National Theatre to broadcast The Seagull, The Crucible and Othello in cinemas

The National Theatre has announced three new productions that will be broadcast to cinemas.

National Theatre Live will see the trio of shows available to audiences in the UK and beyond this winter.

First up in November 2022 is Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of love and loneliness in The Seagull, adapted by Anya Reiss for The Jamie Lloyd Company.

Featuring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) in her West End debut, Jamie Lloyd directs following his Olivier award-winning production of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Emilia Clarke said: “We are so excited to share The Seagull with audiences around the world through National Theatre Live. Bringing theatre to a wider audience is incredibly meaningful to me and I hope you’ll join us to see The Seagull unveiled on the big screen this autumn!”

January 2023 will see Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma), returning in an urgent and contemporary new staging by director, Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet), and designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy).

And in February 2023 will be Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, Othello. Leading the cast are Giles Terera (Hamilton) as Othello, Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) as Desdemona and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) as Iago, in an extraordinary new production directed by Clint Dyer (Death of England: Parts 1, 2 and 3).

The productions join the NT Live’s current programme, including the sell-out Prima Facie, featuring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) in a standout performance, in partnership with Empire Street Productions, from 21 July.

Followed by Much Ado About Nothing, with Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) as Beatrice and Benedick, broadcast live from the National Theatre on 8 September; and Jack Absolute Flies Again, a rollicking new production with Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Guilty Party), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale), from 6 October.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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