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National Theatre Live 2018 Julius Caesar – at the Bridge Theatre – Ben Whishaw Brutus – Photo credit Manuel Harlan

National Theatre Live 2018 Julius Caesar - at the Bridge Theatre - Ben Whishaw Brutus - Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Free Encore performances to be screened at Wembley Park

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements Published 27 June 2018

This July, National Theatre Live will be screening two FREE Encore performances at Wembley Park. It’s the first time they will be available to the public for free in an outdoor, deckchair setting.

On 6 July, you’ll have the opportunity to see Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) in Twelfth Night. Tamsin plays Malvolia in this twist on the classic comedy about mistaken identities. Watch as a ship is wrecked and Viola is washed ashore while her twin brother Sebastian lost. When Viola explores the new land, a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love begins. In the nearby households of Olivia and Orsino, passion is running rampant. Even the housekeeper, Malvolia, is swept up in the madness. This joyous production is directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem). The ensemble cast includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Daniel Rigby, Tim McMullen, Imogen Doel and Tamsin Greig. Photo by Marc Brenner

A week later, on 13 July, Julius Ceasar starring Ben Wishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) will be screened against the backdrop of SSE Arena, Wembley. See Caesar return to Rome victorious. The people pour into the streets to celebrate his triumphs. Shaken by his popularity, the educated élite plot his demise. Following his assassination, civil war erupts. In this production from Nicholas Hytner, the audience is thrust into the celebratory street party, Ceasar’s murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that ensues in its wake. Additional cast members include David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead).

These screenings are part of Wembley Park’s Summer Of Play programme. The cultural programme will offer over 300 hours of arts and entertainment for free. More National Theatre Live screenings will be announced later in the summer.

The screenings come ahead of the opening of Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, a flexible 1,000-2,000 seat capacity theatre being created inside the former Fountain Studios by award-winning Troubadour Theatres.



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