National Theatre Live productions to be shown at the Dietrich Theater

By Erica Rogler - More than movies | August 31st, 2015 5:00 pm

Is it possible to see plays performed in New York and London, England, onscreen at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania? Well, believe it or not, we are thrilled to announce that National Theatre Live productions of “Of Mice and Men,” “Hamlet,” “Treasure Island” and “The Audience” will be onscreen at the Dietrich Theater very soon. Live acclaimed theatre on film right in downtown Tunkhannock.

The first production of National Theatre Live will be at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 11 and 25, with “Of Mice and Men,” the hit Broadway production, filmed on stage in New York, with Golden Globe winner and Academy Award winner nominee James Franco and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd. This landmark revival of John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a testament to the bonds of friendship.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of “Hamlet” in Shakespeare’s great tragedy at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1 and 15. It tells the story of a country arming itself for war while a family tears apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of the predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” a story of murder, money and mutiny will captivate young and old alike at 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 3 and 17. It tells the story of a dark and stormy night, the stars are out and Jim opens the door of the inn to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea chest full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and his dangerous voyage begins.

And to round out this spectacular array of plays, the acclaimed production of “The Audience” with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth will be shown at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 7 and 21. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they will discuss, even their spouses.

So mark your calendars for a feast of acclaimed theatre productions that you do not have to travel far to see. Tickets are available now at the ticket booth and may be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. Special rates are available for groups, students, children and members of the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater.

While you are at it, check out for a full list of fall events and classes. Our Fall Film Festival Gala, set for Friday, Sept. 18 is filling up fast, so don’t delay to make your reservation at 570-996-1500. Discover how much is going on at the Dietrich Theater. Come join us!

By Erica Rogler

More than movies

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