London Assurance - National Theatre Live

London Assurance - National Theatre Live

London Assurance

2h 40min  |  Theatre  |  Release Date: 28.06.2010

The hugely successful pilot season of NT Live, the new initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens in the UK and worldwide, will end with a late addition to the schedule: a live broadcast of Boucicault’s brilliantly funny Victorian comedy LONDON ASSURANCE, starring Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in Nicholas Hytner’s sell-out hit production at the Olivier Theatre, on 28 June at 9pm.

Dion Boucicault - LONDON ASSURANCE

Live broadcast on June 28 in Coca-Cola Plaza - Tallinn, Ekraan - Tartu & Astri - Narva

Sir Harcourt Courtly is lured away from the epicentre of fashionable London by the promise of a rich and beautiful bride, Grace, several decades his junior. Arriving at Oak Hall, Gloucestershire, he marvels at this rural Venus until her charms are eclipsed by her hearty cousin, the foxhunting Lady Gay Spanker. Meanwhile his disguised son turns up in flight from his creditors and falls head over heels for Grace. When Lady Spanker discovers the young couple, she needs little prompting from the visiting chancer Dazzle to lead Sir Harcourt astray.

I am about to present society with a second Lady Courtly: young – blushing eighteen; lovely – I have her portrait; rich – I have her banker’s account. An heiress and a Venus!

Dion Boucicault, the Irish genius of London theatre in the age of Dickens, wrote the brilliantly funny London Assurance in 1841 and thereby created – in Sir Harcourt and Lady Spanker – two of the great comic roles of the English stage, played at the NT by Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw.

Give me the trumpet neigh, the spotted pack just catching scent. What a chorus in their yelp! The view-halloo, blent with a peal of free and fearless mirth! That’s our old English music – match it where you can.


Mark Addy, Richard Briers, Matt Cross, Fiona Drummond, Mark Extance, Richard Frame, Junix Inocian, Tony Jayawardena, Simon Markey, Laura Matthews, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Paul Ready, Simon Russell Beale, Nick Sampson, Maggie Service, Fiona Shaw, Michelle Terry and David Whitworth. The production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Rachel Portman and sound by John Leonard.

Distributor: Forum Cinemas AS - ESTONIA
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw
Links: London National Theatre, NT Live, Event information



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