National Theatre Live to make Istanbul screen debut

Londonand’s National Theatre cinemacasts, starring such glittering names as Benedict Cumberbatch, James Franco and Carey Mulligan, are headed to an Istanbul screen this season thanks to a new collaboration between National Theatre Live and Salon iKSV.
Not only the Royal National Theatreand’s hit productions but also those from Broadway stages will be shown as part of the four-play program, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (iKSV) announced in a press release issued Monday.
The program will begin in November with the National Theatreand’s record-breaking new production of and”Hamlet,and” starring Cumberbatch as a modern-day rendition of the Danish prince. and”Hamletand” became the companyand’s most widely watched production last week when it was seen by over 225,000 people as National Theatre Live aired the play in a live telecast from the Barbican Theater in over 1,400 theaters in 25 countries on Thursday night.
The three-hour play, directed by Lyndsey Turner, will have its Turkish big-screen debut on Nov. 15 and tickets for the entire season will be made available starting Nov. 5, the iKSV said.
and”Hamletand” will be shown two more times, on Nov. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. at Salon.
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h2 Broadway revival of Steinbeck classic at Salonh2 The second play on the bill is and”Of Mice and Men,and” one of the previous seasonand’s hits on Broadway, which will be making the leap to Istanbul after its British big-screen debut last fall.
James Franco plays the sharp but uneducated George and Chris Oand’Dowd portrays the simple-minded Lennie in the John Steinbeck classic, which was the storyand’s first revival on a Broadway stage in 40 years.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, and”Of Mice and Menand” was the first Broadway production recorded by National Theater Live for its telecasts when the production was filmed during its final weeks of performances in July 2014 at the Longacre Theatre.
The play will be shown twice, on Dec. 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. in Salon.
h2 Tony-winning andlsquoSkylight,and’ documentary theater andlsquoJohnand’h2 and”Skylight,and” a 2014 production of David Hareand’s 1995 play, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in its leading roles, is Januaryand’s offering in the lineup.
Directed by Stephen Daldry and filmed live during its 2014 run in Londonand’s West End, this production of and”Skylightand” won the Tony Award for best revival in 2015.
In it, Mulligan plays a schoolteacher who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur, whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their relationship only to find themselves in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
The play marked the West End stage debut by Mulligan, whose big screen credits include and”An Education,and” and”The Great Gatsbyand” and and”Inside Llewyn Davis.and”
It will be shown in Salon on Jan. 10 and 24 at 3 p.m.
The last production on the bill is and”John,and” a dance-theater piece by 8 Physical Theatre. The performance, which combines spoken word with movement, follows the titular character as he attempts to build himself a new life after years of crime and drug use.
Based on interviews conducted by 8and’s artistic director, Lloyd Newson, the production contains adult themes, strong language and nudity and iKSV says the play is suitable for audiences over 18 years of age.
and”Johnand” will be shown twice, on Feb. 7 and 21 at 3 p.m.
Tickets for all telecasts will be made available at Biletix on Nov. 5. For further information and updates, see

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