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British Embassy Manila to broadcast National Theatre's live production of Macbeth

National Theatre from the UK is being broadcast live as part of UK-Philippines Friendship Week on 22 October 2013

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National Theatre Live

The world renowned National Theatre from the UK is being broadcast for the first time in Manila as a part of UK-Philippines Friendship Week on Tuesday 22 October. The performance, a live/HD screening of the performance in London will be part of a series of performances to be shown in the SM Aura cinema over the next few months. This is part of a global initiative to share one of Britain’s finest cultural offerings to audiences around the world.

The first performance will be of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production stars Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth in his first Shakespearean role for more than a decade, and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Tony Award Winner Rob Ashford and BAFTA winner Kenneth Branagh, the classic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated church.

Future performances will include Hamlet, Frankenstein (Reprise 2013), The Habit of Art, Coriolanus and War Horse.

Chargé d’Affaires Trevor Lewis said:

I am delighted to be able to help bring the National Theatre performances to the Philippines. It is a great way to help celebrate UK-Philippines Friendship day. London has a number of wonderful theatre companies but, for those not able to see the performances in person, the performances to be broadcast in Manila are the next best thing.

Performances are open to the public and further information can be found on the This is Great Britain campaign page.

Further Information

The screening of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be on 22 October at SM Cinema, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets are now on sale at all SM Cinema branches nationwide and online at SM tickets. For enquiries and reservations, please call 470 2222.

Published 8 October 2013