Gatehouse announces new season of National Theatre Live screenings for 2018

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced its forthcoming season of National Theatre Live screenings for 2018, kicking off with the musical favourite, Follies.

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it's directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim's previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Next up is an encore screening of Young Marx, featuring the work of creative team behind the West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

1850, and Europe's most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there's still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Other National Theatre productions set to be screened live at the Gatehouse in 2018 are: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell; a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy Julius Caesar; and the return of Roy Kinnear in another reimagining of a Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth.

More NT Live screenings at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be announced over the course of the year.

The National Theatre encore screening of Follies will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 25th January at 7pm, and the encore screening of Young Marx on Thursday 1st February at 7pm.

Tickets and booking information is available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
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