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More National Theatre Broadcasts Added

Northwestern continues remote viewing partnership with London's National Theatre

December 14, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In continued partnership with the National Theatre in London, two new broadcasts have been added to the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s National Theatre Live (NT Live) season.

Recently tacked on to TIC’s 2011-12 NT Live Evanston campus series is a Feb. 28 broadcast of “Travelling Light,” a new play by Nicholas Wright, and an April 24 showing of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy, “She Stoops to Conquer.” TIC’s present season will include one to two more broadcasts still to be announced for spring 2012

The National Theatre Live series is part of a groundbreaking initiative to give Chicago and North Shore audiences on-screen access to highly praised National Theatre stage productions. TIC is one of only three Illinois venues presenting these exciting high-definition programs, which walk the line between theatre and film and transport audiences to theatres around the globe.

Among the October TIC broadcasts were the critically acclaimed London West End production of the slapstick comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which opens on Broadway April 18, and Arnold Wesker’s dark comedy “The Kitchen.”

“At the first two broadcasts, several patrons came up to me at intermission and talked about National Theatre productions they saw while traveling in London,” said TIC Managing Director Diane Claussen. “They are thrilled to be able to enjoy an entire season of the ‘best of British theatre’ without traveling further than our Evanston campus.”

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.

Details of the National Theatre Live Evanston campus showings as currently scheduled appear below. All broadcasts will take place either 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; individual tickets for groups of eight or more are $18. Subscriptions for four broadcasts are available for $64.

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


 “Collaborators,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, Josephine Louis Theater. Set in 1938 Moscow -- a dangerous place to have a sense of humor and, even more so, a sense of freedom -- the play centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, (best known for his novel “The Master and Margarita”). Bulgakov, who lives among dissidents and is stalked by secret police, is offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his 60th birthday. Inspired by historical fact, this blistering new play by John Hodge (“Trainspotting,” “Shallow Grave”) depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner and featuring Alex Jennings (“The Habit of Art”) as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (“London Assurance”) as Stalin.

(New addition) “Travelling Light,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Josephine Louis Theater. In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of storytelling. Forty years later, Motl -- now a famed American film director -- looks back on his early life and the cost of fulfilling his dreams. A new play by Nicholas Wright, “Travelling Light” is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner and featuring Antony Sher (“Primo,” “Stanley”).

 “The Comedy of Errors,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Ethel M. Barber Theater. Shakespeare’s fast paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home, a land where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. Directed by Dominic Cooke and featuring United Kingdom comedian and actor Lenny Henry as Antipholus.

(New addition) “She Stoops to Conquer,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Josephine Louis Theater. Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he is mistaken by his prospective son-in-law, Marlow, for an innkeeper and his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is that while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality, he’s a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” celebrates chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Directed by Jamie Lloyd.

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