The person who came up with the idea of live screenings for National Theatre productions has my heartfelt thanks; it was a stroke of genius. Our busy lifestyles do not always allow us to drop everything and shoot down to London to catch a show. Added to this, short runs often mean that tickets become gold-dust. Therefore, to be able to sit in a cinema and watch an amazing production is a real treat.
Since the National Theatre started doing this, I have had the chance to watch many productions. Stand out plays are ‘Frankenstein’ with Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ with Luke Treadaway. Don’t get me wrong, all of the shows are excellent but these had that extra little sparkle.
Coming close was the production that I saw at my local cinema this week, ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead’. The main characters are played by Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua Mcguire with the Player King being played by David Haig. This is a play by Tom Stoppard and is the back story of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and blends into the action of ‘Hamlet’ which is threaded into the play. Radcliffe and Mcquire are a super double act and Harry Potter has been well and truly banished. They make jokes and muse about death while waiting for Hamlet, unaware of their fate but aware that something may be happening. David Haig is superb and almost steals the show. I loved it.