National Theatre Live

Experience the magic of world-class theater right here at The Hippodrome Cinema! We are thrilled to be part of the prestigious National Theatre Live (NT Live) initiative, bringing the renowned productions of the Royal National Theatre in London directly to our screen. Join us for live, satellite broadcasts of captivating performances that transport you to the heart of London’s theatrical brilliance. Immerse yourself in the drama, laughter, and unforgettable moments, all in the comfort of your local cinema. Explore our upcoming NT Live screenings and be a part of the global arts community.

Tickets: $20

Every ticket comes with a glass of wine (or equivalent drink at our bar)

April

Good

National Theatre Live

As the world faces its Second World War, John Halder, a good, intelligent German professor, finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences. Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke (Follies) directs C.P. Taylor’s timely tale, with a cast that also features Elliot Levey (Coriolanus) and Sharon Small (The Bay). Filmed live from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. (160 minutes)

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Showtime:
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Every ticket comes with a glass of wine (or equivalent drink at our bar)!

May

Hamlet

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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. (205 minutes)

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Showtime:
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Every ticket comes with a glass of wine (or equivalent drink at our bar)!

Past Screenings

October

Frankenstein (Redux)

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Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature (Benedict Cumberbatch) is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. (140 minutes)

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November

Fleabag

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Fleabag is the hilarious, award-winning, original one-woman play that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series, written and performed on-stage by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In just 67-minutes, audiences can expect a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. (80 minutes)

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December

The Crucible

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A thunderous new imagining of Arthur Miller’s parable of power and its abuse.

A witch hunt is beginning. Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta, and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. (180 minutes)

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January

King Lear

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Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

 

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. (230 minutes)

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February

Othello

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An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist), and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance). She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s a refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. (180 minutes)

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March

Best of Enemies

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Best of Enemies is captured live from the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End. It releases in cinemas across the world on 18 May 2023.

David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals, as William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal take to television screens nationwide to debate the moral landscape of a shattered 1968 America.

Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons) directs this dynamic new multiple award- winning drama by James Graham (Sherwood), with sharp humour and sharper dialogue between the two sparring political paragons. (180 minutes)

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