War Horse and Macbeth, Starring Kenneth Branagh, Will Be Featured in National Theatre Live's 2013-14 Season
By Carey Purcell
The 2013-14 season of National Theatre Live will feature the first screening of War Horse and several Shakespeare plays.
The season will feature the National's new production of Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Nicholas Hytner, which will air Sept. 26; the Manchester International Festival's production of Macbeth, starring Kenneth Branagh, will be broadcast live in the UK on July 20 and internationally on Oct. 17 and a 50th Anniversary celebration of the National Theatre will be broadcast live from the National on Nov. 2.
The Donmar Warehouse's production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke, will broadcast live on Jan. 30, 2014; and the National's internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris in association with Handspring Puppet Company, will be broadcast live from the West End for the first time ever in 2014, with specific dates to be announced at a later time.
All broadcasts will have multiple encore screenings following the live dates.
This announcement follows the successful live broadcast of Peter Morgan's Olivier Award-winning new play The Audience, which was seen by nearly 30,000 people in North America and nearly 80,000 people in the UK — the largest audience ever for a broadcast from National Theatre Live.
The Audience played its final performance at London's Gielgud Theatre on June 15, starring internationally acclaimed actress Helen Mirren as The Queen, directed by Stephen Daldry, and won two 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard McCabe).
Many encore screenings have already been added, and more encores will be added throughout the summer internationally.
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