Theater in the cinema

Since I’ve done posts on ballet and opera, it’s only fair to do one on theater performances live streamed in Odeon cinemas. Below are two performances from Branagh Theater and National Theater that are going to be shown this year.

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale

Naas/Stillorgan/Waterford – Thu 26th of November 2015
Running time 180 minutes


The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.
The season begins with ‘The Winter’s Tale’. Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.
King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…
‘The Winter’s Tale’ will star a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.
Pre Show will start at 7.15pm and curtain will be up at 7.30pm.

NT Live: Jane Eyre.

Blanchardstown/Point Village/Waterford Tuesday 8th of December
Running time 225 minutes


Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing ‘Jane Eyre’ is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, the spirited heroine ‘Jane Eyre’ faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance broadcast live to cinemas.

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