Ithaca, N.Y. — Cinemapolis announced yesterday a new season of National Theatre Live, which broadcasts British plays in movie houses across the world.

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Cinemapolis’ press release explains how it works well:

“NTL is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Fresh on the heels of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary comes a season filled with big stars and some International (and American!) classics.

“Medea” will be the first show broadcast in Ithaca. It will begin in October.


Cinemapolis says:

The season opens in October with Medea, a major new production of Eurpides’ powerful tragedy, retold by playwright Ben Power. Starring Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) as the titular vengeful wife and mother, the new version is directed by Carrie Cracknell. The performance, captured live on September 4th, screens at Cinemapolis at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 2nd and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 4th.

After that, the classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be broadcast, followed by “Skylight” in December and, later, Treasure Island.

Here’s the rest of the Cinemapolis press release:

Just a few short weeks go by before an American classic graces the screen. Gillian Anderson stars in the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Already fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, this exciting rendition of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece will screen at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 23rd and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 25th.

In December comes the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience). Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) star in this taut two-hander, captured live from London’s West End this summer. Skylight screens at Cinemapolis at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 11th and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 13th.

NTL rings in the New Year with a striking new dance-theatre piece from DV8 Physical Theatre. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Containing adult themes, strong language, and nudity, the production is suitable for mature audiences only. JOHN leaps onto the Cinemapolis screen at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 15th and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 17th.

A family favorite rounds out the currently scheduled season. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Captured live in January, this family friendly production will appear on Cinemapolis screens at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 19th and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 21st.

As London’s stage season continues, more titles will be added throughout 2015. Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live broadcasts are available at the Cinemapolis box office and online at General admission tickets are $22 each, with discounted $18 tickets available for students, seniors and Cinemapolis members.

Cinemapolis is a non-profit media arts organization, encouraging central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience. 

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.