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Angels in America at the National Theatre in London

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Last week, I saw Angels in America at the National Theatre in London. Each of the two plays is a remarkable, thrilling production/performance, with fine actors, including Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter; Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn; Russell Tovey as Joseph Pitt; and James McArdle as Louis Ironson. Each of these actors is nothing short of magnificent. The first play -- Millennium Approaches -- is probably the better play and runs 3 1/2 hours. Perestroika, the second play, runs 4 1/2 hours and is great theater, though as a play not as well put together as the first, though it has fine scenes, language, and performances.

 

I had seen the previous production at the National, back in 1992 and 1993 (each play was done a year apart). I think this production is richer and still timely, sadly, in so many ways.

 

The plays will be screened as part of NT Live in the United States, next month I think. I highly recommend them.

 

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Two of Britain's best young actors: Russell Tovey and James McArdle

 

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Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, both perfect

 

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Andrew Garfield, who is brilliant

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I know you see a lot of theater, but this sounds really special. What's the deal with NT Live? Is it one of those closed-circuit broadcast things to different venues? I'd love to catch this. The cast sounds really solid. I'm glad Nathan Lane is taking roles like this. PBS showed ​The Nance ​as part of Live From Lincoln Center not too long ago and he gave a stunning performance.

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I know you see a lot of theater, but this sounds really special. What's the deal with NT Live? Is it one of those closed-circuit broadcast things to different venues? I'd love to catch this. The cast sounds really solid. I'm glad Nathan Lane is taking roles like this. PBS showed ​The Nance ​as part of Live From Lincoln Center not too long ago and he gave a stunning performance.

 

NT Live is a process whereby plays at the National Theatre in London are transmitted to movie theaters in the UK and US, to audiences who pay to see them, like movies. The dates are publicized well in advance. The cost is a bit more than a movie, but much less than a play. I know friends in NYC are planning to see them soon.

 

Because the National Theatre has the infrastructure, sometimes they are hired to transmit other theaters' plays as well.

 

Here's the link, go to "Find a Venue," put in your country, city, then you'll see the venues available to you. Actually, some of the theaters in the U.S. seem to be showing Part I on July 20; Part II on July 27. But search around your area.

 

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/venues

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