The Lensic’s National Theatre Live In HD Series Includes Four Encores And Two New NT Live Broadcasts

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SANTA FE — The Lensic’s National Theatre Live season, broadcast in HD as part of its Lensic Presents programming, continues at 7 p.m., July 27, with a special encore presentation of with One Man Two Guvnors, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden, host of the “The Late Late Show.”
Tickets for all broadcasts may be purchased online at, by calling 505.988.1234, or by visiting the Lensic box office at 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
The Lensic’s National Theatre Live series is generously sponsored by Century Bank.
NT Live in HD Encore: One Man, Two Guvnors―7 p.m., July 27: $22 (discounts for Lensic members)
The uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a roaring hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway, and features a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall (played by Corden), becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple … right?
“The funniest show on the planet.” —The Daily Mail  

NT Live in HD Encore: The Audience—7 p.m., Aug. 24: $22 (discounts for Lensic members) 

Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience, written by Peter Morgan and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in The Queen. This encore screening of the original West End production captured live in London in 2013 features an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as “The Audience.” No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

“Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.” —The Times

NT Live in HD Encore: A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller—7 p.m., Sept.  20: $22 (discounts for Lensic members)

Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand. Featuring Mark Strong of The Imitation Game, this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor, and Best Director for Ivo van Hove. When the production moved to Broadway, it received five Tony Award nominations and two wins, for “Best Revival” and “Best Direction.”

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

“Magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” —Evening Standard

NT Live in HD: The Threepenny Opera—7 p.m., Sept. 29: $22 (discounts for Lensic members)

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical, this bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse; adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris, (Everyman, London Road). With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum, and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

Mack the Knife is back in town, and London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, and the police are cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr. and Mrs. Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off. (Note: Viewer discretion advised. Adult themes, language, and content.)

“A snarling, sexy beast of a show.” —Independent

NT Live in HD Encore: Frankenstein—7 p.m., Oct. 29: $22 (discounts for Lensic members)

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to The Lensic for a Halloween encore!

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
“A theatrical coup.” —Times

NT Live in HD: The Deep Blue Sea—7 p.m., Nov. 16: $22 (discounts for Lensic members)

Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness, and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
“Stunning. Exquisitely played. Beautifully judged.” —Time Out
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