National Theatre Live
Bringing London's best to Salt Lake City
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. Broadcasts have now been experienced by over 5.5 million people in over 2,000 venues around the world. Past broadcasts from the National Theatre have included The Audience starring Helen Mirren; Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes; Yerma starring Billie Piper, Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh, and Follies starring Imelda Staunton.
Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre and cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.
Venues view the broadcasts ‘as live’ according to their time zone or at a later date - which is where we come in. The Tanner Humanities Center started broadcasting National Theatre Live productions in 2010 at the University of Utah's historic Post Theatre. Shortly thereafter, screenings moved to Tower Theatre before finally landing at Salt Lake Film Society's Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake. Proceeds from screenings support the Tanner Humanities Center's K-12 theatre/education outreach program, helping more that 500 students throughout Utah experience the best of British Theatre as learning supplements to their arts, English, and theatre curriculae. Partner schools include, Salt Lake Arts Academy, Herriman High School, West High School, and Whittier Elementary.
K-12 Educators: if you are interested in hosting a free, private screening at the Broadway for your students, please contact us!
An ANnouncement from the Tanner Humanities Center
Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and at the direction of Governor Gary Herbert and President Ruth Watkins, we will be postponing the upcoming National Theatre Live screenings Hansard (March 21) and Cyrano de Bergerac (April 18). We will tentatively plan to hold our screening of The Welkin on June 20th but will amend accordingly as we get closer to that date. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow guidance from the CDC and local government officials.
Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to the Tanner Humanities Center, and while we always encourage the arts and humanities to bring everyone together and help us make sense of the world, we want to exercise caution during this time. We hope that you will join us for these screenings and many more once we are able to resume. If for some reason you are unable to join us for the rescheduled screenings once they are announced, we will provide a credit to another NTL screening of your choice or offer you a refund. For season ticket holders, we will announce accommodations for rescheduled screenings in early May.
Thank you for being loyal patrons of the Tanner Humanities Center, the Salt Lake Film Society, and the National Theatre Live. We are proud to be members of Utah’s humanities, arts, and culture community. If you have tickets to other events cancelled due to COVID-19 and have the financial means to do so, we ask you to please consider donating the money instead of asking for a refund. Help support artists affected. We look forward to these upcoming screenings as well as new shows including Romeo and Juliet, Jack Absolute Flies Again, and Leopoldstadt.