Obsession and Jude Law

Halina Reijn and Jude Law in Obsession, at London’s Barbican Theatre. The film of the stage production reaches South African cinemas on Saturday (June 24). Picture by Jan Versweyveld.

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BY BILLY SUTER

OSCAR-NOMINEE Jude Law heads the cast of Obsession, the latest National Theatre Live production. It is to be screened in cinemas across South Africa from Saturday, June 24.

Filmed live at the Barbican Theatre in London, Obsession will have four screenings only at Umhlanga’s Ster Kinekor at Gateway, and at Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria. Screenings are scheduled for 7.30pm on June 24, 28 and 29, and 2.30pm on Sunday, June 25. The running time is onhe hour and 55 minutes, without an interval.

Jude Law (The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain) plays a drifter, Gino, in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. The production is directed Ivo van Hove, who also directed National Theatre Live’s A View From the Bridge and Hedda Gabler.

When Gino meets a couple – Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna – at their roadside restaurant, he and Giovanna are immediately attracted to one another and begin a passionate love affair. Then, in pursuit of a happy ending, the lovers plot to murder Giuseppe, but the crime only serves to tear them apart and their passion leads to destruction.

Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of some 6.5 million people at 2 500 venues in 60 countries.

Halina Reijn and Jude Law in Obsession. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren.

Recent broadcasts include Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson; Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land; Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet; Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus; Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire; James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors; and Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein and War Horse.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas include:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (July 1) – Imelda Staunton (GypsyVera DrakeHarry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way DownJane Eyre) star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drink. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Additional NT Live broadcasts in 2017 at Cinema Nouveau include:

Peter Pan (July 9) – Captured live at the National Theatre, this performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens as perfect cinema fare for the mid-year school holidays: All children, except one, grow up…

Salomé (July 22) – Directed by South African-born award-winning director Yaёl Farber

Angels in America – Part I & II (August 19 and September 2) – Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s play features Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey.

Yerma  September 23) – Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising her award-winning lead performance.


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