Articles about National Theatre Live




December 2015

We are fully into the holiday season. But among the carol-singing, cider-drinking, dreidel-spinning, and merry-making, there will also be a lot happening at Third Rail!

NT Live: The Beaux’ Strategem

December 5

A wild comedy of love and cash. Two charming, dissolute young men have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield – to marry for money. “Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining” – Observer

NT Live: Coriolanus

December 6

Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, featuring an award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The AvengersWar Horse).

Unfailingly vivid – intelligent, brisk and brutal.Metro

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

December 13

We don’t tell you what play we’re reading beforehand, but we guarantee you’ll hear a play we are considering for production – and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with us about it afterward.

Mr. Kolpert – First Read and Design Presentation (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

December 29

All month, we will be having production meetings leading up to the start of Mr. Kolpert rehearsals. We’re giddy to be finally producing this show and we’d love to have you with us from the beginning. Hear the actors dive into this electric text and enjoy the designers’ presentations of their concepts for the world of the play. This is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peek into Third Rail’s process.

December brings you three Members Only Events! So if you’ve been considering becoming a Member, December is a good month to give yourself this gift!

Best wishes and happy holidays to all!


November 9 – November 15, 2015

This week, we must say goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. (We promised ourselves we wouldn’t cry…) We will miss this beautiful production of this brilliant script. Audiences have been filling the theatre with laughter during the show, engaging in fascinating conversations with us during the talkbacks, and then writing us about their experience afterward. Here are just a few snippets:

“Great play!”
“The play was brilliant.”
“Fabulous — saw it today and it was a wonderful ride!”
“We enjoyed this play so much we are likely to go again. This play is unlike any other play we’ve seen.”
“..it was terrific.”

We want to share this with as many people as possible before we close on Saturday night! Join us before it’s too late!

This weekend, we also have four more showings of NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show has been selling out so quickly that we just keep adding more screenings, but eventually, we’ll have to stop! So, get your tickets while you can!


Here Comes Cumberbatch

“Remember me.” – Ghost
“Remember Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch” – Third Rail

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s SherlockThe Imitation GameFrankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. This production has been eagerly awaited both at the National Theatre and here at Third Rail’s NT Live screenings.

We have added as many performances as we can due to the incredibly high level of demand, and only a few tickets are left. Just a few. So get them while you can! Oct 18Nov 1415 and 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

But don’t forget these two other things…

– This presentation will be a screening – Benedict Cumberbatch will not be present. (We know…we’re sad too.)

– These screenings will be the final Third Rail events at the World Trade Center Theater (121 SW Salmon Street). After this, everything Third Rail presents will be in our interim home at Imago Theatre.



Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

Hamlet. One of the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature. One of the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays in his life time. The most frequently performed play at the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1879. This time, though, something’s a little different.

One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever.Time Out

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s SherlockThe Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet Daily Telegraph

This is the fastest selling show in National Theatre history, and the NT Live screening will be shown on over 550 screens around the world, including right here at Third Rail! We’ve already sold out four showings, so we added four more and they are well on their way to selling out, too. So get tickets while you can!


August 24 – August 30 2015

This week, we send August out with a bang!

Our mainstage shows are in full swing. Or, will be having a production meeting. The Realistic Joneses will be having a preliminary design meeting about set and costumes. But! This week belongs to NT Live. Specifically, our NT Live Encore Festival! All of your favorite screenings from the past year in one weekend of theatrical excellence. See your favorites one more time and catch the ones you missed!

There are three ways to get in the room with us for NT Live…
1) Single tickets are $20 (with discounts for Students and Seniors).
2) Punch cards for 6 screenings are $96.
3) Become a Third Rail Member for the low monthly fee of $29.33 and receive UNLIMITED access to many events, including all NT Live screenings.

We have something for everyone this weekend. So, we’ll see everyone there!

Man and Superman
– Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm – Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
– Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am – Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10years +

Of Mice and Men
– Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm – James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
– Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm – Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
– Sunday (8/30) at 2:00 pm – A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
– Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm – Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18yrs+.

All screening will be at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Avenue, 97214.


NT Live Encore Festival Preview

If you’re a fan of NT Live, then we have the perfect weekend for you; and if you’re not familiar with NT Live, then we have the perfect immersive introduction: Our National Theatre Live Encore Festival! We’re bringing back all your 2014-15 favorites for a weekend of non-stop NT Live fun. Six shows in three days. Come see one you missed. Come see one you loved again. Come see National Theatre Live presented at Imago for the first time!

National Theatre Live (NT Live) is the National Theatre of London’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to screens around the world. Third Rail was the first Portland presenter of these amazing productions, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video.

Individual show tickets are available at Adult, Senior, and Student rates. Or you can get a pass to all six shows for $96. OR, you can become a Third Rail member and gain unlimited access to every NT Live screening – not just during the Festival – as well as all Third Rail programming for a low monthly fee of $29.33.

Details about the Festival are below. But fair warning… before you read this, you’re going to want to sit down

Man and Superman
 – Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm
Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
 – Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10 years +.

Of Mice and Men
 – Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
 – Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
 – Sunday(8/30) at 2:00 pm
A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
 – Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18 years +.