Kinepolis Luxembourg has announced the next dates when it will broadcast National Theatre live performances to audiences in the Grand Duchy.
Ciné Utopia, the art-house cinema in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, will be showing the following productions at 19:00, scheduled on the second Thursday of each month for the next seven months:
- 16 November 2023 : Skylight
Making a comeback to cinema after an absence of nearly a decade, Bill Nighy (known for Living) and Carey Mulligan (renowned for her role in Promising Young Woman) star in the highly praised revival of David Hare’s play, directed by Stephen Daldry (director of The Audience). Set against the backdrop of a bitterly cold London evening, Kyra, a schoolteacher, receives an unexpected visit from her former lover. As the night unfolds, the two endeavour to reignite their once-passionate relationship, only to find themselves ensnared in a perilous clash of conflicting ideologies and shared desires. This drama was recorded live at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End in 2014.
- 14 December 2023: Yerma
Billie Piper, celebrated for her role in I Hate Suzie, reprises her Olivier Award-winning performance. In Simon Stone's innovative adaptation of Lorca's moving masterpiece, a young woman, consumed by an intense longing for motherhood, is compelled to contemplate the unimaginable. Against the backdrop of modern-day London, Piper masterfully depicts a woman in her thirties grappling with the challenges of conception, culminating in a breathtaking and startling climax of emotional intensity. This production was originally broadcast live from the Young Vic.
- 25 January: Dear England
The immensely popular production of Dear England is making its way to the West End this autumn, following a sold-out stint at the National Theatre. Despite being the birthplace of football, England has faced a painful series of losses. With the worst track record for penalties globally, manager Gareth Southgate recognises the imperative to confront the years of disappointment and open his mind to lead the team and the country back to triumph. This is a fictionalised narrative of the challenges and triumphs of England's football teams, based on thorough research and interviews. It includes characters inspired by real individuals and some composite characters entirely conceived by the author.
- 22 February 2023: Vanya
Andrew Scott, known for his role in Fleabag, embodies multiple characters in Simon Stephens' (renowned for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) groundbreaking reinterpretation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. In this one-man adaptation, hopes, dreams and regrets take centre stage, delving into the intricate landscape of human emotions. This production was filmed live during its sold-out run in London's West End.
- 14 March: King Lear
Regarded by many as the greatest tragedy ever penned, Ian McKellen takes on the role of King Lear in Shakespeare's poignant, violent, moving and startling play.
In King Lear, two aging fathers, one a King, the other his courtier, turn away from the children who genuinely care for them. Their blindness sets off a tempest of ruthless ambition and betrayal, thrusting family and state into a turbulent power struggle with harsh consequences.
Under the direction of Johnathan Munby, this contemporary reinterpretation The Times described this rendition as “nuanced and powerful”. A production presented by Chichester Festival Theatre.
- 11 April: Frankenstein
Childlike and innocent yet grotesque in appearance, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is expelled into a hostile universe by his horrified creator. Confronted with cruelty at every turn, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature resolves to locate his maker and negotiate a terrifying pact.
Under the direction of Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, this production stars Jonny Lee Miller as the creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein.
- 16 May: Hamlet
In this production directed by Lyndsey Turner Benedict Cumberbatch (known from BBC’s Sherlock and Doctor Strange) plays the eponymous Hamlet, the title role of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. A family falls apart as the country is preparing for war. Hamlet faces the necessity to avenge his father’s death and the paralysis that comes with the task. Stuck in an impossible predicament, he teeters on the edge of losing his sanity, leaving his country in peril. Recorded from the Barbican.
- 13 June: Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet risk everything for the sake of being together. In defiance of their feuding families, they pursue a future filled with joy and passion amidst the erupting violence.
This innovative new film vividly captures the intriguing backstage spaces of the National Theatre, where desire, dreams and destiny collide to reimagine Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy in a fresh light. Jessie Buckley (known for Wild Rose and Judy) and Josh O’Connor (featured in The Crown and God’s Own Country) take on the roles of Juliet and Romeo.
The award-winning cast includes Tamsin Greig, Fisayo Akinade, Adrian Lester, Lucian Msamati and Deborah Findlay.