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1. National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches ENCORE (2017)

220 min | Drama

The National Theatre's live theatrical production of Tony Kushner's play 'Angels in America' about New Yorkers grappling with the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s.

Director: Marianne Elliott | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Russell Tovey, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough

Votes: 373

2. National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (2017)

220 min | Drama

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Director: Marianne Elliott | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Nathan Lane, Russell Tovey

Votes: 299

3. Frankenstein (2011)

130 min | Drama

Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andreea Paduraru, Ella Smith

Votes: 2,017

4. National Theatre Live: Saint Joan (2017)

240 min | Drama

A teenager named Joanfrom the French countryside decides to spring to action when England invades France. After having visions of Archangel and Saints, she goes to Charles VII to offer her support.

Director: Tony Grech-Smith | Stars: Fisayo Akinade, Gemma Arterton, Matt Bardock, Niall Buggy

Votes: 71

5. National Theatre Live: Obsession (2017)

100 min | Drama

A drifter falls for a married woman at road side diner and the two plot to kill her husband.

Director: Ivo van Hove | Stars: Jude Law, Halina Reijn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Robert de Hoog

Votes: 134

6. National Theatre Live: No Man's Land (2016 TV Movie)


Following their hit run on Broadway, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London.

Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Sean Mathias, Ian McKellen, Damien Molony, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 195

7. National Theatre Live: Nation (2010)

Drama, Fantasy

A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress. Neither speaks the others language, but somehow they must learn to survive and forge a new nation.

Director: Melly Still | Stars: David Ajala, Gaye Brown, Gary Carr, Paul Chahidi

Votes: 7

9. National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler (2016)

145 min | Drama

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Directors: Ivo van Hove, Nick Wickham | Stars: Kate Duchêne, Chukwudi Iwuji, Éva Magyar, Sinead Matthews

Votes: 107

10. National Theatre Live: Hangmen (2016)

180 min | Drama

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey - The Walking Dead, State of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Dunster | Stars: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Tony Hirst

Votes: 88

11. National Theatre Live: Medea (2014)

99 min | Drama

Medea, a woman stricken with grief after learning that her ex-husband has decided to remarry is faced with impossible choices in this exhilarating and breathtaking adaptation of Medea.

Director: Carrie Cracknell | Stars: Helen McCrory, Danny Sapani, Michaela Coel, Martin Turner

Votes: 61

12. National Theatre Live: Yerma (2017 TV Movie)

114 min | Drama

The extraordinary Billie Piper plays Her, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. Simon Stone creates a radical new production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece.

Stars: Billie Piper, Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John Macmillan

Votes: 127

13. National Theatre Live: Man and Superman (2015)

220 min | Comedy, Drama

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler's List, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

Director: Simon Godwin | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Corey Johnson, Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Votes: 122

14. National Theatre Live: John (2014)


Lloyd Newson interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Newson | Stars: Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside

Votes: 15

15. National Theatre Live: Young Marx (2017)

160 min | Biography

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. ... See full summary »

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Nancy Carroll, Dixie Egerickx, Oliver Chris

Votes: 42

16. National Theatre Live: Amadeus (2017)

206 min | Musical

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he's determined to make a splash.

Director: Michael Longhurst | Stars: Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Karla Crome

Votes: 75

17. National Theatre Live: Follies (2017)

152 min | Musical

The former Weismann's Follies girls return to their old theatre one last time. At the core of the story are two married couples on the brink of collapse. As the night goes on, egos are unleashed, lies are exposed, and secrets are revealed.

Director: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Gary Raymond, Tracie Bennett, Philip Quast

Votes: 149

18. National Theatre Live: Peter Pan (2017)

130 min | Fantasy

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale screens in cinemas.

Director: Sally Cookson | Stars: Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Will Bower

Votes: 14

19. National Theatre Live: Salomé (2017)

105 min | Drama

A re-telling of the the classic tale of Salome.

