Plays and Musicals Direct from London Stage Coming Soon to The Tull Family Theater

May 24, 2017

Area residents soon can experience works from London’s prestigious National Theatre at The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley.

As part of its mission to strengthen cultural offerings northwest of Pittsburgh, The Tull Family Theater, a nonprofit, independent cinema, will join the select venues nationwide screening the National Theatre (NT) Live series.

The series of stage plays and musicals are recorded during live stage performances with such talents as Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe and director Danny Boyle.

“By booking these special screenings from one of the world’s best theaters, these top-quality productions become more accessible to residents living north and west of Pittsburgh,” said Carolina Beyers, The Tull Family Theater’s executive director. “We are excited to be in a position to extend the opportunity to experience these elite shows across our area.”

The screenings offer a window on the merging of two art forms, live theater and cinema. “These cultural shows provide fine examples of how stage performances and film can merge and impact an even broader audience,” Beyers added.

The lineup includes:

  • The initial show, Peter Pan, directed by Sally Cookson (director of NT’s Jane Eyre) on Thursday, June 15. This magical, make-believe musical for all ages will repeat on Sunday, June 25. Radio Times calls it “Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.” It’s a contemporary take, with an adult-only cast and highly theatrical performance, on a perennial favorite.
  • Salome, written and directed by internationally acclaimed, seven-time Helen Hayes Award winner Yael Farber, draws on multiple accounts to capture a story told before, National Theatre says, “but never like this. … An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.” Thursday, July 20, and Sunday, July 30.
  • Angels in America, a two-part Tony Kushner play directed by Tony Award-winning Marianne Elliott (NT’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches, depicts New Yorkers grappling with life and death, love and sex, in the midst of the 1980s AIDS crisis and a conservative presidential administration. Andrew Garfield of Hacksaw Ridge and James McArdle of Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead the cast. Thursday, Aug. 17. Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika arrives on Sunday, Aug. 27.
  • Yerma stars Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) in her award-winning role as a young woman driven by her desperate desire to have a child. London media call it “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” and “devastatingly powerful.” Thursday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 29.

Tickets for this respected cultural series will be $20, but for this announced lineup, patrons will be able to enjoy subsidized tickets for only $16. Additional shows for 2017 will be announced at a later date.

The NT Live series is the latest offering in the string of new programming instituted in only three months since the theater’s opening.

  • Between Feb. 17 and May 17, the theater has shown 42 films and attracted about 10,000 people. Shows have included Oscar winners and contenders, two National Sneak Previews with two more in the next two weeks, classics and children’s programming, and sold-out documentaries.
  • The theater instituted Classic Tuesdays, screening Hollywood and international favorites; Family Fun; and Cultural Screenings
  • Assistive listening devices and closed captioning technology allow some patrons to fully enjoy a film for the first time in years
  • Through a pilot low-sensory cinema experience, films were made accessible to children with autism and/or special needs and their families
  • The first outreach program, initiated in collaboration with generous underwriters and other nonprofits, served fifty 6- to 10-year-olds who organizers said had never before experienced a cinema. Other outreach in the works is expected to evolve into ongoing programming.

The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh.

The Tull Family Theater: Karen Ferrick-Roman,, cell 412.671.1456