Garfield excels in Aids drama

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America. Picture by Helen Meybanks.

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BY BILLY SUTER

ANDREW Garfield is said to give an excellent performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2), the films of the acclaimed London stage productions, which will be released at Cinema Nouveaus on August 19 and September 2, respectively.

Angels in America:Millennium Approaches (Part 1) releases on Saturday, August 19, for four screenings only: on August 19, 23 and 24 at 7.30pm and on August 20 at 2.30pm.

Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2) releases on Saturday, September 2,  also for four screenings only – at 7.30pm on September 2, 6 and 7, and 2.30pm on September 3.

Both films will show at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. The running time of Part 1 is three hours and 40 minutes, and Part 2 runs for four hours and 20 minutes, both including two, 15-minute intervals.

One of the theatre highlights of the year in the UK, the first instalment of Angels in America also marks the 60th National Theatre Live broadcast to screens worldwide.

With cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure cinema audiences get the “best seat in the house”, National Theatre Live broadcasts retain the feeling of live performance and a real sense of shared event.

Amanda Lawrence in Angels in America. Picture by Helen Meybanks,

Olivier- and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) directs this new staging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

Angels in America follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers as they grapple with life and death, love and sex, and heaven and hell, against the backdrop of the Aids crisis in Reagan’s America in the mid-1980s.

Garfield, star of Hacksaw Ridge and The Amazing Spider-Man, plays Prior Walter, whose boyfriend Louis (James McArdle) leaves him on discovering he has Aids.

Russell Tovey (Being Human, Him & Her) plays Joe – a closeted Mormon married to Harper (Denise Gough) whose marriage is on the rocks due to his secret homosexuality.

Nathan Lane plays Donald Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn, who is about to receive some devastating news that will change his life forever.

Emma Keith, head of National Theatre Live, said the team is looking forward to the plays being shown in cinemas worldwide.

“It seems fitting that Angels in America is our 60th broadcast, as it really sums up what National Theatre Live is all about – bringing world-class theatre to those who may not otherwise have had the chance to see it.

Watch the Angels in America trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DinEV8NqKR0

The next NT Live to screen at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau will be Yerma, from Saturday, September 23. This is Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising her award-winning leading role.


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