National Theatre Live: “Yerma”

The Royal National Theatre in the United Kingdom is a government funded theatre that stages about 25 productions at their home on the South Bank of London every year, and many more at additional theatres around the city. Those productions range from re-imagined classics to new works. The National Theatre shares plays with as many people as possible around the world by taking successful plays to the West End and Broadway, and through the National Theatre Live program, which broadcasts live streamed performances in over 2000 cinemas in 55 countries.

The next live broadcast will be a rethinking of Frederico Lorca’s 1934 play, YermaIt will play on September 21st and 23rd in cinemas across the Lower Mainland.

Yerma is a 1934 play by Frederico Lorca, but has been torn to shreds and rebuilt by contemporary Australian writer Simon Stone. The main themes of infertility remain. “Yerma” means “barren” in Spanish.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental for to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Shakespeare’s Globe also live broadcasts performances. These sorts of traditions lead to a more engaged global community and the increased spread of quality theatre around the world.

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