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Friday, March 11

National Theatre of London HD: Frankenstein

The Music Hall, the landmark Victorian theatre in downtown Portsmouth, will be screening its latest HD broadcast from the National Theatre of London: Frankenstein on Thursday, March 17, 2010 at 7pm.  Director of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, and 127 Hours, Danny Boyle will be making his debut at the National Theatre of London directing Nick Dear’s stage adaption of the classic Mary Shelly novel, Frankenstein.

According to Music Hall Film Coordinator Chris Curtis, “With its iconic architecture, unrivalled riverside location and, above all, truly world-class productions, the National Theatre is a must for anyone visiting London. But The Music Hall makes it easy for you. No passport required! Whether you’re an Anglophile or a lover of international theater, there is an unparalleled range of performances to suit you. Called ‘One of the Seven Wonders of London’ by Time Out, The National Theatre of London is a great new partner for The Music Hall.”

About Frankenstein
A new play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returns to the theatre to direct this visionary new production.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Performance Running Time: Approximately 2 hours (no interval)
Suitable only for 15yrs+

Tickets for National Theatre of London HD
Tickets are $27.50 per broadcast, 18 & under: $15. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603.436.2400, or online at http://www.themusichall.org

Series sponsor
Seatrade International, Inc.


About The Music Hall: An American Treasure for the Arts
The Music Hall is a nonprofit performing arts center that entertains 100,000 patrons, including 20,000 school children, annually with acclaimed film, music, theater, and dance performances. Its historic 900-seat theater, built in 1878, is the oldest in New Hampshire and designated an “American Treasure” by the U.S. Senate in the Save America’s Treasures Program administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service. Living out its mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community, The Music Hall presents diverse and relevant programming, including its signature series and innovative community outreach programs, and hosts numerous community fundraisers and celebrations for the benefit of more than 40 local nonprofits.  A cultural anchor in a thriving Seacoast economy, The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $5.5 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is a 501c3 tax exempt, fiscally responsible nonprofit organization, managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees. The historic hall is located in Portsmouth, the seaport city recently named a “Distinctive Destination” for 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the “20 Best Towns in America” by Outside magazine (July 2008). For more information about The Music Hall and its schedule of events, visit http://www.themusichall.org .

About the London National Theatre
The National’s first performance - with Peter O’Toole as Hamlet - was given in 1963, under Laurence Olivier’s Directorship. For its first 13 years, the Company worked at the Old Vic Theatre, while waiting for its new home to be completed. In 1976, under Peter Hall, the move took place and the building was opened by The Queen. Since its inception, the National has presented over 500 plays, and several different productions can be seen in any one week. Successors to Peter Hall as Director of the National Theatre have been Richard Eyre from 1988 to 1997, Trevor Nunn from 1997 to 2003 and Nicholas Hytner who took over in April 2003. The National’s building was refurbished thanks to a grant from the Lottery fund, and stands next to Waterloo Bridge on the South Bank of the Thames in London. It consists of three permanent auditoriums - the large open-stage Olivier Theatre, the more conventional, proscenium-stage Lyttelton Theatre , and a small studio theatre, the Cottesloe Theatre - which seat nearly 2,500 people altogether.