Saint Joan – the acclaimed production of the George Bernard Shaw classic play filmed live at London’s Donmar Warehouse – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast to be screened only at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau from Saturday, 18 March.
Directed by the Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus) and starring Gemma Arterton (Quantam of Solace, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) in the lead role, this production puts a modern twist on this 1oo-year-old play that follows the life, times and eventual trial of Joan of Arc – a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.
From the torment of the Hundred Years’ War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. The play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.
Saint Joan releases on South African screens at 7.30pm on 18, 22 and 23 March and at 2.30pm on 19 March at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The running time is approximately 180 mins, including an interval.
Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live (NT Live) enables audiences to experience the best of British theatre throughout the year, as the National brings cameras into the auditorium to record and broadcast performances from stage to screen.
NT Livebroadcasts have been seen by an audience of more than 6.5 million people at over 2500 venues in 60 countries.
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The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Cinema Nouveau are:
Hedda Gabler (from 1 April). Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to NT Live cinema screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, with Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role, in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Twelfth Night (from 27 May). Directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live’s Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem), Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (3 June), with Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, from The Old Vic theatre.
Obsession (24 June), starring Jude Law in this new stage adaptation, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre.
Peter Pan (8 July), captured live at the National Theatre, this performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens as perfect cinema fare for the mid-year school holidays: All children, except one, grow up.
Salomé (22 July), directed by South African-born award-winning director Yaёl Farber.
Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America– Part I & II (19 Aug & 02 Sept), with Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey.
Yerma (23 September), Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising the lead role.