National Theatre Live

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.

When: Sunday, October 28th @ 2PM

Where: Waterman Auditorium, 55 East Street, Skaneateles, NY

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors/students

Eventbrite - National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Our fall production is Frankenstein, returning to international cinemas to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

About the play: Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (ElementaryTrainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. This screening casts Cumberbatch as the Creature. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Met with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale.

Total run-time (including trailers and credits): 2 hours, 20 minutes
Suggested rating: UK broadcast rated for 15 & older, suggested R in the US

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:

  • 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).