From theater critic Misha Berson:
It’s not like sitting in an audience, breathing the same air as the actors and watching them close-up and personal. But the ongoing series of filmed live productions from London, screened at SIFF in Seattle and Landmark theaters, are the second-best thing. And they give you access to some thrilling performances by Britain’s finest stage actors under leading directors, without the cost of an international airline ticket.
Coming attractions in the near future are very enticing.
SIFF Cinema’s Stage to Screen series is showing an acclaimed National Theatre version of the Euripides classic “Medea” with Helen McCrory (yes, she did “Harry Potter” films too) in the title role, through Oct.16. The wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch alternates with Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, in an encore showing of National Theatre’s “Frankenstein,” Oct. 31-Nov. 2. And those of us who can’t get enough of Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan will have the treat of watching them together as estranged lovers in David Hare’s “Skylight,” a Broadway-bound National Theatre hit. (Nov. 7-13).
Landmark’s Guild 45th will be screening more Bard of Avon productions from the Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Series. From this London theater, a replica of the playhouse where may of the Bard’s works were first staged, next comes “The Tempest” (Oct. 28); “Macbeth” (Nov. 11); and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Dec. 4).