Catch the National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ at Cinema Nouveau

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Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth Night.

“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Twelfth Night, the acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity – filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre in London – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast on the big screen.

The production releases at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas on Saturday, May 27, for limited screenings.

Directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live’s Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem), it stars Olivier Award-winning actress Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia in this new twist on Shakespeare’s play.

Viola (Tamara Lawrence) is washed ashore after her ship crashes on the rocks. Determined to survive on her own without her twin brother Sebastian (Daniel Ezra), she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia (Greig) is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The cast also includes Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony, Plebs) as a gender-flipped Feste, Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown, A View from the Bridge), Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (The Office, One Man, Two Guvnors, Green Wing).

To view the trailer for Twelfth Night, click here:  https://youtu.be/c5xoRm8BGX0

Twelfth Night can be seen at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 27, 2.30pm on Sunday, May 28, and 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1 at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. The running time is approximately three hours, including an interval.

For booking information visit http://www.sterkinekor.com.

Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 6.5 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries.

The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land, Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire, James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein and War Horse.

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True players: Daniel Radcliffe (Rosencrantz) and Joshua McGuire (Guildenstern) in David Leveaux’s production of Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas include:

  • Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (from 3 June). Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
  • Obsession (24 June): Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this new stage adaptation of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new version of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1 July): Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Additional NT Live broadcasts in 2017 at Cinema Nouveau include:

  • 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 August and 2 September), 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 her award-winning lead performance.
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