Pillowman," "The Cripple of Inishmaan," IN BRUGES) returns to London’s West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Among the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
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)