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A new season of National Theatre London Live begins

Rory Kincaid in a scene from The Threepenny Opera, which screens tonight at Sierra Cinemas as the first in the NT Live series.
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Well, who needs to go to London to see plays? Not I! No airline expense, no hotel to book, no expensive tickets to buy. I’ll just drive to Grass Valley and see the fascinating, diverse season coming up when our wonderful local Sierra Cinemas screens some new NTL plays and revives some favourites.

First up, tonight! The Threepenny Opera –an exhilarating new translation with a bold, modern take on this durable Brecht classic. While London scrubs up for a coronation, thieves are on the make, whores out seducing, and the police are cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr. and Mrs. Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the “beggary” business they run, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off.

Live music onstage and a stellar cast of NT Live favourites, including Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello): Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:15 p.m and Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m.



Next — The Deep Blue Sea. The setting — a flat in West London. 1952.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Helen McCrory (Medea) and Carrie Cracknell, director, bring a strong female sensibility to this riveting drama. Thursday, October 6 at 7:15 pm and Wednesday, October 12 at 3:30 pm.




A repeat performance of Frankenstein shows once on Thursday October 27 at 7:15 pm, directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and starring Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

(And if you’ve already seen it, come instead to the Nevada Theatre for another compelling drama, a staged reading of “Other Desert Cities”, by Jon Robin Baitz. It’s a story with a timely political underbelly about a family with secrets. John Deaderick, Karen Leigh Sharp and other local favourites perform.)

Look for repeat performances of:

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – Wednesday, November 9 at 7:15 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:15 pm

The enduring favourite, War Horse on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:15 pm

Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in a new production of Harold Pinter’s absurdist No Man’s Land on Thursday, December 15 at 7:15 pm.

For more information, go to http://www.sierracinemas.com/live

I’ll see all you theatre-lovers at Sierra Cinemas (840-C East Main Street, Grass Valley). What a great fall to look forward to!

Sandra Rockman is a Nevada County actor, director and acting teacher. She can be reached at sandrarockman@outlook.com.


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