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NT Live Screenings Present Medea at Campus Theatre

Oct 03, 2014 10:48PM ● By Erica Shames

The National Theatre Live season continues Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg with a screening of Medea.

The screening begins at 1 p.m., with a running time of 90 minutes; doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission: adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5.

Carrie Cracknell directs Euripides' powerful tragedy Medea, in a new version by Ben Power, with Helen McCrory in the title role. The Guardian says, "Carrie Cracknell's play is a tragic force to be reckoned with." Time Out calls it "A remorselessly gripping 90 minutes."

The cast also includes Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani and Cath Whitefield. The production is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Lucy Carter, choreography by Lucy Guerin and sound design by Gregory Clarke.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when Jason abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Helen McCrory's theatre work includes The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse); and As You Like It (West End).

Her extensive film and television work includes Skyfall, Hugo, Leaving, A Little Chaos, Penny Dreadful, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS & Monte Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury and North Square (Critics' Circle Award). The Times says of her role in Medea, "Helen McCrory is arresting. Love and vengeance with a modern twist."

The National Theatre (NT Live) season 6 is sponsored by 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.

The series continues this fall with screenings of A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct. 19), Frankenstein (Nov. 23) and Skylight (Dec. 7). For more information on these productions, visit

NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Plans are underway to add the Broadway production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd to the schedule this season.

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).

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