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National to broadcast plays in cinemas

Published: Sunday 18th of January 2009

Having always been known for its innovative approach to the dramatic arts, London's National Theatre has announced that it will break new ground in 2009 as it unveils plans to broadcast a number of its plays in cinemas all over the UK.

The theatre's director Nicholas Hytner confirmed that four performances of will be 'screened' in 50 independent pictures houses nationwide.

One of the highlights of the multimedia performances will be Dame Helen Mirren playing the title role in Racine's Phaedra.

Last year the Royal Opera house conducted a similar experiment and transmitted one of its productions to a cinema.

The National Theatre is a cultural institution and offers the chance for members of the public to go behind the scenes and gain a fascinating insight into what goes on at a working theatre.

LondonPass holders can enjoy the brilliant National Theatre Backstage Tour for free, saving £5 for adults and £4 for children.

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