Dir: Kogonada, US, 2017, 104 mins
John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey
Unique hypnotic drama set amongst the modernist landmarks in the unassuming town of Colombus, following a young woman and an older man who bond over discussions of its architecture. A sublime portrait of the relationship between people and their environment with an architect’s attention to detail.
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson, UK, 2018, 111 mins
Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling
Following the success of Room (2015), director Lenny Abrahamson returns with this adaptation of the novel by Sarah Waters. Following the Second World War, a doctor returns to practise in his home village and becomes heavily involved with a local family. A meticulously crafted drama infused with a gothic air.
The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. (210 mins)
Dir: Mike Leigh, UK, 2018, 154 mins
Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh shines once again in his portrayal of the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, when British forces charged into, and killed, peaceful protesters demanding democratic reform in Manchester. A passionate and uncompromising look at one of the bloodiest and least known episodes in British history.
Dir: Robert Schwentke, Ger/Pol, 2017, 119 mins, German dialogue with subtitles
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
World War II drama based on the true story of Willy Herold, the Executioner of Emplaned, who, after deserting the German army nds a Nazi captain’s uniform and subsequently pretends to be a soldier of that rank. A thought-provoking parable of how even the smallest people can become corrupted when suddenly given authoritarian power to wield.
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
Tickets £14/£10 (25 & under)
By David Hare
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?