Some of the finest live theatre in the world returns to movie screens this month, and this time audiences are in for a brand new play from an all-star British theatrical team. Award-winning writer Alan Bennett is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (“One Man, Two Guvnors”) and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on “The History Boys” and “The Habit of Art.” Bennett’s new play “People” will be broadcast live from the National Theatre of London to cinemas around the world this week. The play will show at Sierra Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (March 21) and again at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do?” Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.
Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights, and the much anticipated “People” is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre. Following its original run at the National Theatre, “The History Boys” transferred to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, and toured internationally before being turned into a film, again directed by Nicholas Hytner and with a cast including Frances de la Tour.
Bennett and Hytner also collaborated on the award-winning play and film “The Madness of King George” and their last stage production, “The Habit of Art,” was broadcast as part of National Theatre Live in 2010.
National Theatre Live performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to almost 400 cinemas around the world, live in Europe and some U.S. 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.
“People” runs approximately three hours including intermission.