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Laugh, sing, be delighted by a fabulous cast
It was my absolute delight to be invited to the media preview of The Magistrate, starring John Lithgow. It is captured live in HD and screening in Australian cinemas by Sharmill Films. Definitely worth the visit.

Amazing sets and fabulous scenes at the magistrate

We weren't quite sure what to expect, however it is actually a film of a live stage performance and what a hoot. Brilliantly acted, thought provoking, amusing, emotive. Go for the journey it will take you on.

Brilliantly directed by Tim Sheader, the cast includes John Lithgow, Nicholas Blane, Nicholas Burns, Nancy Carroll, Tamsin Carroll, Alexander Cobb, Christina Cole, Jonathan Coy, Richard Freeman, Don Gallagher, Amy Griffiths, Joshua Lacey, Christopher Logan, Nicholas Lumley, Joshua Manning, Joshua McGuire, Sean McKenzie, Sarah Ovens, Peter Polycarpou, Beverly Rudd, Roger Sloman and Jez Unwin.

Delighting audience with its clever dialogue, Cis Farington makes it very difficult to believe he is 14 years old. However, he is meant to take you on a journey of disbelief, with his smoking, gambling, wine and penchant for older women. How you ask? Agatha his mother in an age old scenario reduced five years from her true age when she married the amiable Magistrate Posket.

Only afterwards thinking through her dates and being left with no option but to also remove 5 years from her sons life expectancy too.

What unfolds is a tale of trouble as the truth is desperately attempted to be concealed. A night of fun, binging and all in all trouble lead the family into troubled waters.

Laughs abound in this well acted scene

The Magistrate runs 3 hours including an interval.

Filmed directly from a live show at the National Theatre, the sets are awe inspiring.

Inspired from a pop up picture book, the designed and directors wanted to present the show much like a gift wrapped pop up present for the audience and they certainly succeeded in bringing this magic through.

National Theatre Live events are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience, Inc, the pioneer of global live "alternative content" digital cinema events. For more information visit In Australia, National Theatre Live events are distributed by Sharmill Films

For a full list of participating Australian locations and ticket information visit

In a truly amazing feat, National Theatre Live performances are actually filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 500 cinemas around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield. There are over 160 venues in the UK alongside venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, India, Scandinavia and Europe. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

The Magistrate, by Arthur Wing Pinero, is showing in Australian cinemas nationally on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 February, 2013.

A funny take on a scene from the magistrate

Cinema Nova Carlton
Palace Brighton Bay
Sun Theatre Yarraville
Rosebud Cinemas
Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat
Sun Theatre Bairnsdale

Delicious, gourmet, organic chocolate bars from the kiosk at the Nova in Carlton, Vic

Dendy Opera Quays Sydney
Dendy Newtown
Chauvel Cinemas Paddington
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Empire Cinemas Bowral
Belgrave Cinemas - Armidale
Greater Union Newcastle
Scotty's Cinema Centre Raymond Terrace
Palace Byron Bay
Arcadia Twin Ulladulla
Narooma Theatre
Avoca Beach Theatre
Cinemax Kingscliff

Dendy Canberra

Palace Centro Fortitude Valley
Dendy Portside Hamilton
Noosa 5 Cinemas

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas Adelaide

Luna Cinemas Leederville
Luna on SX Fremantle

MONA Museum of Old & New Art Hobart
CMAX Devonport

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