National Theatre Live Screenings Open Sept. 14 at Campus Theatre
By Kathryn Kopchik
National Live Theatre The National Theatre Live season will open Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg with a screening of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as 'a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle, winning seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play. It is set to open soon on Broadway.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain, being exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
The encore screening of the 2012 National Theatre production begins at 1 p.m., with a running time of three hours; doors open at 12:30 p.m. It is rated suitable for 15+ by the British Board of Film Classification. Admission: adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5.
The Bucknell University Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, and Theatre and Dance, the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring broadcasts of the National Theatre (NT Live) Season 6 on selected Sundays this fall at the Campus Theatre.
Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen, via satellite. (In the U.S., theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days — these are still the original live satellite feeds — no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing).
The Campus Theatre's NT Live season includes screenings of Medea (Oct. 5), A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct. 19), Frankenstein (Nov. 23) and Skylight (Dec. 7). For more information on these productions, visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/
Just over 50 years ago the National Theatre opened in London's Old Vic with Laurence Olivier directing Peter O'Toole in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In 1976 the company moved into its new building on London's South Bank housing three theatres, often allowing six productions in repertoire at a time.
Over the decades National Theatre audiences expanded in the U.K. and since the introduction of the NT Live program in 2009, internationally with a production of Phedre staring Helen Mirren. NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Plans are underway to add a Broadway production to the schedule this season. National Theatre board member Tim Clark calls the National Theatre program "the leading theatre in the world with an audience to match."