Great news for fans of British playwright Alan Bennett whose work includes "The History Boys," "The Madness of George III" and "Talking Heads": The National Theatre Live's 2013 season continues at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, with two screenings (April 23 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. of Bennett's play "People," directed by Nicholas Hytner.
"People" spins the story of Dorothy Stacpoole (Frances de la Tour) and her companion Iris (Linda Bassett), who live in a crumbling South Yorkshire country estate. Dorothy's archdeacon sister June (Selena Cadell) wants to hand the estate over to the care of the National Trust and open it to public view. But people spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is to have them traipsing through one's house. Dorothy favors a more creative solution.
The UK's National Theatre Live exhibits live stage performances beamed to Chicago from the prestigious National Theatre in London. (U.S. showings are time-delayed because of time zone difference.) Tickets to National Theatre Live events are $15 in advance ($18 at the door) at the Music Box Theatre box office and online at www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/people-2013-04-23-730-pm.
Alan Bennett is one of Britain's most celebrated playwrights, and the much-anticipated "People" is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre. His most widely known play, "The History Boys" transferred to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006. It then went on to tour internationally before being turned into a film, again directed by Nicholas Hytner. It received its Chicago premiere in an acclaimed production by TimeLine Theatre.