National Theatre Shows to be Beamed Live into Lincoln
14th January 2014
Theatre lovers in Lincoln will be able to see performances beamed live from the National Theatre in London right on their doorstep in 2014.
The Venue at Bishop Grosseteste University will be screening live transmissions of plays from the National Theatre, including War Horse and King Lear, as well as performances by the English National Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“This is the first time we have been able to broadcast a programme of performances from the National Theatre at The Venue,” said Bev Bamber, Head of Conferencing and Events at BGU.
“It’s fantastic news for theatre lovers in the city as it means they will be able to see an even wider range of top-drawer performances broadcast live without having to travel to London or even further.
“Combined with our full programme of mainstream, independent and family film screenings, this news means The Venue really has been firmly established as a leading cultural venue for Lincoln.”
The Venue sold out all of its tickets when it screened the first ever satellite broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November last year, when David Tennant took the title role of Richard II.
The full programme of live transmissions in 2014 is as follows:
National Theatre Live
War Horse Thursday 27th Feb 7pm Live from London
King Lear Thursday 1st May 7pm Live from London
Royal Shakespeare Company
Henry IV Part 1 Wednesday 14th May 7pm Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
Henry IV Part 2 Wednesday 18th June 7pm Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
Two Gentleman of Verona Wednesday 3rd Sept 7pm Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
Jewels Sunday 19th January 3pm Live from Moscow
Lost Illusions Sunday 2nd February 3pm Live from Moscow
The Golden Age Sunday 30th March 4pm Live from Moscow
There will also be a programme of performances from the English National Opera, but productions and dates are still to be confirmed.
The Venue’s programme of film screenings in 2014 includes Philomena, Gravity, Saving Mr Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Railway Man.
Full details can be found on The Venue’s website: www.thevenuelincoln.co.uk
Notes to editors:
- Bishop Grosseteste University was established in uphill Lincoln in January 1862 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012.
- It is an independent higher education institution which awards its own degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.
- It changed its name from Bishop Grosseteste University College to Bishop Grosseteste University in November 2012.
- The university spent £75,000 in 2012 on converting Bishop Greaves Theatre into The Venue, a state-of-the-art digital cinema which can also stage theatrical productions.
- The Venue is open to members of the public as well as to students and is also home to the Lincoln Film Society.