Since NT Live's first season, which began in June 2009 with Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over half-a- million people have experienced the National’s acclaimed work on movie screens around the world.
"It is thrilling to think that over half a million people worldwide have now seen a National Theatre Live broadcast," said David Sabel, the National Theatre’s head of digital media, in a statement. "The programme has grown significantly, giving an ever-widening audience an unprecedented opportunity to engage with our work."
One Man, Two Guvnors, by Richard Bean and based on "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni, will kick of the season Sept. 15. The sold-out production, directed by Nicholas Hytner with songs by Grant Olding, stars James Corden and will transfer to London’s West End in November.
The Kitchen, Arnold Wesker’s "extraordinary black comedy," will follow Oct. 6. The production, directed by Bijan Sheibani, is set in a restaurant in 1950s London and features an ensemble cast of 29 actors.
Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge, will play Dec. 1. Directed by Hytner, the play centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Alex Jennings will play Bulgakov, and Simon Russell Beale will play Stalin.
William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Dominic Cooke, artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, will hit theatres March 1, 2012, and star actor-comedian Lenny Henry in his National Theatre debut.
For a complete list of dates, times and locations, visit www.ntlive.com.