Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of ... See full summary »
Tim Van Someren
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem... See full summary »
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When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries widow Agatha, little does he realise she's lopped five years off her age - and her son's. When her deception looks set to be revealed, ... See full summary »
The former Weismann's Follies girls return to their old theatre one last time. At the core of the story are two married couples on the brink of collapse. As the night goes on, egos are unleashed, lies are exposed, and secrets are revealed.
Tim Van Someren
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of Rome.
Celebrating 50 years of performances and broadcast live on BBC2 is a celebration of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
The National Theatre has always has its ups and down and courted controversy even from the days when Lord Laurence Olivier headed it.
This was a two and half hour live show with a Who's Who of British Theatre. Among the cast and performing live, Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith.
Highlights were excerpts from the variety of plays put on by the National Theatre. For me Ralph Fiennes stepping into the shoes of Anthony Hopkins in Pravda was magnificent.
Christopher Eccleston stepping into the shoes of John Thaw in The Absence of War was compelling.
There was a nice turn from James Corden for One man, Two guvnors, as well as Helen Mirren in Mourning becomes Electra. The controversial Jerry Springer: The Opera also recreated a scene.
The performances were so good it was hard to believe these excerpts were being performed live and broadcast. A televisual treat.
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