Drama

Watch full episodes of great theater works, including Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury; King Lear starring Ian McKellen and Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart.

Indecent

The Tony Award-winning play Indecent comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES as part of the fall Broadway’s Best lineup. Indecent, along with the previously announced GREAT PERFORMANCES airings of She Loves Me, Present Laughter, and Holiday Inn, was directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of both GREAT PERFORMANCES and THIRTEEN’s local Theater Close-Up series. The four titles are productions by BroadwayHD in association with THIRTEEN […]

Premiered November 17, 2017 | Video expires December 1, 2017

Noël Coward’s Present Laughter

Kevin Kline’s Tony Award®-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, first produced in 1942 with Coward himself in the leading role, comes to PBS continuing the GREAT PERFORMANCES marathon within PBS’s Fall Broadway’s best lineup. Noël Coward’s Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido, the theater’s favorite leading man suddenly […]

Premiered November 3, 2017 | Video expires December 1, 2017

Driving Miss Daisy

Race relations in America, told through a complex relationship between a widow and her chauffeur. Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively.  Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises his Broadway role as Boolie Werthan.

Premiered July 17, 2015 | Video expires July 16, 2018

Twilight: Los Angeles

When Anna Deavere Smith’s drama Twilight: Los Angeles premiered in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater.

Premiered June 29, 2012

La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

Conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, selections include music by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, performed by the New York Philharmonic and featuring Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming and Josh Groban. The concert includes video projection with animated graphics and film clips related to the films La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West, Il Postino and more.

Premiered February 27, 2015 | Video expires February 28, 2018

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Directed by the National Theatre’s Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, the star-studded evening of live performance also features rare glimpses from the archive spotlighting many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on the National’s London stages over the past five decades.

Premiered February 14, 2014
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Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning performance as the legendary actor John Barrymore. Set in 1942, Barrymore shines a dramatic spotlight on the acclaimed—and notorious— John Barrymore, capturing the famously combative star in the final months of his life as he struggles to prepare for a backer’s audition to stage a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.

Premiered January 31, 2014
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The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.

The films – chronicling a bloody tale of family, politics and power — tell the rise and fall of three Kings and how their destiny shaped English history.

Premiered September 20, 2013
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