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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW is delighted to present another season of National Theatre Live from London, via satellite. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

Transmissions are shown in high-definition in the OLLI Building at 620 S. College Road, unless otherwise noted.


2015 Season --- COMING SOON
NT Live "The Beaux Strategem"

The Beaux’ Strategem
by George Farquhar
Thursday, Oct. 1
2 – 5 p.m.
$18 OLLI members, $20 nonmembers

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux:’ Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem:’ to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.
But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch

Shakespeare's Hamlet

starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Two screenings:



Thursday, October 15 - 2 p.m. (live transmission)

OLLI Building



Thursday, October 15 - 7 p.m.

Lumina Theater (time delayed)

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh,Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.Sonia Friedman Productions.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

DONMAR Coriolanus: William Shakespeare Tom Hiddleston takes the title role, directed by Josie Rourke

Thursday, Nov. 19
2 – 5 p.m.
$18 OLLI members, $20 nonmembers

National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to OLLI by popular demand. Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus, features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home, too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

National Theatre JANE EYRE based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte - picture of a young woman

Jane Eyre

Tuesday, Dec. 8
2 p.m.
$18 OLLI members, $20 nonmembers

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT - photo of actress Rosalie Craig

As You Like It
coming in February 2016
2 – 5 p.m.
$18 OLLI members, $20 nonmembers


Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation.

Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

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