Intermission Specials at the Blue Velvet Lounge*
Saturday Morning Brunch Select from a delicious menu of sandwiches, bagels, salads, fruit, and muffins catered by Goldberg’s Famous Bagels. Top off your brunch with one of our fine wines or craft beers.
Thursday Evening Wine & Cheese Choose your cheese platter catered by The Cheese Patch and pair with a fine wine or craft beer from the Plaza’s own Blue Velvet Lounge.
Menus are available at the box office. Orders are placed before showtime and delivered in time for the intermission. *All intermission items are an additional charge.
Antony & Cleopatra (NR) Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following previous broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
Directed by Simon Godwin
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo, Tunji Kasim
Running Time 3 hrs 40 mins (includes a 20 minute intermission)
Sat, May 25 - 10:30 A
I'm Not Running (NR) From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Hours and The Reader comes an explosive new political drama, broadcast live from the National Theatre. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonizing decision.
Directed by Neil Armfield
Starring Joshua McGuire, Alex Hassell, Siân Brooke
Running Time 2 hrs 50 mins (includes a 20 minute intermission)
Thurs, May 30 - 6:30 P
Sat, Jun 8 - 10:30 A
As You Like It (NR) Rosalind is banished and with her best friend, Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando who is also forced from The Court into the Forest... What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness? Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017) directs this playful and passionate version of Shakespeare's much-loved romantic comedy.
Directed by Kimberly Sykes
Starring Lucy Phelps, Anthony Byrne, Sophie Khan Levy
The Madness of King George III (NR) The Plaza brings you the multi-award-winning drama, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
Directed by Adam Penford
Starring Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Debra Gillett
The King and I (NR) The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium. Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre—it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Starring Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles
Allelujah! (NR) Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss Alan Bennett's ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ in your local cinema (Observer). The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van, and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. ALLELUJAH! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Starring Deborah Findlay, Peter Forbes, Samuel Barnett
King Lear (NR) Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers—one a King, one his courtier—reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Directed by Jonathan Munby
Starring Ian McKellen, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Lloyd Hutchinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (NR) THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME returns to selected international cinemas in 2018. Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Directed by Marianne Elliot
Starring Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter, Nicola Walker
Frankenstein (NR) returns to international cinemas to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller
Lady Windermere's Fan (NR) is directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke. The talented comedic cast stars Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous and French & Saunders making her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years. The play demonstrates the author's shrewd empathy for the position of women and for the sacrifices and accommodations forced on them by polite society as the young Lady Windermere flees her own birthday party because she's been led to believe that her husband has been betraying her with a “fallen” woman who is now trying to maneuvre her way back into the social swim.
Directed by Kathy Burke
Starring Jennifer Saunders, Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop
A Woman of No Importance (NR) Stars Olivier award-winner Eve Best (The King’s Speech) and BAFTA nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) with a stellar ensemble cast in Oscar Wilde’s glittering critique of aristocratic society. Featuring an earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap at a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques, the play still resonates today with its story of a wronged woman, the attitude of men towards women, and gender roles. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the production includes a short introductory film featuring Oscar Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole
Starring Eve Best, Anne Reid
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (NR) Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliott (Angels in America, War Horse) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Starring Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter, Nicola Walker
Yerma (NR) The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Please note that the performance of YERMA includes strobe lighting.
Directed by Simon Stone
Starring Billie Piper, John Macmillan, Brendan Cowell
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (NR) On a steamy night in Mississippi, family members 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? Age advisory 15+.
Directed by Benedict Andrews
Starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell
Romeo and Juliet (NR) The digitally captured production of the 2013 Broadway revival of ROMEO AND JULIET stars Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony-nominated Condola Rashad. Set in Verona, Italy, this is the tragic story of two star-crossed lovers. The Capulets and the Montagues have been engaged in an ancient feud that has been lost to time. However, when Romeo of the house of Montague and Juliet of the house of Capulet meet and fall in love, nothing can stop them from being together, not even death.
Directed by David Leveaux
Starring Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad
The Woodsman (NR) Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, THE WOODSMAN is an imaginative re-telling of the origins of Oz’s Tin Woodsman, is the story of the Tin Man, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. Through spectacular life-size puppetry and original music, the ensemble of Strangemen & Co. presents an inventive take on one of America’s original fairy tales. Performed by Benjamin Bass, William Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, and others.
Directed by James Ortiz
Starring Benjamin Bass, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould
Cyrano de Bergerac (NR) Soldier and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Kevin Kline) is in love with Roxane (Jennifer Garner), but he’s too ashamed to admit it because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian (Daniel Sunjata), falls for Roxane, he asks for Cyrano’s help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian’s name, and Roxane doesn’t realize that it’s Cyrano’s words she falls for. She marries Christian, and Cyrano continues to keep the other man’s secret, even after tragedy strikes.
Directed by Matthew Diamond
Starring Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner, Daniel Sunjata
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (NR) Sonia Friedman Productions presents James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited a new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Directed by James McDonald
Starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway
She Loves Me (NR) BroadwayHD and Roundabout Theatre Company, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc., are thrilled to present this groundbreaking presentation of the critically acclaimed, Tony Award®-winning musical. SHE LOVES ME follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? This award-winning revival features Tony-nominated performances from Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Jane Krakowski.
Starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel
Salome (NR) The story has been told before, but never like this! An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on a hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theater director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.
Directed by Yaël Farber
Starring Olwen Fouéré, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend
Angels in America (Parts 1 & 2) (NR) In America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Starring Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane
Peter Pan (NR) All children, except one, grow up... Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. 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 in a delight for children and adults alike.
Directed by Sally Cookson
Starring Paul Hilton (Peter Pan), Madeleine Worrall (Wendy)
Obsession (NR) stars Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) in the stage production of Obsession, filmed live on stage from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino Costa is a drifter, down on his luck, but magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Starring Jude Law, Halina Reijn
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (NR) stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour), and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) in Tom Stoppard’s brilliant situation comedy filmed live on stage from The Old Vic in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage. As the young duo stumbles in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Directed by David Leveaux
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire
Twelfth Night (NR) Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore, but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare’s joyous comedy.
Directed by Simon Godwin
Starring Tamsin Greig, Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence
Hedda Gabler (NR) is just married. Bored already, she longs to be free. Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) – one of the world’s most exciting directors – makes his National Theatre debut with Patrick Marber’s vital new production of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece. The production, filmed live on stage, features Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) in the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, The Big Short) as Brack.
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Starring Ruth Wilson, Rafe Spall
No Man’s Land (NR) Following their hit run on New York’s Broadway, Hirst (Patrick Stewart) and Spooner (Ian McKellen) returned to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s NO MAN’S LAND at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, have just met each other in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair becomes increasingly inebriated—and their stories increasingly unbelievable—the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic also with Owen Teale and Damien Molony.
Directed by Sean Mathias
Starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart