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)
NT Live: Small Island
2019, Rufus Norris, UK, 200 min.
With Leah Harvey, Gershwin Eustace Jr.
“Momentous theater…paints an unforgettable picture.”—Michael Billington, Guardian
“Dazzling…a mix of naturalism and playfulness and fine ensemble playing from a 40-strong cast.”—Kate Kellaway, Observer
Timely and moving, SMALL ISLAND embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948. Based on Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel, this epic new theater adaptation follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense (Harvey) yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica. Gilbert (Eustace) dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie (Aisling Loftus) longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. Note: Strong and racially offensive language is used at times, reflecting the play’s historical accuracy. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy
2019, Sam Mendes, UK, 210 min.
With Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles
“Magnificent…unfolds a tale of extravagant wealth with an even more dazzling economy of means.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside, dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: Fleabag
2019, Vicky Jones, UK, 88 min.
With Phoebe Waller-Bridge
“A performance showcase for Waller-Bridge. She’s a fabulous actor and a true stage animal.”—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A must-see...the material is so good and enduring that even those familiar with the series will find themselves laughing as if they were hearing it all for the first time.”—Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
This hilarious, award-winning one-woman show that inspired BBC’s hit TV series is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag (Waller-Bridge) may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain, and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, she suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: Hansard
2019, Simon Godwin, UK, ca. 100 min.
With Alex Jennings, Lindsay Duncan
“Elegant, incisive…performances simply take the breath away.”—Sarah Crompton, What’s On Stage
In this witty and devastating portrait of the ruling class by Simon Woods, it’s a summer’s morning in 1988, and Tory politician Robin Hesketh (Jennings) has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with Diana (Duncan), his wife of 30 years. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as a gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: A Midsummer's Night Dream
2019, Nicholas Hytner, UK, 197 min.
With Gwendolyn Christie, Oliver Chris
“Wild, immersive and original…five stars might not be enough.”—Kate Kellaway, Observer
“A feverish disco dream…fabulously performed and inclusive to its marrow.”—Claire Allfree, Metro
A feuding king and queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles mistaken identities and transformations, with hilarious but dark consequences. The stage becomes a forest—a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs, and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
NT Live: All My Sons
2019, Jeremy Herrin, UK, 173 min.
With Bill Pullman, Sally Field
“In an era of fake news and moral uncertainty, this fine production of Arthur Miller’s play rings as true as ever.”—Michael Billington, Guardian
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe (Pullman of THE SINNER, INDEPENDENCE DAY) and Kate Keller (Field of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Brothers & Sisters) are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long-buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
2015, Lyndsey Turner, UK, 210 min.
With Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, THE IMITATION GAME) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. 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)
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)