LIVE CINEMA EVENTS BRING WEST END TO THE NORTH EAST 

The Customs House is bringing the West End to the north east via a host of live cinema events.

Two National Theatre Live (NTL) broadcasts take place this month – Julie on Thursday, September 6, and King Lear on Thursday, September 27, followed by a recording of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah on Thursday, November 1.

Julie is a new version of August Strinberg’s play, Miss Julie, starring Bafta-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NTL: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) and directed by Carrie Cracknell (NTL: The Deep Blue Sea).

Wild and newly-single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Christina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean, which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new production, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear received five-star reviews for its sell-out run and transfers to the West End for a limited season.

Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play, starring Sir Ian McKellen.

Allelujah is Bennett’s tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner, following staff and patients of an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital as a film crew documents its fight against closure.

Bennett’s The Madness of George III, starring Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NTL: Coriolanus) will also be broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse as part of The Customs House’s NTL programme on Tuesday, November 20.

NTL: Antony and Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as Shakespeare’s famous fated couple, will be shown on Thursday, December 6.

Feel-good musical sensation Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is returning to The Customs House cinema for a third time, in an encore performance of a recording from the Apollo Theatre in London, on Tuesday, September 11.

Inspired by a true story and featuring songs written by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells, the hit show has won three WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and has been nominated for five Olivier Awards.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on Wednesday, September 12.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings.

Shakepeare’s The Winter’s Tale will be broadcast live from the Globe Theatre in London on Thursday, October 4, starring Will Keen (The Crown, Wolf Hall), Priyanga Burford (W1A, Marcella) and Annette Badland (EastEnders, Father Brown).

Funny Girl – The Musical, starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, will be shown on the big screen on Wednesday, October 24, followed by The King and I, starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, on Thursday, November 29.

Audiences can also enjoy concert experiences at The Customs House Cinema, with screenings of Soft Cell: One Final Time Live Concert from London on Sunday, September 30, and Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour on Friday, October 12, with an encore screening on Sunday, October 14.

There will also be a second screening of Elvis’ 68 Comeback Special to mark the 50th anniversary of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s legendary performance, which originally aired as a TV special on December 3, 1968, on September 10.

For ticket prices and times, and to book, contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk.