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National Theatre Live shows screening at Bluewater cinema include Fleabag and James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac

The one-woman play based on the TV hit Fleabag is among the plays filmed live which will be screened at a cinema in Kent this summer.

Comedy and Shakespeare from the National Theatre Live have joined the line-up of broadcasts being put on at Showcase Cinema at Bluewater.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman play Fleabag will be screened at Bluewater
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman play Fleabag will be screened at Bluewater

It comes as the National Theatre's At Home live streaming shows which have been available for seven days at a time are due to end, but for those who have missed them, or want to see them on the big screen, they will now be available.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning hit, Fleabag, is the one-woman play that inspired the BBC’s hit TV show by the same name and was a hit when broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas in 2019.

Also joining the line-up is provocative comedy, Present Laughter, directed by Matthew Warchus at The Old Vic and starring Andrew Scott, star of the BBC’s Sherlock and Fleabag.

James McAvoy will star in the love story Cyrano de Bergerac, a powerful adaptation from the Jamie Lloyd Company which sees Cyrano try to win over Roxanne using his way with words.

James McAvoy plays Cyrano de Bergerac Picture: National Theatre Live
James McAvoy plays Cyrano de Bergerac Picture: National Theatre Live

Showcase are planning an ongoing programme of National Theatre Live plays throughout this year, supporting the wider theatre industry, including performances from Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus; Gwendoline Christie in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear, and Sally Field and Bill Pullman in All My Sons.

Director of event cinema, James Dobbin, said: “We’re really excited to announce that we will be screening a number of plays from National Theatre Live. It’s been a tough time for the theatre industry and theatre fans, so we’d like to show our support by bringing these performances to the big screen for fans to enjoy.”

Tom Hiddleston will star in Coriolanus Picture: Johan Persson/National Theatre Live
Tom Hiddleston will star in Coriolanus Picture: Johan Persson/National Theatre Live

Emma Keith, head of broadcast at the National Theatre, said: “We are delighted National Theatre Live’s plays are back on the big screen at Showcase Cinemas. We are pleased that the many theatre fans across the UK will have the opportunity to be entertained at their local cinemas. We believe theatre and the arts are a force for good in turbulent times, and while many theatres remain closed to live performances onstage, the big screen experience provides the next best thing to being there.”

The theatre performances join a line-up of films including Riverdance, Princess Mononoke and family favourite Zog & Highway Rat, with tickets costing £5.

Book tickets online in advance and use the self-service ticket machines in the cinema lobby.

The cinema, which was the first in Kent to reopen, has a strict hygiene policy. To book and find out more go to showcasecinemas.co.uk

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