Watch live theatre productions from the UK right here in Skaneateles!
The library is hosting a season of National Theatre Live in 2018, which will be shown at Waterman Auditorium. Each NTL broadcast is filmed in front of a live theatre audience and allows movie-goers world-wide to view the productions on screen as if they were actually there.
Our spring production is JM Barrie’s beloved classic Peter Pan, captured live at the National Theatre in London.
About the play: All children, except one, grow up…
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NTL: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Anticipated total run-time: 2 hours, 58 minutes.
Suggested rating: UK broadcast rated PG for families with kids (ideal age range 6-13 years old)
About National Theatre Live
NTL launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. They’ve since broadcast more than 40 other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK. Over 5.5 million people in over 2,000 venues around the world have experienced an NTL broadcast. The biggest single broadcast to date is Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican, which has been seen by over 550,000 people.
Past broadcasts from the National Theatre include:
- Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
- War Horse
- Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes
- Everyman with Chiwetel Ejiofor
Broadcasts from other UK theatres include:
- Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse
- A View from the Bridge from the Young Vic
- Macbeth from the Manchester International Festival
- Hangmen and The Audience from London’s West End
In 2014 the National Theatre recorded its first production on Broadway – Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd – captured at the Longacre Theatre.
How it works
Though each 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. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live to cinemas throughout the UK, as well as many European venues. Other venues view the broadcasts “as live” according to their time zone, or at a later date (like we’re doing here).