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London's National Theatre Live at Cinema Nova

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Want to see the 2011 season at the The National Theatre in London, but don't have the spare cash to make the trip to the UK? No worries, just head down to participating cinemas for the chance to view the very latest stage productions in high-definition on the big-screen!

Royal National Theatre, London, England.


Three major productions, direct from The National Theatre will be screening in Melbourne at Cinema Nova;



In February King Lear, directed by Michael Grandage and staring Derek Jacobi in the title role, will screen.

This latest stage adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic tale has received much acclaim - The Guardian had great praise for Grandage's direction and Jacobi's performance- "... the miracle of Michael Grandage's production is that it is fast (under three hours), vivid, clear and, thanks to a performance that reminds us why Derek Jacobi is a great classical actor, overwhelmingly moving."

Similarly The Telegraph proclaimed "Michael Grandage's production proves outstanding, the finest and most searching Lear I have ever seen, and in this small space it often achieves a shattering power."

King Lear will screen on Saturday February 19 at 1.00pm, Sunday February 20 at 1.00pm, Wednesday February 23 at 11.30am and Thursday February 24 at 6.30pm. To purchase tickets click here.

Oscar winner Danny Boyle has had a magnificent 2010 with his universally acclaimed 127 Hours (2010), and will return to the theatre in 2011, directing a major stage production of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein," adapted for the stage by Nick Dear.

Boyle, who has directed five productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, is also reuniting with Trainspotting's Jonny Lee Miller, who alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, will alternate between the leading roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Both these versions of Frankenstein will be filmed and screened; Cumberbatch as the Creature and Miller as Victor Frankenstein and in the second screening Miller as the Creature and Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein.

Frankenstein will be screen on the weekend of Saturday April 9 at 1.00pm and Sunday April 10 at 1.00pm. This is an anticipated event, so secure your tickets now.

Zoë Wanamaker stars as Madame Ranevskaya in Andrew Upton's adaption of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Howard Davies, this is another greatly anticipated stage production of Chekhov's last play.

The Cherry Orchard will screen on the weekend of Saturday July 23 at 1.00pm and Sunday July 24 at 1.00pm Click here to purchase tickets now.

Besides these Melbourne screenings, National Theatre Live screenings will also take place in the following selected Australian Cinemas:

VICTORIA:
Sun Theatre Yarraville and Rosebud Cinemas.

NEW SOUTH WALES
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Hayden Orpheum
Dendy Opera Quays
Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Empire Cinemas
Dendy Byron Bay
Narooma Cinema

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Luna Cinema, Leederville
Luna on SX Cinema

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Palace Nova Eastend Cinema

BRISBANE
Palace Centro Cinemas
Dendy Portside Cinemas

ACT
Dendy Cinemas

TASMANIA
Salamanca Arts Centre - Peacock Theatre
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Why? See the very latest National Theatre productions in high-definition on the big-screen!
When: First half of 2011
Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton
Cost: Check local cinema for a seson pass or individual prices
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