London National Theatre Live broadcast to cinema screens around the world

NT Live is an exciting new initiative to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens worldwide. The pilot season was launched with Phèdre on 25 June, when the performance was  filmed in high definition and broadcasted via satellite to various cinemas around the world.

Forum Cinemas brought this exciting series of broadcasts to theatre lovers in Coca-Cola Plaza (Tallinn), Ekraan (Tartu) and Centrum (Viljandi).


Tickets and information

Tickets to London National Theatre Live broadcasts are on sale at Forum Cinemas box-offices and online at


Coca-Cola Plaza (Tallinn) 13 €, special price to pupils and students is 9,90 €*
Coca-Cola Plaza SCAPE and LUXE screens 15 €, special price to pupils and students is 11,90 *

Ekraan (Tartu) and Centrum (Viljandi) 10,50 €, special price to pupils and students is 7,90 €*

*Please bring a student card.

Online reservations must be redeemed at least 20 days before the screening.

* performances are in English, and English subtitles.


Upcoming events:


Thurs, 10. January, 2019 at 8 p.m. broadcast in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi

Tallinn - Coca-Cola Plaza (Screen 7) | Buy ticket!
Tallinn - Coca-Cola Plaza (A. Le Coq Suite) | Buy ticket!

Tartu - Ekraan (Screen 1) | Buy ticket!

Viljandi - Centrum (Screen 2) | Buy ticket!

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Running time: 3 h 40 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles

Past events:


Thurs, 1. March, 2018 at broadcast in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi at 7 p.m.

Tennessee Williams' twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London's West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews' 'thrilling revival' (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney. 

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy's birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real - and which will win out?

Running time: 3 h 05 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles


Thurs, 22. March, 2018 live broadcast at 9 p.m.


Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Running time: 3 h 00 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles


Thurs, 12. April, 2018 broadcast at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Tallinn

Wed, 18. April, 2018 broadcast at 8.30 p.m. in Tartu and Viljandi

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Running time: 3 h 25 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles


Thurs, 10. May, 2018 live broadcast at 9 p.m.

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Running time: 2 h 48 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles


Thurs, 7. June, 2018 broadcast in Tallinn

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

‘A phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’ (The Times) ‘Dazzlingly inventive’ (Evening Standard)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time returns to selected international cinemas in 2018.

Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards®.

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Running time: 2 h 50 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles



Thurs, 1. November, 2018 broadcast in Tallinn

Mon, 5. November, 2018 broadcast in Tartu and Viljandi


Frankenstein returns to international cinemas to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel.

Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale.

Running time: 2 h 20 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles



Thurs, 8. November, 2018 at 7 p.m. broadcast in Tallinn


Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Running time: 1 h 31 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles


Thurs, 13. December, 2018 at 8 p.m. broadcast in Tallinn


Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). 

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Running time: 2 h 53 min
*performances are in English and with English subtitles