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National Theatre Live

 2020/2021 Season

Season Sponsors: Drs. Troy and Amy Brumfield · Todd and Gina Stevenson

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally. Direct from the stage in London to the screen in the Colonial Theater, don't miss this chance to see star-studded, world-class theater. 

All shows begin at 7:00 with a preshow and introduction by Dr. Karen Leibert at 6:30pm.

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IFAC Member: $16
General: $20
Student: $12


One Man, Two Guvnors

September 12, 2020

Colonial Theater • 6:30pm

by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

Sponsored by: Drs. Troy and Amy Brumfield

Present Laughter

October 10, 2020

Colonial Theater • 6:30pm

by Noël Coward

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.



All My Sons

Postponed • Check back for new date

Colonial Theater • 6:30pm

by Arthur Miller
directed by Jeremy Herrin

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel MagnoliasBrothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The SinnerIndependence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).

All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong

Sponsored by: Sue Rope

Cyrano de Bergerac

February 6, 2021

Colonial Theater • 6:30pm

by Edmond Rostand

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Sponsored by: Troy and Amy Brumfield

Coriolanus

March 6, 2021

Colonial Theater• 6:30pm

by William Shakespeare

Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, The Night Manager) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too.

As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), and filmed live on stage in 2014, Coriolanus now returns exclusively to the big screen.


A View from the Bridge

May 8, 2021

Colonial Theater • 6:30pm

by Arthur Miller

Filmed live onstage from London’s West End, Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate play A View from the Bridge returns exclusively to cinema screens.

Ivo Van Hove (All About EveNetwork) directs Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Nicola Walker (The SplitLast Tango in Halifax) in this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production (Evening Standard).

In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

Sponsored by: Bank of Idaho, Ashton & Addy Kirkham, Jim Francis & Karen Liebert