Many of you may be familiar with Great Britain’s Royal National Theatre and their program of sharing their stage performances with the rest of the world via “simulcast” showings in cinemas and movie theatres. Here is their description of the program (from their home site):
National Theatre Live is the National Theatre of Great Britain’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the stage to local cinemas around the world.
Each performance is filmed in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 500 venues in more than 20 countries.
The National Theatre stages over 20 new shows a year at its London home. Recent successes have included Tony Award-winning War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors, which have since become international smash-hit productions, transferring to Broadway and beyond.
Many people, including members of our department, have expressed a desire to bring this series of live—and “encore”—performances to Bloomington (the nearest venues are at Notre Dame or in Chicago, Evanston, or Cleveland), and on Sunday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m., that is exactly what will happen when the IU Cinema screens the NT’s production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s THE MAGISTRATE, a terrific comedy starring John Lithgow which was originally broadcast last month.
This is a “test case,” as the IU Cinema puts it, “to see if there is an interest in these encore broadcasts in Bloomington,” so it will be important to have a healthy number of people attending.
The early 6:30 start time will make it possible to see THE MAGISTRATE and drive home to catch most of the Oscars, which begins broadcasting that evening at 8:30.
The Department of Theatre and Drama is partnering with IU Cinema to present THE MAGISTRATE, and we invite you to enjoy a lovely production by the National Theatre of an almost timeless Victorian farce. (Students: $12; Public: $15)
Time Out: “The Magistrate is a hoot.” londonist.com: “a rich ensemble piece;… there’s much to enjoy here.” Mail Online: “a rattling pace… you have a Victorian corker of a show.”