SAN DIEGO -- Shakespeare fans can load up on the real thing this month, when National Theatre Live broadcasts three British productions at the Reading Gaslamp Cinemas downtown.
This week, Nicholas Hytner directs Adrian Lester as Othello and Rory Kinnear (my all-time favorite Hamlet) as the villain Iago. This timeless story about the military hero who allows his trusted underling to destroy him and his lovely bride Desdemona plays on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 pm.
Next, Kenneth Branagh takes the stage as Macbeth, with Alex Kingston (“ER”) as Lady Macbeth. This production, co-directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, was filmed at the Manchester International Festival, and plays Oct. 17 at 7 pm and Oct. 19 at 2 pm.
Finally, Rory Kinnear returns as Hamlet in the must-see production I can’t wait to see again, on Oct. 24 at 7 pm and Oct. 27 at 2 pm.
November will bring a reprise of “Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, alternating as the monster and his creator. Trust me, you’ll want to see both interpretations, and will appreciate the chance to see this fantastic piece of stagecraft twice. The first cast plays Oct. 30 at 7 pm and Nov. 10 at 2 pm; the second cast on Nov. 3 at 2 pm and Nov. 7 at 7 pm.
Tickets are $20 and available HERE.
Reading Gaslamp is at 701 Fifth Ave. downtown. Phone: (619) 232-0401.