NT Live’s The Beaux’ Stratagem: Exuberant Comedy at the Campus Theatre Oct. 4
October 04, 2015
Posted on September 11, 2015, BY Staff
National Theatre Live screenings continue at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. with what The Observer calls a "[f]resh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining" production of The Beaux' Stratagem.
Simon Godwin (Man & Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The "Beaux" — Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer — are two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their "Stratagem": to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest. But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen, they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered. In four-star reviews of the production, Time Out calls it "Exuberant. Deliciously modern," while The Times notes that it is "Sharp. Beautifully revived. A treat." The Evening Standard says it is, "Fresh and assured. Susannah Fielding proves herself the mistress of comic timing."
NT Live productions are screened in more than 1,500 venues worldwide. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen via satellite throughout the world. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These encore screenings are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.
Admission Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, Students: $10, $5 with ID. No advanced ticket purchases. Ages 15+
Other screenings in the fall 2015 series, all of which begin at 1 p.m., include:
Oct. 18: The Audience Helen Mirren reprises her Tony and Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in an encore screening of the original West End production of The Audience. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
Nov. 1 — Hamlet Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
Jan. 31 — Coriolanus Tom Hiddleston stars in Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on hero and defender Coriolanus.
Feb. 14 — Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë's story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
April 3 — As You Like It In Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love and change. Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. Disguising herself as a boy, Rosalind embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
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