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We bring the best of stage to cinemas across Canada! You’ll see productions from London’s West End and National Theatre to Comédie Française from Paris, Stratford Festival in Ontario and New York’s Broadway.

The King and I

Cast

Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Dean John-Wilson, Na-Young Jeon, Takao Osawa, Edward Baker-Duly, Annalene Beechey

Director

Bartlett Sher

Choreography

Christopher Gatelli

Music

Richard Rodgers

Lyrics

Oscar Hammerstein II

Synopsis

The much-loved musical tells the story of an unconventional and tempestuous relationship which develops between the King of Siam and Anna. After the huge success of the Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, the production extended its engagement for a final three weeks to Saturday 29th September at London's iconic Palladium, where this cinema broadcast was filmed. Starring 'Broadway's undisputed Queen' (The Sunday Times) Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Light in the Piazza) stealing the show in the role of a lifetime as Ann Leonowens and Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha) playing the part of the King of Siam.

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Antony and Cleopatra - National Theatre Live

Cast

Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo

Director

Simon Godwin

Synopsis

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.

Live

Encore

The Madness of George III - National Theatre Live
by Alan Bennett

Cast

Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough

Director

Adam Penford

Synopsis

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be 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. Running time: approx. 210 minutes.

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I'm Not Running - National Theatre Live
by David Hare

Cast

Sian Brooke

Director

Neil Armfield

Synopsis

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre. 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? Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

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Coriolanus
Stratford Festival on Film

Playwright

William Shakespeare

Cast

André Sills, Graham Abbey, Michael Blake, Tom McCamus

Director

Barry Avrich (film)

Robert Lepage (stage)

Synopsis

The Stratford Festival’s “riveting” and “exhilarating” (The New York Times) production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, has been called “the show of the decade … a landmark production for the Stratford Festival. Maybe for William Shakespeare, too” (The Globe and Mail), and “the greatest contemporary staging of this play that I have ever seen” (Chicago Tribune).

The production stars André Sills, “a magnetic and imposing actor” (The New York Times), with a stellar cast delivering “performances that send shivers down the spine” (The Globe and Mail). Lepage takes the story of the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.

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Cyrano de Bergerac (French w/e.s.t.)
Comédie-Française

Playwright

Edmond Rostand

Cast

The Troupe and the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française

Director

Denis Podalydès

Synopsis

Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves... “When we, comedians of la Comédie-Française, stage plays, we consciously feel this desire to show off this theatre of ours, to show everyone why we love it and why we want to be here.” With these words in mind, award-winning director, stage and cinema actor Denis Podalydès takes over the historical stage. Opera buffa, tragedy, romantic drama, symbolist poetry, slapstick comedy… all genres are called upon to give life to this staging of one of the most emblematic texts of the French repertoire!

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Tragedy of King Richard the Second
by William Shakespeare

Cast

Simon Russell Beale

Director

Joe Hill-Gibbons

Synopsis

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.

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Twelfth Night (French w/e.s.t.)
Comédie-Française

Playwright

William Shakespeare

Cast

The Troupe and the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française

Director

Thomas Ostermeier

Synopsis

Having survived a shipwreck, Viola arrives in Illyria where, to protect herself, she disguises herself as a man and takes on the name of Cesario. She then enters the service of Duke Orsino who, charmed by her, makes her his page and tasks her with transmitting his love to the Countess Olivia. But Cesario/Viola, secretly attracted to the Duke, excels so well in her mission that the Countess is swept away by her ardour. Known for stagings that combine fidelity to the dramatic situation with freedom of interpretation, Thomas Ostermeier highlights, through this amorous plot revolving around disguised identities, how bewildering the awakening of desire can be and how confusing the question of gender. This is his first production at the Comédie-Française.

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The Tempest
Stratford Festival on Film

Playwright

William Shakespeare

Cast

Martha Henry, Graham Abbey, Michael Blake, Sébastien Heins

Director

Barry Avrich (film)

Antoni Cimolino (stage)

Synopsis

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times) directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “The real magic and grandeur come from Martha Henry as Prospero” (The New York Times). She is “one of the true greats” (Chicago Tribune), giving a performance full of “passion and power” (The Globe and Mail). “She’s riveting from her first moments on stage” (Postmedia). “The poetry emerging from her lips is something to behold” (Now Magazine). This “elegant production” (amNewYork) is “embarrassed with fine performances” (Toronto Star). Befitting the play’s origins as the original sci-fi story, the production features “spectacular stagecraft” (Postmedia) and is filled with “giant monsters and sparkling special effects” (The Globe and Mail). “Seeing it is a joy” (Toronto Star).

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Presentations may not be available at all participating theatres for all advertised dates.