National Theatre Live's The Kitchen Hits Movie Theatres Oct. 6 | Playbill

News National Theatre Live's The Kitchen Hits Movie Theatres Oct. 6
The National Theatre's third season of National Theatre Live, an initiative to broadcast live performances from the National's stages to cinemas worldwide, continues with the screening of The Kitchen Oct. 6.

Tendayi Jembere in The Kitchen.
Tendayi Jembere in The Kitchen. Photo by Marc Brenner

The Kitchen, Arnold Wesker’s "extraordinary black comedy," is directed by Bijan Sheibani and features an ensemble cast of 29 actors. The production is set in a restaurant in 1950s London.

Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge, will follow and 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.

As previously announced, NT Live has partnered with NCM Fathom to expand and broadcast its third season at additional venues.

One Man, Two Guvnors will be the first to play on the NCM network screens Oct. 20. The play, by Richard Bean, is based on "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni. 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 will follow Nov. 3; Collaborators will play Dec. 1; and The Comedy of Errors will screen March 1, 2012, on NCM Fathom.

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.

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