National Theatre Live

Live theatre productions from the UK are coming to 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.

This spring we’ll be screening the London stage production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring
Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. Tickets available soon.

When: Saturday, March 10 @ 7PM

Where: Waterman Auditorium
55 East Street, Skaneateles, NY

Tickets: $15 general admission,
$10 seniors/students
Available soon
A bold reimagining. Innovative and powerfully acted.
The Sunday Times

A brilliant, lacerating account of the play...unforgettable.
The Independent

About the play: On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Anticipated Run-time: 3 hours, 5 minutes.

Suggested rating: R for US audiences, as there may be some nudity.
Please note that the stage production has an age guidance of 15+.

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).