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TIC at Northwestern Goes Global

Best of British theatre to be broadcast at Evanston campus theaters

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September 27, 2011 | by Judy Moore

TIC is partnering with National Theatre Live (NT Live) in a groundbreaking initiative that will give Chicago and North Shore audiences access to seven to eight highly praised National Theatre productions, including the critically acclaimed “One Man, One Guvnors,” starring James Corden on Oct. 4, and the classic dark comedy “The Kitchen” on Oct. 25.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- No need to buy a plane ticket to London to enjoy top British plays. The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University is “bringing the best British theatre” to the Evanston campus, starting this fall.

As a brand new type of programming that will run throughout the year, TIC is partnering with National Theatre Live (NT Live) in a groundbreaking initiative that will give Chicago and North Shore audiences access to seven to eight highly-praised National Theatre productions, including the critically acclaimed “One Man, One Guvnors,” starring James Corden on Oct. 4, and the classic dark comedy “The Kitchen” on Oct. 25.

One of only three Illinois venues presenting these exciting works, the National Theatre Live broadcasts walks the line between theatre and film, providing an experience that transports audiences to theatres around the globe and always provides the best seat in the house. Four broadcasts have been scheduled at TIC, with three to four more to be announced later this fall.

“TIC’s mission is to create opportunities for our students and audiences to experience entertaining and provocative theatre that represents the best of what is happening on stage locally, throughout Chicago, in New York and around the world,” said TIC Managing Director Diane Claussen. “Our first partnership with the National Theatre of London on a broadcast series offers an extraordinary opportunity to see highly-skilled actors working with internationally acclaimed directors, including the National’s own Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, putting their original artistic print on classics and new works alike.”

National Theatre Live is presented in partnership with Aviva and By Experience and sponsored by Arts Council England. The TIC’s broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The National Theatre Live Evanston campus showings listed below will take place in the Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, or the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, as noted. Single tickets for each showing are $20; groups of eight or more are $18. Subscriptions for the four broadcasts currently scheduled are $64.

“One Man, Two Guvnors,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, Josephine Louis Theater. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner and starring James Corden (“The History Boys”), “One Man, Two Guvnors” is a comedy set in 1963 England based on “The Servant of Two Masters.” The production was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “one of the funniest productions in the National's history” and "the feel good hit of the summer."

“The Kitchen,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Josephine Louis Theater. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant in 1950s London, the orders for a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelets and fruit flans are piling up. Amid the clamor of the kitchen, all is on the brink of collapse. Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and has since been performed in more than 30 countries. Directed by National Theatre Associate Director Bijan Sheibani, “The Kitchen” puts the workplace center stage in a dark, humorous examination.

“Collaborators,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, Josephine Louis Theater. “Collaborators” is a new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of “Trainspotting,” “Shallow Grave,” “The Beach”), directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner. The play centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, who is best known for his novel “The Master and Margarita”). Alex Jennings (“The Habit of Art”) plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (“London Assurance”) portrays Stalin.

“The Comedy of Errors,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Ethel M. Barber Theater. London’s celebrated Royal Court Theatre director Dominic Cooke will direct Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” in late November starring United Kingdom comedian and actor Lenny Henry as Antipholus of Syracuse.

For tickets, or more information, visit www.tic.northwestern.edu or call the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.