Three hugely successful National Theatre productions, featuring some of the UK’s most celebrated stars of the stage, will be screened at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month. It marks a welcome return of the National Theatre Live format, with a host of other screenings set to take place at the Gatehouse during its forthcoming Autumn / Winter season.
Kicking things off on Friday 3rd September will be the smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience – featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II.
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as ‘The Audience’. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
Next up on Saturday 3rd September, renowned actor Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) takes on one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama in the devastating masterpiece, The Deep Blue Sea.
In 1950s West London, when Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing. Certificate: 12A
Finally, on Thursday 22nd September, Mack the Knife is back in town in a darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical, The Threepenny Opera. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off… Certificate: 15
Tickets for NT Live screenings are on sale now and are priced at £13 (£10.50 concessions) and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk