A luscious looking period drama exploring the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her tempestuous relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write the novel Frankenstein' channeling her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
A British drama in which a single mother and her teenage daughter move to a new town, with a hope for a better life, finding instead their relationship strained. Both beautiful and heart-breaking it portrays the psychological damage wrought by bullying at all ages.
Outstanding animated feature about a young Afghan girl's growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. A beautifully realised ode to resilience under oppression and the imaginative power of storytelling, adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis.93 mins.
A captivating documentary reflecting on the changing relationship that the British have with their land told through rare and unseen footage from the BFI National Archive. A rich poetic essay of wonder, hope and horror with a magnificent soundtrack by Portishead's Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp's Will Gregory.
Ethan Hawke shines as a troubled priest who spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife. A gripping and thought-provoking examination of the mind's vulnerability to extremist thought.
A witty drama following a long-term bickering gay couple forced into adulthood by the sudden arrival of an emotionally challenging grandson. A delightful and honest comedy fuelled by Steve Coogan and Paul Rodd's highly entertaining performances.
Dir: Ol Parker, US, 2018,
Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried
10 years after the phenomenal success of Mamma Mia ! get ready to sing, dance, laugh and love as we return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi with the original cast and others, including Cher, for another celebration of the songs of ABBA.
by Polly Stenham
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
By William Shakespeare
**** ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
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.