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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. South Africa’s […]

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. National […]

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 […]

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Ten Tales, Play by Play

By DANIEL ROSENTHAL Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, the definitive new history of the National Theatre of Great Britain, looks back at the original productions of ten of its most celebrated shows, as featured in Great Performances: 50 Years on Stage, airing Friday, February 14 at 9 pm. Enter to win a […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Highlights from The Last Ship

See images from Sting’s home town and hear him perform songs from his new album and forthcoming musical The Last Ship. The 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician shares an intimate evening of music and storytelling live at The Public Theater in New York City. Sting: The Last Ship will air on Great Performances, Friday, February 21, […]

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Full Episode

Distinguished star of stage and screen Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning role playing the legendary actor John Barrymore in the film adaptation of William Luce’s Broadway play. Barrymore airs on Great Performances, Friday, January 31 at 9 pm, ET on PBS (check local listings). Set in 1942, Barrymore shines a dramatic spotlight on the […]

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Interview with Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer talks to Paula Zahn, co-host of NYC-ARTS, about his remarkable performance as the fabled but faded star John Barrymore in his twilight days. Great Performances airs Barrymore on January 31, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Barrymore: Rehearsing Richard III

In this scene from Barrymore, John Barrymore (Christopher Plummer) banters with his line prompter Frank before beginning a rehearsal of Richard III, in which he struggles to remember the lines that once made him famous.

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Barrymore Excerpt: John Barrymore Introduces Himself

In this opening scene excerpt, acting legend John Barrymore (Christopher Plummer) introduces himself to the audience. He explains the anticipated revival of his “Richard III” production and mixes a drink to toast his late friend and fellow alcoholic, Henry.