We know, we know: Your local high school?s production of The Music Man was ?riveting? (Mrs. Haskell, librarian) and ?not to be missed? (Elsa Bradsworth, third-grader).
But when it comes to the thee-ay-ter, there?s kind of no rival for the British stage. (Laurence Olivier. Swoon.)
That?s why we?re so pumped to have discovered National Theatre Live, which beams live telecasts of big-deal London plays to a movie theater near you.
NT Live currently works with some 600 participating U.S. theaters, so all you have to do is buy your ticket online in advance (typically around $20), then show up at the multiplex on the day of your screening. There, you?ll be treated to a high-definition, high-audio telecast straight from the London stage. (NT Live relies on a handful of cameras throughout the U.K. audience to simulate the sensation of having the best seat in the house.)
Much like a ?real? play, you?re expected to laugh, whoop and clap--and it?s totally acceptable to give a standing ovation to actors who are thousands of miles away.
Up for 2014: The National Theatre company?s stunning production of War Horse (starts February 27), cutie Tom Hiddleston in Shakespeare?s Coriolanus (starts January 30) and Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes?s highly anticipated King Lear (starts May 1).