Want to Watch Helen Mirren Act?



This press release is courtesy of publicists Adrian Bryan-Brown and Jessica Johnson. And you have to admit that this is pretty exciting. If you can’t be there in person, well, opposite a screen is the next-best thing.

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To broadcast a live stage performance of

Starring Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren

Beginning June 25, broadcasts of live performance to be shown on screens across New York City and throughout the U.S. The pilot season of NT Live, a new initiative by the U.K.’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens around the world will launch with a broadcast of Ph√®dre, by Jean Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes, starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! film), directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Here’s a great paragraph on Ph√®dre (with three cheers for reductivism):

Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phedre (Mirren) confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phedre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.

In the New York City area, screenings can be seen at Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Director’s Guild Theatre, Fairfield University (CT), Monmouth University (NJ) & the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC). The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the U.S., including the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and many more.

The launch of NT Live is Thursday, June 25, 2009.
Broadcasts in the New York City area include:

The Director’s Guild Theatre – Thursday, June 25 at 7:30pm
Monmouth University, NJ – Thursday, June 25 at 7pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music – Thursday, July 9 at 7pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater – Monday, July 6 at 4pm and 8pm
Fairfield University, CT – Saturday, July 11 at 2pm
Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) – Monday, June 29 & Monday, July 13 at 7:30pm

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please click here. Ticket prices vary by venue. The average ticket price is $20. Contact local venues for ticket information.