Alleyway Theatre Brings Some of the World’s Best Theatre to Buffalo with the National Theatre Live Series this Summer

Alleyway Theatre, a leading presenter of contemporary theatre, just announced its inaugural National Theatre Live (NTLive) screening series. This program will bring acclaimed productions from London’s West End to Buffalo audiences offering a unique opportunity to experience world-class theatre from the comfort of the Queen City.

NTLive utilizes innovative filming techniques to capture live stage performances in a cinema-like experience with close-up shots and camera angles that would not be possible in a traditional theatre setting, providing a more intimate perspective on the actors’ performances and nuanced expressions.

The initial lineup for the NTLive screening series features three productions, we are told more will be announced at a later date.

The Motive and The Cue (June 2nd & 3rd): This captivating new play explores the legendary rivalry between actors Richard Burton and John Gielgud during their rehearsals for Hamlet.

Dear England (July 7th & 8th): Examining the national obsession with football (soccer) in England, this play delves into the challenges faced by the England team in achieving international success.

King Lear (August 4th & 5th): Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy stars the renowned Ian McKellen in the title role. King Lear explores themes of betrayal, family, and the consequences of unchecked ambition.


June 2 at 2:00pm | June 3 at 7:00pm

The electrifying brand-new play directed by Sam Mendes that brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, with Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss. For fans of Shakespeare and the golden age of Hollywood.

Why would the most famous movie star in the world choose to do a play which everyone already knows? And what lures us back to the same plays, year after year? It’s 1964. Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

This fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity.


July 7 at 2:00pm | July 8 at 7:00pm

A gripping examination of nation and game from James Graham (Sherwood), directed by Rupert Goold (Judy). For sports fans and theatregoers alike.

Gareth Southgate (Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale) has brought hope back to the England squad but with the nation’s expectations upon his shoulders, what happens when football doesn’t come home? The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.

KING LEAR (2018)

August 4 at 2:00pm | August 5 at 7:00pm

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, Shakespeare’s play is broadcast from London’s West End, starring Ian McKellen in an ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear.

Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Beat the heat this summer, as you connect with fellow theatre enthusiasts and witness together the captivating performances and groundbreaking works unfold on screen, all in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District.

And for those with a fondness for all things British, here’s hoping there’s a sweet popcorn option!

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 29 for the first three titles.
General admission: $30 | Students: $20

Order online or in-person one hour prior to each performance, if tickets are still available!
Location: 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo (on Main Street in the Theatre District)

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