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Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s member-supported independent movie theater, continues the tradition of live theater events on screen with a Fall & Winter season of productions from National Theatre Live. NTL is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. These remarkable HD presentations give cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!
In November, Shakespeare’s classic Danish tragedy arrives with Academy Award Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, will screen on Thursday, November 5th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, November 7th at 1:30 pm.
In 2016, the National Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre arrives on screen. Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance. Jane Eyre will screen on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, January 16th at 1:30 pm.
In Feburary, a French fiction masterpiece gets the stage treatment. Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas – broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home. Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary. Les Liaisons Dangereuses screens at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30 pmand again on Saturday, February 27th at 1:30 pm.
Another Shakespearean classic – As You Like It – comes in March. Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love. As You Like will screen at Cinemapolis on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm and again on Saturday, March 26th at 1:30 pm.
As London’s stage season continues, more titles will be added throughout 2016. Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live broadcasts are available at the Cinemapolis box office and online at cinemapolis.org. General admission tickets are $22 each, with discounted $18 tickets available for students, seniors and Cinemapolis members.
Cinemapolis is a non-profit media arts organization, encouraging central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience. For more information, visit Cinemapolis.org or contact Executive Director, Brett Bossard – brett@cinemapolis.org.

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