How live screenings can take us to the heart of UK Theatreland…

Wouldn’t that be marvellous? And also rather spooky, in a Dr Who/Harry Potter kind of way.

While we wait for a teleportation machine to turn up, Hull Truck Theatre is bringing us the next best thing this September. A series of screenings, courtesy of the National Theatre Live initiative, will present the current crème de la crème of British theatre, direct from London, to local audiences.

The screenings promise all of the wonder of live West End theatre, minus the travel and eye-watering costs of a London visit. And the best seats in the house, no less.

The first screening, Julie, is a new version of August Strinberg’s Miss Julie, which examines class tensions. Featuring The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby as the eponymous lead and written by Polly Stenham, Julie will be broadcast from the National Theatre on 26 September. [Web link:]

The second, King Lear, stars the iconic, inimitable Sir Ian McKellen in his final Shakespearean theatre role. [Web link:]

McKellen’s performance in Chichester Festival Theatre’s five-star production is being hailed as ‘spellbinding’ and ‘magnificent’. King Lear will be broadcast live from the Duke of York’s Theatre on 27 September.

The NT Live screenings are part of ‘Hull Truck Screen’ programme, which also features film classics such as Pandora’s Box. [Web link:]

It all sounds like magic to me.



Hull Truck Screen Programme this September:

Pandora’s Box (1929), with live piano accompaniment. Friday 21 September, 7pm. Tickets £12 standard / £11 Hull Independent Cinema members / £10 students and under 25s

Julie, NT Live. Wednesday 26 September, 7pm. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions)

King Lear, NT Live. Thursday 27 September, 7pm. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions)