National Theatre Live has become a popular event at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and the announcement that Rosancrantz and Guildenstern are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe, in addition to Obsession featuring Jude Law, will both be screened later this May, is sure to please local audiences.
First up, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, Rosancrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight.
Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Following this, Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film.
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The National Theatre encore screening of Rosancrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 13th May at 7pm, and the National Theatre Live encore screening of Obsession will take place on Thursday 25th May at 7pm.