National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren and the Lincoln Theatre has been there from the start. They've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and we've screened them all.
Though each live 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, without delay, 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. We record this first broadcast on the day of performance (usually Thursday mornings at 10:00am because of the time difference) and then screen it at a later time.
Advance Tickets: $18 general, $16 seniors, $14 students and children ($16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students and children for encores), with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members. 10% discount for the purchase of 4 or more productions in the 2017 season.
Please join us for one, or all, of these fabulous broadcasts. Click on the links below for more information and tickets:
King Lear | Sunday, Oct 7, 1:00 pm | Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear at the Lincoln.
Frankenstein (Encore) | Sunday, Oct 28, 5:30 pm & Monday, Oct 29, 7:30 pm | Frankenstein returns to the Lincoln to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel.
Allelujah! Sunday, Nov 11, 1:00pm | ‘A bonus treat from Alan Bennett that leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness.’ Independent
The Madness of George III Sunday, Dec 30, 12:00 pm | The Madness of George III is a multi-award winning play dramatizing the final years of King George III’s reign of the United Kingdom, his battle with mental illness and the inability of the court to handle his condition.
Antony & Cleopatra Sunday, Jan 6, 12:00 pm | ‘Not to be missed. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo offer blazing star power.’ Independent
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second Sunday, Jan 27, 1:00 pm | Simon Russell Beale (The Lehman Trilogy, King Lear) plays King Richard II in a visceral new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Little Revolution, Absolute Hell).
All About Eve Sunday, April 28, 1:00pm | Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
More productions coming soon!