National Theatre Live

Watch live theatre productions from the UK right here in Skaneateles!

Watch live theater productions from the UK right here at the Skaneateles Library!

National Theatre Live: The Audience
Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 PM in Library Hall*

*Please note Library Hall is located on the second floor and is only accessible by stair; there is no elevator access.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors (55+). Click here to purchase tickets.

About the Play/Screening

NTL plays are filmed in front of a live theater audience, allowing movie-goers world-wide to view the productions on screen as if they were actually there.

Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience. Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

Total run-time (including trailers and credits): 3 hours
Suggested rating: TBD

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).