Celebrating the best of British Theatre
On the day after Billie Piper was awarded an Olivier Award for Best Actress for Yerma, a play that also won an Olivier award last night for Best Revival, we are delighted to announce we will be showing Yerma as a live broadcast at the Pavilion on Thursday 14 September.
The roll-call of the best of British acting continues with a live broadcast of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe on Thursday 20 April and an NT Encore Twelfth Night starring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity on Saturday 22 April.
Other broadcasts include RSC Live Julius Caesar on Wednesday 26 April where Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.
On Thursday 11 May Jude Law stars in the new stage adaptation of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre and on Thursday 18 May see Imelda Staunton in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
On Saturday 10 June the Pavilion will be showing their first matinee production of NT Encore Peter Pan – perfect treat for all the family.
On Wednesday 9 August don’t miss the RSC Live production of Titus Andronicus – The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.
For four years now the De La Warr Pavilion introduced National Theatre Live and RSC Live events for theatre lovers who enjoy the live theatre experience but cannot go to London to watch the shows of their choice. We are most popular venue in the South East for this work because, unlike the cinemas, you are actually watching the plays in a real theatre.
The project launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren and has since broadcast more than forty other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK.
The De La Warr Pavilion introduced the NT Live broadcasts in 2013 and has since screened some of their best, award-winning and popular productions including Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; War Horse; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes; Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson and Saint Joan with Gemma Arterton.
Live Broadcasts from other UK theatres include Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse; A View from the Bridge from the Young Vic; Macbeth from the Manchester International Festival; and Hangmen and The Audience from London’s West End. The NT Live biggest single broadcast to date screened live at the Pavilion is Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican, which was seen by over 550,000 people simultaneously.
How do they do it?
Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.
Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live to cinemas throughout the UK, as well as many European venues. Some of the productions have been so popular that they have come back for an “Encore” – recorded live in the first instance and re-played ”as live” on its return.
The screenings at the Pavilion attract a lot of local audiences who always have an amazing time. Many people say they prefer it to live theatre as the cameras concentrate on close-ups and different angles that you would not see if you were at the theatre itself, and the fact that the broadcast gets a round of applause at the curtain call indicates how much people have suspended their disbelief at not being at the National Theatre! Tickets cost £14 and £12 for DLWP Members, concessions, and students.
For more information visit www.dlwp.comPosted by Laura Sayers on Monday 10 April 2017