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I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
André Sills, Graham Abbey, Michael Blake, Tom McCamus
Barry Avrich (film)
Robert Lepage (stage)
The Stratford Festival’s “riveting” and “exhilarating” (The New York Times) production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, has been called “the show of the decade … a landmark production for the Stratford Festival. Maybe for William Shakespeare, too” (The Globe and Mail), and “the greatest contemporary staging of this play that I have ever seen” (Chicago Tribune). The production stars André Sills, “a magnetic and imposing actor” (The New York Times), with a stellar cast delivering “performances that send shivers down the spine” (The Globe and Mail). Lepage takes the story of the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.
The Troupe and the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française
Having survived a shipwreck, Viola arrives in Illyria where, to protect herself, she disguises herself as a man and takes on the name of Cesario. She then enters the service of Duke Orsino who, charmed by her, makes her his page and tasks her with transmitting his love to the Countess Olivia. But Cesario/Viola, secretly attracted to the Duke, excels so well in her mission that the Countess is swept away by her ardour. Known for stagings that combine fidelity to the dramatic situation with freedom of interpretation, Thomas Ostermeier highlights, through this amorous plot revolving around disguised identities, how bewildering the awakening of desire can be and how confusing the question of gender. This is his first production at the Comédie-Française.
Martha Henry, Graham Abbey, Michael Blake, Sébastien Heins
Barry Avrich (film)
Antoni Cimolino (stage)
“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times) directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “The real magic and grandeur come from Martha Henry as Prospero” (The New York Times). She is “one of the true greats” (Chicago Tribune), giving a performance full of “passion and power” (The Globe and Mail). “She’s riveting from her first moments on stage” (Postmedia). “The poetry emerging from her lips is something to behold” (Now Magazine). This “elegant production” (amNewYork) is “embarrassed with fine performances” (Toronto Star). Befitting the play’s origins as the original sci-fi story, the production features “spectacular stagecraft” (Postmedia) and is filled with “giant monsters and sparkling special effects” (The Globe and Mail). “Seeing it is a joy” (Toronto Star).
Joseph L Mankiewicz
Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove
Gillian Anderson, Lily James
Ivo van Hove
Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. All About Eve is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
Photographs: Gillian Anderson by Pari Dukovic and Lily James by Perou. Design: Bob King Creative.
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
based on the novel by Andrea Levy
Leah Harvey, Trevor Laird
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story. Filmed live in front of an audience.
Image (Leah Harvey) by Franklyn Rodgers
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