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National Theatre Live

A performance captured LIVE in HD from the UK’s National Theatre broadcast to 330 cinemas worldwide exclusively in Adelaide at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas


A performance captured LIVE in HD from the UK’s National Theatre broadcast to 330 cinemas worldwide exclusively in Adelaide at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas 

The National’s eagerly awaited new family show…

will enthral adults and children alike’  – Daily Telegraph, UK  Phedre9

A spectacular family production of Terry Pratchett’s NATION will be captured live in HD at the National Theatre in London on 30 January 2010 and broadcast in cinemas worldwide; including Australia on February 13 & 14.  Adapted by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Melly Still, NATION is an exhilarating adventure story of survival and self-discovery featuring live music, dance and extraordinary puppets, suitable for ages 10 and above. NATION follows the hugely successful broadcasts of Phèdre and All’s Well That Ends Well and, in most cinemas, will screen at 1pm matinee screenings. 

NT Live performances are captured live at the National Theatre in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 330 cinemas and performing arts centres around the world, live in Europe and some US cities, and time-delayed in countries further afield. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.  NT Live screenings in international venues, including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Scandinavia and Europe, are supported by Travelex, the world’s foreign exchange and business payments specialist. 

NATION is set in a parallel world in 1860.  Two teenagers, Mau and Daphne, are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home.  Mau wears next to nothing, Daphne a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer.  Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods.  Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

Terry Pratchett is one of the UK’s best-selling authors, whose work includes the Discworld series of 36 novels.  In total, his books have sold over 60 million copies in thirty-seven languages.  Terry Pratchett has won numerous literary awards including the Carnegie Medal; he was knighted in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.  Nation was published in 2008 and was longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for 2009.

The cast of NATION is led by Gary Carr (as Mau) and Emily Taaffe (as Daphne), and also includes: Gaye Brown, Paul Chahidi, Elaine Claxton, Adrian Decosta, Mike Denman, Lorna Gayle, Howard Gossington, Tony Hasnath, Robert Hastie, Michelle Lukes, Nick Malinowski, Michael Mears, Itxaso Moreno, Al Nedjari, Bhasker Patel, Nicholas Rowe, Sirine Saba, Craig Stein, David Sterne, Jason Thorpe and Nancy Wei George. 

The National Theatre

The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. It presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time.  The National aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike, and aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation’s culture. With its extensive programme of Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, exhibitions, and free outdoor entertainment the National recognises that the theatre doesn’t begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.  By touring – and now, NT Live – it shares its work with audiences in the UK and abroad.  The first NT Live season aims to capture the diversity of the National’s work:  a classic tragedy, a Shakespeare, a family show (Nation) and a new play.


The next play in the NT Live season will be Alan Bennett’s new play THE HABIT OF ART with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, to be filmed on 22 April 2010.


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