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Best of British theatre live from the London stage

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theatre, broadcast live from the London stage to cinemas around the world. The winter season offers a varied programme of classics including Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and As You Like It.

Jane Eyre

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontė's story still has the power to inspire, and this fresh interpretation has a feminist slant as it follows one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

Orphaned as a child, the spirited heroine faces many obstacles in life, surviving poverty, injustice and betrayal before ultimately deciding to follow her heart.

This acclaimed re-working of Brontė's masterpiece, which was performed over two evenings when first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, is now presented as a single performance.
Broadcast on 8 December with encore screenings in selected venues on various dates.

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson's ripping yarn of murder, mayhem and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, from the National Theatre. When a mysterious old sailor arrives at the inn carrying a huge sea-chest full of secrets, the inn-keeper's grand daughter invites him in, and so begins the voyage of adventure. Broadcast on 22 January 2016 with encore screenings to follow.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Directed by Josie Rourke and with a cast which includes Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire), this tale of seduction and betrayal is broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Coming to cinemas on 28 January 2016 and selected dates thereafter.

As You Like It

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind (Rosalie Craig) and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. Shaking off the shackles of convention, Rosalind enjoys a taste of freedom and, disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls head over heels in love. Shakespeare's popular comedy is broadcast live from the National Theatre on 25 February 2016, followed by encore screenings on selected dates in cinemas worldwide.
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Why? NT live theatre in cinemas worldwide
When: 8 Dec 2015 - 20 March 2016
Where: worldwide broadcasts
Cost: ticket prices available from individual cinemas
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