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NT Live presents 'All's Well That Ends Well' on the silver screen

September 30, 2009 |  2:30 pm

In June, Britain's National Theatre kicked off its broadcast series to cinemas worldwide with Racine's "Phedre," starring Helen Mirren.

The company's follow-up, Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well," isn't nearly as starry, but it does boast the first play broadcast from the company's largest space -- the Olivier, featuring an open stage and fan-shaped auditorium. Directed by Marianne Elliott, the play features Oliver Ford Davies, Clare Higgins, Conleth Hill, George Rainsford and Michelle Terry.

In L.A., audiences can catch the broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mann Chinese 6 cinemas at the Hollywood & Highland center. Tickets are priced at $20, not including service charges.

Reviewing "Phedre," Times critic Charles McNulty wrote that "in terms of the physical experience, the cinema's roomy seats with ample leg-room were a distinct advantage -- it was as though we at the Mann were flying business while playgoers at the National were stuck in coach."

He added: "The volume seemed a touch too loud throughout and there were a couple of garbled transmission moments, but for an inaugural run it went smoothly."

You can check out the trailer for "All's Well That Ends Well" above.

-- David Ng