By Mark Shenton
28 Jun 2010
|Photo by Monique Carboni|
NT Live, launched in June 2009 with a production of Phedre starring Helen Mirren in the title role, reached over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries in its inaugural season. In a press statement, Nicholas Hytner, director of the National, commented, "We couldn’t have foreseen that the experimental NT Live season would be such a hit with audiences around the world, who are hungry to see our work in their local cinema. We’re delighted that we can confidently build on its success with a second season of broadcasts."
The new season will launch on Oct. 14, 2010, with the broadcast of Complicite's A Disappearing Number, which will be broadcast live from Plymouth's Theatre Royal instead of the National – the first time an NT Live performance will originate outside London. The production won the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2008), the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2007) and The Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play (2007).
The season will continue Dec. 9 with the broadcast of Nicholas Hytner's new production of Hamlet, starring Rory Kinnear in the title role, with David Calder as Polonius, Clare Higgins as Gertrude, Patrick Malahide as Claudius and Ruth Negga as Ophelia.
NT Live is distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience: www.byexperience.net. Tickets will be on sale in summer 2010. For more details, visit www.ntlive.com.