National Theatre Live is celebrating its 10th birthday and The Lincoln Theater is bringing seven of their smash-hit plays from the National Theatre’s stages to the big screen right here in Damariscotta. NT Live uses state of the art filming techniques tailored for each play, bringing the performances to you exactly as they appeared on stage; live and unedited. The opportunity to see these productions on the big screen guarantees you always have the best seat in the house. With close up camera angles capturing every emotion and sweeping wide shots giving you a full view of the stage, NT Live makes the best of British theater available to everyone.
The summer long celebration of NT Live’s birthday begins with an encore screening of “All About Eve” starring Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) June 20 at 7 p.m. Telling the story of Margo Channing, the legend, and true star of the theatre. From one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), this production asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. Also in June, “Small Island,” based on Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize winning novel, screens June 27 at 7 p.m. A company of 40 actors embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
In July, the Lincoln Theater will show an encore screening of “Hamlet,” NT Live’s biggest broadcast to date. The production, captured live in 2015, has been seen by over one million people around the world. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre), stars in the title role, July 11 at 7 p.m.. Also in July, an encore screening of “The Madness of King George the III” on July 18 at 7 p.m., tells the story of a King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales as he threatens to undermine the power of the Crown. And at the end of the month, join us for an encore screening of “The Audience” starring Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) on July 25 at 7 p.m. Mirren gives us a glimpse of the woman behind the crown and allows us to witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
The last two summer screenings from NT Live will hit the Lincoln Theater in August and September. “The Lehman Trilogy,” is the story of a family and a company that changed the world, ultimately ending up as the largest financial crisis in history. Told in three parts on a single evening, “The Lehman Trilogy” will screen on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Closing out the birthday celebration with a matinee screening Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. is “One Man, 2 Guvnors” the hilarious West End and Broadway hit based on Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 comedy “The Servant of Two Masters,” and featuring the Tony Award winning performance by comedian James Corden (host of The Late Late Show).
Information for each screening in this celebration of NT Live’s 10th birthday is available on The Lincoln Theater website at www.lcct.org including trailers, suggested ratings, and more. Tickets for each screening are $15 Adult, $13 Lincoln Theater Member, and $5 Youth 18 and under, and are available for advance purchase through the theater box office at 563-3424. Tickets will also be available at the door - 2 Theater Street.