The National Theatre has its next live broadcast on Thursday February 25 with As You Like It live at the Oliver Theatre at 7pm.
With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years.
The central role of Rosalind is played by Evening Standard Award-winner Rosalie Craig.
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. Since then NT Live has broadcast more than 20 other productions and these have been experienced by over 3.5 million people in more than 1,100 venues around the world, including 550 in the UK alone. Past National Theatre broadcasts have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Sam Mendes’ King Lear with Simon Russell Beale.
Broadcasts from other theatres include Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston from the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson from the Young Vic.
Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live, without delay, to cinemas throughout the UK as well as many European venues.
Locally As You Like It can be seen at the De La Warr Pavilion (£14/£12 members and concessions) with booking on 01424 229111 or www.dlwp.com, or Kino Rye and Kino Hawhurst where tickets can be booked online via www.kinodigital.co.uk or purchased in person or via the telephone on 01797 226293 (Rye) or 01580 754321 (Hawkhurst).