Dominic Cooper as Hippolytus and Helen Mirren as Phedre in the National Theatre\'s \"Phedre.\"

Review: Phédre

Second Season: National Theatre Live

Angelika screenings begin this week, with Helen Mirren as Phédre. Season also features Derek Jacobi and Zöe Wanamaker.

published Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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London's National Theatre has announced its second season of National Theatre Live, in which its stage productions are filmed lived and then screened at movie theaters across the globe. In Dallas, the season kicks off with an encore of Jean Racine's Phédre, starring Helen Mirren in the title role, at both Angelika Film Centers.

The second season features six titles (in North Texas, there will be two screenings of each at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, then two at the Angelika Film Center Plano. The first season was viewed by more than 165,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. The second season will also feature productions not filmed at the National's Olivier Theatre, and productions from other theater companies, including the Donmar Warehouse.

Here's the second season schedule:

  • Phédre by Jean Racine, adapted by Ted Hughes, and starring Helen Mirren, Dominic Cooper and Margaret Tyzack. 7 p.m. Sept. 29 & 30 at Angelika Plano; 2 p.m. Oct. 3 & 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Angelika Dallas. (This first showing was at the Plano venue first, and then Dallas; but all the others are Dallas first, then Plano.)
  • A Disappearing Number, NT Live's first venture outside London, is a play conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, and performed by the theater company Complicite, filmed at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. The play weaves the stories of two love affairs, separated by a century and a continent. The first one is in the present, and the second is in 1914 between the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and British mathematician Cambridge don G.H. Hardy. 7 p.m. Oct. 20 & 21 at Angelika Dallas; 2pm Oct. 24 & 7pm Oct. 26 at Angelika Plano.
  • Hamlet, with Rory Kinnear as the Dane. The cast also includes Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). Directed by Nicholas Hytner. 7 p.m. Dec. 15 & 16 at Angelika Dallas; 2 p.m. Jan. 5 & 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Angelika Plano.
  • Fela!, the recent Tony-nominated Broadway musical about Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T Jones’s Tony Award-winning choreography, this original new creation comes via Broadway to the National Theatre. Sahr Ngaujah (who won an Obie Award for his performance as Fela Kuti) will lead a new cast for the London production. 7 p.m. Jan. 19 & 20 at Angelika Dallas; 2 p.m. Jan. 23 & 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Angelika Plano.
  • King Lear, a production from the Donmar Warehouse, with Derek Jacobi as Lear, directed by Michael Grandage. 7 p.m. Feb. 9 & 10, 2011, at Angelika Dallas; 2 p.m. Feb. 13 & 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Angelika Plano.
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a new production from Danny Boyle (film director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire). 7 p.m. Mar. 23 & 24 at Angelika Dallas; 2 p.m. March 27 & 7 p.m. March 29 at Angelika Plano.
  • Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by Howard Davies, with Zoë Wanamaker as Madame Ranevskaya. 7 p.m. July 6 & 7 at Angelika Dallas; 2 p.m. Jul. 10 & 7 p.m. July 12 at Angelika Plano.
 Thanks For Reading


Mark Lowry writes:
Tuesday, October 19 at 11:15AM

Please note that this article was amended on Oct. 19. With the exception of the first screening, "Phedre," all of these NT Live films will be at the Angelika Dallas first, and then the Angelika Plano.

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