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Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Alan Bennett, Ian McKellen & others.
Studio BBC
Format 2 DVDs Widescreen
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Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 5060304511195
Runtime/Release Date 5 hrs 1 min/2013
Daedalus Item Code 48336
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In a five-star review, the Daily Telegraph remarked that the live broadcast of The National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage featured "a who's who of British theatre," while the Guardian called it "a brilliant kaleidoscopic entertainment." The Daily Mail dubbed it "the kind of fabled, luminous night that people talk about for years ... a triumph." The program features scenes from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Benedict Cumberbatch; The History Boys with playwright Alan Bennett and original stars James Corden and Dominic Cooper; Mourning Becomes Electra with Helen Mirren and Tim Pigott-Smith; and many others. Musical numbers are drawn from A Little Night Music (Judi Dench singing "Send in the Clowns"), as well as from My Fair Lady ("The Rain in Spain") and Guys and Dolls (a raucous "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"). In addition, there are priceless archival scenes of Noel Coward's Hay Fever with Maggie Smith, Amadeus with Paul Scofield, and Richard III with Ian McKellen, and felicitous juxtapositions, such as Smith's youthful turn in the Coward play followed by a live, rhyming speech from Farquhar's The Beaux' Strategem. Also in the set is a documentary with footage of historic performances and glimpses of such recent productions as War Horse, Frankenstein, and Othello.
 
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