The Perfect Place to See the Best of British Theatre

The Perfect Place to See the Best of British Theatre

National Theatre Live brings the best of British Theatre to cinemas across the country so come and enjoy it in the perfect place – at The Atkinson!

The Atkinson is not only a Theatre, Museum, Library, Bakery and Shop…but it is also has a state-of-the-art cinema  projection system making The Atkinson the perfect way to enjoy theatre – on the big screen but within a theatre environment.

The new 2015/16 season begins with George Farquar’s wild comedy about love and cash The Beaux’ Stratagem (Live, 12a) on Thursday 3 September.

On Thursday 17 September come and join Richard O’Brien and some very special guests for a guaranteed party with The Rocky Horror Show Live (12a), in cinemas for one night only.

Still the world’s favourite rock ’n’ roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by critics and adored by fans around the world, and “still has audiences rolling in the aisles” (Daily Telegraph). For this exclusive event, O’Brien returns to the cast for the first time in more than 20 years.

 BBC Radio 2’s The Battle of Britain at 75 (Live) on Friday 18 September tells the epic story of the greatest aerial conflict of the Second World War. This live cinema experience comes from Biggin Hill in south-east London, the most iconic of Britain’s fighter stations. Presenters Dermot O’Leary, Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra and musicians from the armed forces and guest singers as they share compelling stories from the battle.

Coriolanus (Encore, 12A) returns due to popular demand on Friday 25 September. Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

Roger Waters – The Wall on Tuesday 29 September  is a groundbreaking concert film brought to cinema screens worldwide. Written and directed by Roger Waters and Sean Evans, the film is based on The Wall Live, the biggest global tour by any solo artist in history. Roger Waters The Wall unfolds on many levels: as an immersive concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, as a road movie of Waters’s reckoning with the past, and as a stirring anti-war film highlighting the human cost of conflict.

Thursday 15 October the eagerly awaited Hamlet (Live, 12a) comes to cinemas. Starring Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) who takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. An encore screening will be shown on Thursday 5 November for those who missed it first time around.

Of Mice and Men (Live, 12a) on Thursday 19 November stars Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the highly-anticipated screening of this ‘riveting, powerful production’ (Independent). This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

On Tuesday 22 December we have the perfect theatre treat for the festive season with a new adaptation of Jane Eyre (Encore, 12a) almost 170 years on. Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

National Theatre Live is by the Royal National Theatre in London and broadcasts via satellite, performances of their productions to movie theatres, cinemas and arts centres in the world. It gives people outside of London the chance to see renowned and groundbreaking theatre that they otherwise would not see.

More events are to be announced throughout the year – but we think this is enough to put dates in your diary!

All National Theatre Live tickets at The Atkinson are  still £10 but  start times may vary. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

Please be advised that from September 1 there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 50p per ticket for over the counter sales.



Posted on 28 August 2015 under General news

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