National Theatre Live Broadcasts at the Michael Frayn Theatre Kingston

Michael Frayn Theatre
70 London Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6PY

Located on the site of Kingston Grammar School in the centre of Kingston.

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NT Live: Yerma 7pm, Thu 31 Aug 2017

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax.

The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Tickets £12, Concessions £10.

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John le Carré: An Evening with George Smiley 7.45pm, Thu 7 Sep 2017

Join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the war on terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

In a rare public appearance, he discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. With a unique question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words, broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall.

Coinciding with the publication of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present.

Tickets £12, Concessions £10.

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NT Live: Hamlet 7pm, Thu 5 Oct 2017

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy in an encore screening of the original 2015 production at the Barbican.

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.

Tickets £12, Concessions £10.

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NT Live: Follies 7pm, Thu 30 Nov 2017

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to screens around the UK.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and a 21-piece orchestra, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Tickets £12, Concessions £10.

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NT Live: Young Marx 7pm, Thu 7 Dec 2017

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind the Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

Tickets £12, Concessions £10.

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