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National Theatre Live tackles British politics

National Theatre Live returns to Grass Valley cinemas this week, and this time, audiences are in for a funny and moving political epic set in the British parliament. James Graham’s new play, “This House,” will be broadcast live from the National Theatre of London to cinemas around the world this week. The play will show at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (May 16) and again at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sierra Cinemas.

“This House” is set in 1974 where the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.

It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.

James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves and, on occasion, bend the rules to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

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 other counties. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium. “This House” runs approximately three hours, including intermission.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior/child/student, and are available at the Sierra Cinemas Box Office and online at http://sierratheaters.com.

For information, visit http://SierraTheaters.com.


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The Union Updated May 16, 2013 11:03AM Published May 15, 2013 11:14PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.