National Theatre Live in HD, Jan. 17
In HD on the Lensic Screen
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$22 / $15 Lensic members & students.:
Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in The Magistrate, Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).
In a vein similar to National Theatre hits She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is a crowd-pleasing comedy. When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll, After the Dance), little does he realize she’s dropped five years from her age—and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.
Britain’s Daily Mail calls The Magistrate “a corker of a show,” while The Times (London) calls John Lithgow’s performance “priceless.”
The Magistrate is part of The Lensic’s 2012–13 NT Live series, which is generously sponsored by Century Bank.