Wednesday, June 17, 2015

National Theatre Productions at the Cedar Lee Theatre including Helen Mirren in The Audience

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
 
The Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Hts.) is proud to continue its presentations in partnership with National Theatre Live to bring some of the most acclaimed London productions to Cleveland.
 
With an incredible line-up of plays featuring Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated performers the upcoming schedule is the most star-studded to date. In addition to several exciting new productions, two of the most popular titles will be returning for encore presentations. Both The Audience (starring Helen Mirren) and Coriolanus (starring Tom Hiddleston) are back by popular demand.
 
Upcoming productions are as follows:
 
THE AUDIENCE (encore presentations) – Starring Helen Mirren
Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 27th at 11:00 AM
Sunday, June 28th at 11:00 AM
Winner of two Tony Awards® including Best Actress, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award® win for the same role in The Queen. Encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.
 
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
 
From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
 
EVERYMAN – starring Chiwetel Ejiofor
Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 9th at 11:00 AM
BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).
 
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.
 
One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.
 
 
THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM
Sunday, October 4th at 11:00 AM 
Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM
Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.
 
The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
 
Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.
 
But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.
 
 
 
HAMLET – starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Sunday, November 1st at 11:00 AM 
Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
 
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will present this eagerly awaited production in cinemas.
 
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 
 
 
CORIOLANUS (encore presentations) – starring Tom Hiddleston
Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 22nd at 11:00 AM
National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand.
 
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter De Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Elliot Levey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen Schlesinger, Mark Stanley and Dwane Walcott.
 
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
 
 
Tickets are $20 and are on sale 60 days before each performance at the theatre box office or online at www.clevelandcinemas.com.
 
NT Live events are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience, Inc, the pioneer of global live “alternative content” digital cinema events.  For more information visit www.byexperience.net.

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