Sunday, 30 December 2012

THE MAGISTRATE Starring John Lithgow Captured Live in HD and screening in Australian cinemas by NATIONALTHEATRE LIVE

Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out

‘A comedy treat that’s as crisp, ripe and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.’ Sunday Express

THE MAGISTRATE, by Arthur Wing Pinero, captured live in high definition will screen in Australian cinemas nationally by National TheatreLive and Sharmill Films on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 February, 2013. Directed by Tim Sheader, the cast includes John Lithgow, Nicholas Blane, Nicholas Burns, Nancy Carroll, Tamsin Carroll, Alexander Cobb, Christina Cole, Jonathan Coy, Richard Freeman, Don Gallagher, Amy Griffiths, Joshua Lacey, Christopher Logan, Nicholas Lumley, Joshua Manning, Joshua McGuire, Sean McKenzie, Sarah Ovens, Peter Polycarpou, Beverly Rudd, Roger Sloman and JezUnwin.
John Lithgow, who is potentially available for interviews in January 2013, takes the title role in THE MAGISTRATE, a fast, furious,brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London.
With his louche air and developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Magistrate Posket.
The imminent arrival of Cis’ godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hotel des Princes to warn him of her deception. But it’s also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge. High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other.  Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside.
John Lithgow’s extensive stage and screen appearances include the films The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment (for both of which he was Oscar-nominated), Footloose, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun (winning three Emmys and a Golden Globe Award) and Dexter (Emmy and Golden Globe Awards). His many leading roles on Broadway include Sweet Smell of Success (Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical),  M.Butterfly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Columnist (all earning Tony nominations), The Front Page and All My Sons; and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the RSC. He performed his one-man theatrical memoir Stories by Heart at the National Theatre in 2009.

John Lithgow is priceless.’ - The Times
‘The marvellous Nancy Carroll.’ - Daily Mail
‘A Victorian corker of a show.’ - Daily Mail

The Magistrate runs 3 hours including an interval.

The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe – where it presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time. Actors often appear in more than one play during a season or return to the National regularly. It is dedicated to the constant revitalisation of the great traditions of the British stage and to expanding the horizons of audiences and artists alike. The National Theatre aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation's culture.  With a commitment to openness, wide-reaching engagement and access for everyone, the National shares its resources, energy and creativity with audiences and theatre-makers around the globe; using its Studio for research and development of new work, offering extensive learning and public engagement programmes, touring and broadcasting in the UK and internationally, and creating innovative digital content.

National Theatre Live events are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience, Inc, the pioneer of global live “alternative content” digital cinema events.  

For moreinformation visit In Australia, National Theatre Live events are distributed by Sharmill Films 

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 500 cinemas around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield.  There are over 160 venues in the UK alongside venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, India, Scandinavia and Europe. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

Forthcoming NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE productions include:

PEOPLE (20 & 21 April, 2013) Frances de la Tour takes the part of Dorothy in her third new play by Alan Bennett at the National following The History Boys and The Habit of Art. She is joined by Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett.

This house (8& 9 June, 2013) Set in 1974, in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House, a new play by James Graham, strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is proudly supported by Aviva.  
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