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Thursday, December 1

National Theatre: Three New Shows

National Theatre of London HD Broadcasts

Three new broadcasts announced and on sale now!
Comedy of Errors (3/3/2012) On sale to public Dec 2 with ten other shows*

Travelling Light (2/9/2012)
She Stoops to Conquer (3/31/2012)

On sale to members Dec 2
On sale to non-members Dec 16

The Music Hall has just announced the balance of the 2011-2012 season for the National Theatre of London HD Broadcast series. Comedy of Errors (3/3/2012) is on sale to members now and goes on sale to non-members Friday December 2. Travelling Light (2/9/2012) and She Stoops to Conquer (3/31/2012) go on sale to members Friday December 2 and to non-members on Friday December 16. The 2011-2012 season kicked off with One Man, Two Guvnors and The Kitchen and continues Thursday December 1 with Collaborators.

*Ten other shows are on sale to the public on Friday December 2 – Stephen Sondheim’s Company – On Screen in HD (1/14), Henry Louis Gates (1/17), Carolina Chocolate Drops (1/26), Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires (2/3), A Night in Paris Cabaret (2/14), Jonny Lang (2/16), The Tempations (2/24), Sandra Bernhard (3/10), Get the Led Out (3/23) and Erik Larson (5/8).

According to Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis, “What the Met is to Opera, the National in London is to Theatre. Both of these HD Broadcast series are phenomenal! Come see what theatre-lovers are raving about.”

2011-2012 Season

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast: Travelling Light

Thursday February 9, 2012 7pm

Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, this new play by renowned UK playwright Nicholas Wright is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. The award-winning Antony Sher–whose previous work with the National Theatre includes Primo and Stanley–returns to play Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant who bankrolls the young cinematic pioneer Motl Mendl. Travelling Light is directed by Nicholas Hytner.

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast: The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
Saturday March 3, 2012 1pm
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Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale.  And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home.  A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. Consistently recognized by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset.  Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time.

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast: She Stoops to Conquer

Saturday March 31, 2012 1pm
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One of the great, generous-hearted, and ingenious comedies of the English language, She Stoops to Conquer, by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, was first performed in London in 1773. A young lady poses as a servant girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. Many delightful deceits and hilarious plot turns ensue as misdemeanors multiply, love blossoms, and mayhem ensues in this celebration of chaos, courtship, and the dysfunctional family.

“One of the showpieces of 18th century comedy. . .Goldsmith knew how to make audiences laugh. . .” – The New York Times

To Purchase Tickets for National Theatre of London HD

Tickets are $27.50, or $15.00 for ages 18 and under. They can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603-436-2400, or online.

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About The Music Hall: An American Treasure for the Arts

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus—one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, matinees for children, and more. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

“The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe

About the National Theatre of London

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 more than 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.