If you can’t swing a trip to London this year, the next best thing for theater lovers is catching one of the National Theatre Live performances in your local movie theater. For tickets priced at around $15, you can see famous stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and Kenneth Branagh take on the classics. The performances are filmed live and re-broadcast here in the States, including several local theaters in Atlanta. Check out the National Theatre Live website for specific showtimes, which tend to be at either the Midtown Art Cinema, the Hollywood 24, or Perimeter Pointe 10.
This weekend, you can catch an encore performance of Cumberbatch taking on the melancholy Dane himself, Hamlet. It’s a rite of passage for many serious theatrical actors, and the Oscar nominee has been lauded for his take on the role. The film will air at 1:15 p.m. on November 1 but will have additional encore performances on November 7 and November 10. You know you don’t want to miss Cumberbatch’s version of iconic speeches like “To be or not to be.”
Another Shakespearean option is the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale, starring Dame Judi Dench and Sir Branagh himself. This performance will air at the Regal Hollywood 24 and Perimeter Pointe 10 theaters on Monday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. The performance was filmed at the Garrick Theatre in London and the play follows the sad tale of King Leontes who allows his jealousy to lead him down a tragic path. Again, it’s a remarkably inexpensive way to see a stage performance by these performers.
There are also options from the most famous companies in the worlds of ballet and opera, as well. On December 6 at the Midtown Art Cinema, the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of The Lady of the Camellias will be screened, making this your best option for catching the first-run casts of this company outside of traveling to Moscow. On December 2, you can see the Metropolitan Opera’s version of Lulu. Be warned, the performances all include the intermissions, so the opera will run approximately 4.5 hours.
You can’t always get away for a cultural vacation, but these performances shown in local Atlanta movie theaters offer an inexpensive way to give yourself an artsy staycation. Grab some friends or just head out by yourself and tune out the world for a few hours for a perfectly sublime escape. True, you won’t be able to chat up Cumberbatch at the stage door, but you will be able to sleep in your own bed after the performance!