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Harbison Theatre sets the stage for last ‘National Theatre Live’ screening of the season

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College will finish out this year’s National Theatre Live season with its fourth and final selection, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is a comedic retelling of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” from the perspective of two minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The National Theatre Live performance stars Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire.

National Theatre Live, now in its third year at Harbison Theatre, is a program that records live performances from the Royal National Theatre in London and broadcasts them to theaters all around the world. This year Harbison Theatre has also screened No Man’s Land, Peter Pan, and Amadeus as part of the National Theatre Live program.

The goal of National Theatre Live is to bring quality theater productions to local audiences for a low price, said Harbison Theatre’s executive director Kristin Cobb. The performances are recorded in front of a live audience on multiple cameras from different angles to foster a sense of realism. And so far, the screenings have been successful in drawing Harbison’s audiences in.

“The audience reacts as if they are seeing a live performance – that is just how good these screenings are with powerful performances,” said Cobb. “The audience gives standing ovations as if the actors were right there to receive them.”

In the future, Cobb hopes to expand the audience for National Theatre Live and coordinate with local schools for special screenings. “It is a special treat and I hope more patrons will give an NTL screening a try—I think they will come back for more,” she said.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will be shown on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.harbisontheatre.org.

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