These days you'll often find it's cheaper to see a play than to go to the cinema – what with cheap online ticket deals and the National Theatre's £12 Travelex season. But while the live theatrical experience is totally different to the cinematic one, sometimes the cheap seats don't afford you the best view. And sometimes it's not that convenient to travel to the theatre. Which are some of the reasons the National has come up with NT Live, where you see a live production of their latest season streamed directly into your local cinema.
Most of the big name plays get a showing, from Zoë Wanamaker in Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard," to the new production of "Frankenstein", to James Cordon in "One Man, Two Guv'nors" - plus other productions from the 2012 season. And the best thing is that there are literally hundreds of cinemas all over the country and all over the world, that are blanking out a session of one of their screens, to make space for the National. So there's a good chance your local cinema is one of them.
In some ways attending a NT Live performance is as good as being there: in that you have better than the best seats in the house, 'cause the performance is filmed on several cameras and then edited live, so you always have the best view. Plus you don't have to travel in to the National, and there are shorter queues in the interval.