Announcing Three New National Theatre Live in HD Broadcasts

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream | October 28
Hansard | November 19
Present Laughter | December 17


June 27, 2019 (SANTA, FE, NM) — The Lensic proudly announces three new National Theatre Live in HD broadcasts, all filmed live onstage in London and shown in high-definition video on The Lensic’s big screen. Tickets for these new events go on sale at 10 am on Monday, July 1, 2019 (pre-sale for Lensic members at the $100+ level starts Friday, June 28).

National Theatre Live in HD: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
October 28, 2019, at 7 pm
$22 ($19 for Lensic members)
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations, with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest—a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs, and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

National Theatre Live in HD: Hansard
November 19, 2019, at 7 pm
$22 ($19 for Lensic members)
Hansard (noun): The official report of all parliamentary debates. See two-time Olivier Award winners Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen) in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night).

National Theatre Live in HD: Present Laughter
December 17, 2019, at 7 pm
$22 ($19 for Lensic members)
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colorful life is in danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire, and loneliness.

Summary: All NT Live in HD Broadcasts at The Lensic / Summer and Fall 2019
All broadcasts start at 7 pm. Tickets: $22 (Lensic Members $19). Available at, 505-988-1234, and at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe.

Small Island – July 16
Hamlet (Encore Presentation) – July 23
The Lehman Triology – July 30
One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore Presentation) – September 30
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – October 28
Hansard – November 19
Present Laughter – December 17

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