Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Shakespeare On The Silver Screen Brings National Theatre Live to Midtown!

Alamo Drafthouse announced that the screening of “National Theatre Live: Macbeth,” set for March 18 at Alamo's Midtown location, will be the first of many more National Theatre Live Events on the horizon!


As you've probably heard, we're collaborating with Alamo Drafthouse to present this year's season of Shakespeare On The Silver Screen, including the National Theatre Live broadcast of Macbeth. The screening will be held at Alamo Drafthouse’s newly-opened Midtown location on Monday, March 18. 

National Theatre Live is a project to broadcast live stage productions from professional theatres in the UK. During Monday's screening, movie-goers will be able to view the professional London production of Macbeth, filmed live at the Olivier Theatre in 2018. 
A scene from Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff and Moegenburg.
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), shows us the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth and Rory Kinnear as Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff and Moegenburg.
The performance stars Rory Kinnear as Macbeth. Kinnear is known for his onscreen roles as Frankenstein’s Monster in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful; as Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig era James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre; and for his onstage work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre where he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s villain Iago in Othello.

Each National Theatre Live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. A discussion will accompany this screening, led by Nebraska Shakespeare Artistic Director Sarah Brown.


Inspired by the On The Silver Screen collaboration, Alamo Drafthouse announced that they will be presenting all National Theatre Live events at their Midtown location, making Macbeth the inaugural event for ongoing National Theatre Live programming at Alamo!

Shakespeare On The Silver Screen is a focused on highlighting filmed versions of Shakespeare’s works. With National Theatre Live’s history of presenting such Shakespearean plays as King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, As You Like It, and Julius Caesar, among others, you can imagine our excitement that Omaha will be seeing many more screenings in the future!

Events like National Theatre Live’s Macbeth give the Omaha community access to impeccable theatre from around the globe. It is wonderful that more National Theatre Live events are being planned, and for the neighborhoods near Midtown that haven’t regularly had this opportunity. Though these performances are no replacement to attending live theatre, they are a great way to view a variety of productions for the price of a movie ticket, rather than a plane ticket. Plus, you can wear comfortable clothes and eat bottomless popcorn!
-Artistic Director, Sarah Lynn Brown
The Shakespeare On The Silver Screen presentation of National Theatre Live: Macbeth” will take place on Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse – Midtown (3201 Farnam St #6111, Omaha, NE 68131).  

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Alamo Drafthouse box office, or online at

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