National Theater Live

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!

Don’t Miss The NT Live Encore Festival This Weekend!

Binge watching. It’s how we consume our media these days. It’s the most common method to watch television shows after they have gone off the air, or catch up on a film series before the next one hits the theatres. Perhaps some of you have even traveled to Ashland to binge watch live theatre and see 45 shows in two days?

Well, we’re getting in on the action. Third Rail is now offering you the opportunity to binge watch your favorite 2014-15 shows from National Theater Live in London. Starring Ralph FiennesJames FrancoChris O’DowdBill NighyCarey MulliganMark Strong, and more! Third Rail is proud to be sharing them with you all weekend, August 28 – 30.

You can purchase individual tickets; a punch card for six discounted tickets; or as a Member, you would have unlimited access to every NT Live showing all season (and yes, unlimited means you can come more than once). Whether you are seeing one show or all six, come see us at the NT Live Encore Festival!!

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 Theatre17 SE 8th Avenue, 97214.

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 +.

Everyman Sunday at 2pm

Don’t miss Everyman this Sunday at 2pm!

“Director Rufus Norris gets off to a striking start at the National with Carol Ann Duffy’s stunning update of the medieval morality play. Chiwetel Ejiofor is remarkable.” – Guardian

This really is a show for every man – every person. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars.

When death comes, who will stand at your side?

About Everyman

Chiwetel Ejiofor

When Death comes, who will stand by your side?

BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars as the title role in this dynamic new production of Everyman, one of English drama’s oldest plays. 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 speak in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

“Thought provoking. Strikingly imaginative. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a performances of no-holds barred energy and emotional openness.” Independent

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Everyman has been a cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century. Originally written in Middle English by an unknown author, the show has been newly adapted by British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporates tremendous, startling visual effects. Ejiofor has said that this production “should have an event quality. The audience should have an experience that is quite visceral and engaging… I think they also will come away with thoughts and questions about life and about death and the thoughts that we have about those things.” There is nothing about this that you are not going to want to see.

“I wanted it to be a piece of theater that nobody – but nobody – felt excluded from.” – Director and National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris

About The Audience

The Audience

“Wholly tremendous.” – Daily Telegraph

Last month, Helen Mirren won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and Richard McCabe won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Now, you can see both their performances in The Audience from the comfort of the World Trade Center. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren) has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, right up to the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

“When Peter told me he had written this play and asked me to read it, I sent him a two word e-mail: ‘You bastard!’” – Helen Mirren

The Audience
is written by Peter Morgan who also wrote The Queen, for which Mirren won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. Morgan wrote the show as a uniquely theatrical event and covered vastly different ground, so there was no question of it being a repeat of the film. Mirren says, “It’s very different from the movie. It’s very funny and very moving and I have to play her from 25 to 87.”

“To ensure confidentiality, no private secretaries are present, and no minutes are taken; nor do freedom of information laws apply.” – The Telegraph

The Queen’s weekly audiences with her prime ministers enable them to discuss matters of high policy in perfect confidence, and with the sure knowledge that their comments will not reach outside ears. Margaret Thatcher wrote: “Anyone who imagines that they [the audiences] are a mere formality or confined to social niceties is quite wrong.” Because the privacy of the audiences is respected, no one can know what is said there. There is and can be no evidence that anything in The Audience actually happened. The play is Morgan’s intelligent reconstruction of what might have happened, and he has reason to believe he is not wildly far off the mark.

“I didn’t speak to any prime ministers, but I spoke to people quite close to them… We would certainly hear back if we got anything wrong. So far we haven’t heard anything.” – Playwright Peter Morgan

What’s Coming Up at Third Rail Rep

The night is alive…with pirates!
The Night Alive

The third show of our 9th Season is Conor McPherson’s moving, humorous, deeply introspective glance at how we define our place in the twisted mess that is life, The Night Alive.  Opening February 20th and starring company members (and Portland theatre stalwarts) Damon Kupper, Mike O’Connell, and Rolland Walsh, this beautiful, stirring play about compassion, love and who we choose to share our lives with, is sure to please. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!

NT Live Treasure Island

Our next National Theatre Live production, Treasure Island, also appears on the horizon…land ho! Get your tickets for our March 14th showings of this family-friendly production spectacular at the World Trade Center Theatre by clicking here!

NT Live in January

Two great plays from National Theatre Live

JOHN

Saturday, January 31 @ 2pm & 7pm

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre brings their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, 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 touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

NOTE: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.

Treasure Island

Sunday, February 1 @ 2pm & 7pm
Saturday, March 14 @ 2pm & 7pm

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.