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Sting: The Last Ship

Sting Live: “Show Some Respect”

Sting performs “Show Some Respect” from his album and upcoming musical, The Last Ship. He is backed by a 14-piece band and actor and singer Jimmy Nail, who will appear in the upcoming stage production. The Last Ship is set against the demise of the local Wallsend shipbuilding industry and tells the story of a […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

About the Program

See Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, in their first-ever live concert performance to be broadcast on television. The evening of Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass took place at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. The program comes to PBS in […]

GP at The Met: The Nose

About the Opera

William Kentridge’s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose stars Tony Award winner Paulo Szot as Kovalyov, a hapless bureaucrat who awakes one morning to discover that his nose has run away. Watch The Nose on Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, February 23, […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

About the Celebration

The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a starry cast of theater legends to applaud the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative wellspring’s of international […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Judi Dench Sings “Send in the Clowns”

Judi Dench sings Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from the musical A Little Night Music (1973). Dench starred as Desiree in the musical’s 1995 revival at the National Theatre. The role helped Dench to earn an unprecedented double, taking the Olivier award for Best Actress in a Musical in the same year as the […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Benedict Cumberbatch in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Watch Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch play Rosencrantz and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith play Guildenstern in a scene from Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play was first performed at The National Theatre in 1967. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch as Rosencrantz in Scene from Tom Stoppard Play National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage airs Friday, February […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

War Horse Scene

In this War Horse scene performed live at National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, watch Jack Holden as Albert, and Toby Oliè, Thomas Wilton and Michael Brett as the puppeteers who collectively are the horse Joey. War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in 2007 and won five 2011 Tony Awards on Broadway. Watch Scene […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Le Prevost in Bedroom Farce

Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) and Nicholas Le Prevost (Shakespeare in Love and a regular of Masterpiece productions including Foyle’s War and Inspector Morse) perform a comic scene as Delia and Ernest, respectively, in Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce. Cold feet and pilchards-on-toast are among the topics of their bedroom banter. The play premiered […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors

James Corden performs a slapstick scene from his starring role of Francis Henshall in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, which opened at the National Theatre in 2011. Corden starred in the Broadway production that opened in April 2012, and for which he won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Watch […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Guys and Dolls: Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat

In 1982, Richard Eyre’s multi-award-winning Olivier Theatre revival of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s “Guys and Dolls” became the biggest hit of the National Theatre’s first 20 years. In National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, Clive Rowe reprises his role as Nicely-Nicely from 1996, when he was part of the revival of Richard […]