National Theatre Live Presents New Slate of Productions at the Clark Art Institute


For Immediate Release
 
August 26, 2014
 
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Williamstown, MA—The latest season of London’s National Theatre Live broadcasts kicks off Thursday, September 4 at 2 pm at the Clark Art Institute with Medea, Euripides’ powerful tragedy starring Helen McCrory. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.

The complete season, offering a rich array of London’s best productions that range from classic to contemporary, includes:

Medea
September 4, 2 pm
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Ben Power’s new version is directed by Carrie Cracknell.
 
A Streetcar Named Desire
September 16, 2014, 2 pm
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic's history, Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois, Ben Foster as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. As Blanche's fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace—but her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics' Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.
 
Skylight
November 13, 2014, 2 pm
Encore performance
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis  receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
 
JOHN
December 9, 2014, 3 pm
Artistic Director Lloyd Newson interviewed more than fifty men, asking them frank questions about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged is a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use, and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. Contains adult themes, strong language, and nudity; suitable for age 18 and up.
 
Treasure Island
January 22, 2015, 2 pm
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in—and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for age 10 and up.
 
Tickets for all performances are $18 ($15 members) except encore presentations, which are $15 ($12 members).
 
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The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.
 
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