8.8/10
167
2 user

Fifty Years on Stage (2013)

National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage (original title)
Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Frankenstein (TV Movie 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andreea Paduraru
Hamlet (TV Movie 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his Uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans his revenge.

Director: Robin Lough
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds, Leo Bill
The Audience (TV Movie 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

For Sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace- a meeting like no other in British public life- it is private. Both ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Helen Mirren, Paul Ritter, Edward Fox
Skylight (TV Movie 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Lough
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, Matthew Beard
War Horse (TV Movie 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Marianne Elliott
Stars: Nigel Allen, Derek Arnold, Alex Avery
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A jealous king jeopardizes his family, friendships and succession.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Miranda Raison, Jaygann Ayeh, Tom Bateman
The Last Enemy (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Researcher Dr. Stephen Ezard returns home to the UK after the reported death of his brother, Michael Ezard, only to find that his widow, Yasim Anwar, is harboring a wanted yet deathly ill ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog ... See full summary »

Director: Marianne Elliott
Stars: Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

Director: Robin Lough
Stars: Jonathan Bailey, Sandy Batchelor, Adam Berry
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Damien Molony, Olivia Vinall, Parth Thakerar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Medea, a woman stricken with grief after learning that her ex-husband has decided to remarry is faced with impossible choices in this exhilarating and breathtaking adaptation of Medea.

Director: Carrie Cracknell
Stars: Lorna Brown, Vivien Carter, Michaela Coel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Benedict Andrews, Nick Wickham
Stars: Gillian Anderson, Clare Burt, Lachele Carl
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
Howard Brenton ...
Himself
Mikey Brett ...
Joey
...
...
Philip Correia
Rosalie Craig ...
...
...
Kay
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fifty Years on Stage  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Send in the Clowns
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Judi Dench
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Snippets of great plays leaves you longing for full productions
20 February 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

You will enjoy this more if you know a bit about the Royal National Theatre, such as that it was founded in 1963, and is one of the United Kingdom's most prominent publicly funded performing arts institutions. Many of the most well known British actors have appeared in its productions, which include dramas, comedies, classics, new plays and musicals. In 2009, the theatre began National Theatre Live (NT Live), a simulcast of live productions shown in cinemas, first in the United Kingdom and then internationally. In celebration of its 50 years of performances, this special event was put together and broadcast live as well, and is shown in the USA as a part of PBS' Great Performances.

The number of A-list actors and number of well-known plays this theatre featured at one time or another makes this show worth watching - you will find yourself saying more than once, "Wow, he/she was at the National Theatre? They did THAT play there?!." But that said, it was probably more satisfying watching this live, knowing that this was all happening in real time as you were watching, than it is to watch it recorded. The actors do a remarkable job of reaching emotional highs and creating compelling, honest moments in the snippets of plays they recreate from a variety of productions, however, you feel cheated when those brief moments end - just when you're getting into the characters and the moment, whoosh, it's over and we've moved on. Also, a few actors feel like they are just reciting something pretty, not really creating a moment.

If you love live theatre, or any of the actors featured, you will enjoy this. If you appreciate the history and grandeur of the National Theatre, you will enjoy this even more.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fifty Years on Stage (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?