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National Theatre live events

If you're thinking of taking a trip to the West End during the summer, you might be surprised to know that you don't have to go to the theatre to enjoy it - in fact, the only place you need to go is your local Vue cinema.

With National Theatre live, you can watch live performances of some of film and TV's hottest stars right now and you don't need to travel far to do it.

So what's on with the National Theatre live this year?

The Audience - 16 July, 13 September 2013

Helen Mirren

Reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren stars in The Audience in her Academy Award-winning role.

Following her success as Her Majesty in the 2006 film The Queen, Peter Morgan penned both this film and the subsequent play The Audience. Telling the story of the weekly meetings between the Queen and prime ministers between her accession back in 1952 up to the present day, The Audience is an intelligent and succinct portrayal of the trials and tribulations of the monarch. Morgan received advice from Professor Vernon Bogdanor, former tutor of David Cameron, to write the content of these meetings.

The Audience returns to the stage after a highly critically-acclaimed run earlier this year and is not to be missed.

Helen Mirren's screen credits can only be matched by her stage credits - as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, she has been a regular to the Bard's work since 1965.

Macbeth - 20th July 2013

Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston

Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh returns to the stage as Macbeth for the first time in over ten years. Manchester International Festival's production will be broadcast live on 20th July.

Branagh has an impressive resume to his name, having starred in a number of TV series and blockbuster films, including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Valkyrie, Thor and The Road to El Dorado. He's also directed or starred in a number of Shakespeare film adaptations - these include Much Ado About Nothing in 1993 where he starred alongside Emma Thompson and Keanu Reeves, Othello in 1995 and As You Like It in 2006.

Alex Kingston is known for her TV show appearances as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in ER and as River Song in Doctor Who. She takes the role of Lady Macbeth in this Theatre Production.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous, gripping and dramatic plays - and with National Theatre at the helm, it's sure to be a spectacle worth seeing.

Othello - 26 September 2013

Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear

A tale of jealousy, drama and intrigue, Othello will be broadcast live in September this year. Starring Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester - who you may have seen in BBC's Hustle, Othello promises to be an engaging production.

Rory Kinnear takes the role of scheming, fair-weather friend Iago in this production. You will have seen him in James Bond: Skyfall as Bill Tanner and his stage credits include Konstantin in Chekov's The Seagull, Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Denis Thatcher in the TV film Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.

Find out where to watch National Theatre Live at Vue Cinema. - images by bochella.

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