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Movies at the Playhouse


From 2015 all film screenings will take place at 7.30pm.

Most NT shows, including encore screenings, start at 7pm unless advised differently by NT.


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Singin' In The Rain

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Singin' In The Rain (2008)
Thursday 5 February - 7.30pm
Doors open: 7pm
Running Time - 1 hour 43 minutes
Widley considered as Hollywood's greatest musical, this classic from 1952 follows the shaky path of a small movie studio as its actors, producers and technicians make the transition from silent hilm making to the age of sound.

Don Lockwood (Kelly) and his co-star Lina Lamont (Hagen) are darlings of the silent silver untill their studio boss instists their latest movie is to be released as a musical. However, Lamont's singing voice could strip wallpaper, so a plan is hateched to secretly have her voice dubbed by struggling chorus girl Kathy Selden (Reynolds).

With great song and dance numbers, superb performances and laugh out loud comedy, this is one classic movie not to be missed on the big screen!
Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno, Douglas Fowley
Directed by: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly


American Hustle

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American Hustle (2013)
Wednesday 11 February - 7.30pm
Running Time - 2 hours 10 minutes

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. 

Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence

Directed by: David O'Russell



Treasure Island


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Treasure Island

Wednesday 18 February - 7pm
Doors open - 6.30pm

Robert Louis Stevenson's story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast from the National Theatre.

It's a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in - and her dangerous voyage beings.


Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks

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Saving Mr Banks (2013)
Wednesday 25 February - 7.30pm
Doors/Bar Open - 7pm
Running Time - 2 hours 5 mins (approx.)

Author P.L. Travers (Thompson) reflects on her own childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney (Hanks), who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman

Directed by John Lee Hancock




Suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Thursday 12 March - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

A new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo.

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.





Maxine Peake as Hamlet


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Maxine Peake as Hamlet
Wednesday 8 April - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as "delicately ferocious" by The Guardian and "a milestone Hamlet" by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.



The Hard Problem


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The Hard Problem

Thursday 21 May - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

A new play by Tom Stoppard.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.





Man and Superman


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Man and Superman

Thursday 4 June - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.