Director: Yaël Farber | Stars: Shahar Isaac, Paul Chahidi, Raad Rawi, Olwen Fouéré

Votes: 29

20. National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre (2015)

200 min | Drama

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Stars: Benji Bower, Will Bower, Elly Condron, Craig Edwards

Votes: 35

21. National Theatre Live: Everyman (2015)


Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to ... See full summary »

Director: Rufus Norris | Stars: Philip Martin Brown, Paul Bullion, Adam Burton, Michelle Butterly

Votes: 33

22. National Theatre Live: The Magistrate (2012)

When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries widow Agatha, little does he realise she's lopped five years off her age - and her son's. When her deception looks set to be revealed, ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Sheader | Stars: Nicholas Blane, Nicholas Burns, Nancy Carroll, Alexander Cobb

Votes: 16

23. National Theatre Live: The Kitchen (2011)

155 min | Drama

Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe - English, Irish, German, Jewish - argue and flirt as they race to keep up. Peter, a high-spirited young cook... See full summary »

Director: Bijan Sheibani | Stars: Mike Aherne, Neal Barry, Tom Brooke, Ian Burfield

Votes: 8

24. National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010)

Comedy, Drama

National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough, Stephen Wight

Votes: 48

26. A Small Family Business (2014)

210 min

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-laws business hes approached by a private detective armed with some ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Nigel Lindsay, Neal Barry, Stephen Beckett, Abby Cassidy

Votes: 19

27. This House (2013)


This House is a play by James Graham, based on true events that occurred in the 1970s British Parliament.

Director: Jeremy Herrin | Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Charles Edwards, Phil Daniels, Julian Wadham

Votes: 11

28. She Stoops to Conquer (2012)


Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal's son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he's mistaken by his prospective ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Lloyd | Stars: Amy Booth-Steel, Stavros Demetraki, Terry Doe, David Fynn

Votes: 10

29. Treasure Island (2015)

150 min | Adventure

It's a theatre adaptation of well known story of Jim Hawkins and his adventures in search of treasure of Treasure Island.

Stars: Patsy Ferran, Arthur Darvill, Raj Bajaj, Oliver Birch

Votes: 48

30. Phèdre (2009)

125 min | Drama

A new English adaptation of the classic French tragedy Phèdre by Jean Racine (1639-1699). It retells the ancient Greek tale of the wife of the Athenian King Theseus, who conceived a ... See full summary »

Stars: Portia Booroff, Chipo Chung, Dominic Cooper, Alexander D'Andrea

Votes: 44

31. War Horse (2014)


Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

Stars: Nigel Allen, Derek Arnold, Alex Avery, Alistair Brammer

Votes: 158

32. Fifty Years on Stage (2013 TV Movie)

151 min | Documentary

Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.

Stars: Roger Allam, Jonathan Bailey, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett

Votes: 206

33. Skylight (2014)

135 min | Drama

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Lough | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, Matthew Beard, Michael Bott

Votes: 327

34. The Audience (2013)

180 min | Drama

For sixty years, Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace, a meeting like no other in British public life, it is private. Both ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Helen Mirren, Paul Ritter, Edward Fox, Richard McCabe

Votes: 388

37. National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017)

198 min | Drama

An old couple drag a young couple into their intense arguments and abuse after accidentally being invited to their house .

Stars: Imogen Poots, Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway

Votes: 135

38. National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2012 TV Movie)

160 min | Drama

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Wickham | Stars: Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter, Nicola Walker

Votes: 229

39. National Theatre Live: A Disappearing Number (2010)

Theatre du Complicite's production is streamed live from the National Theatre and tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a penniless man from Madras who was also the greatest natural ... See full summary »

Director: Simon McBurney | Stars: David Annen, Firdous Bamji, Paul Bhattacharjee, Hiren Chate

40. National Theatre Live: Travelling Light (2012)

How had a twenty-two-year-old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come? In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Allwinton, Norma Atallah, Roy Baron, Pablo Carciofa

Votes: 10

41. National Theatre Live: London Assurance (2010)

160 min | Comedy

Grace has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party in her father's place, Harcourt's son Charles also falls in love with Grace. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Nick Sampson, Richard Frame, Paul Ready, Matt Cross

Votes: 18

42. National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard (2011)


Madame Ranevskaya is a spoiled, aging aristocratic lady who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial... See full summary »

Director: Howard Davies | Stars: Claudie Blakley, Mark Bonnar, Pip Carter, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 17

43. A Streetcar Named Desire (2014)

180 min | Drama

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Benedict Andrews, Nick Wickham | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey

Votes: 260

44. National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge (2015)

115 min | Drama

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when... See full summary »

Director: Ivo van Hove | Stars: Emun Elliott, Phoebe Fox, Michael Gould, Richard Hansell

Votes: 119

45. National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea (2016)

180 min | Drama

Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece, ... See full summary »

Director: Carrie Cracknell | Stars: Helen McCrory, Tom Burke, Peter Sullivan, Nick Fletcher

Votes: 46