Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet being broadcast live to South Tyneside venue

Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.
Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

The best of British theatre is to be beamed to South Tyneside. The National Theatre Live will be beamed from the London stage to the Customs House cinema.

Ray Spencer, executive director of the theatre in Mill Dam, South Shields, said: “We are delighted to have the National Theatre Live season at the Customs House.

“Andre Reiu was our first live cinema event in the summer and that was a huge success but The Beaux Stratagem is our first piece of drama and we can’t wait.”

The season kicks off with a live broadcast of George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash, The Beaux Stratagem, at 7pm on Thursday, September 3.

It follows Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer – two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London.

Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles – a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

Avengers star Tom Hiddleston will play the eponymous role in the encore of William Shakespeare’s searing tragedy Coriolanus on Thursday, September 24, while Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Hamlet on Thursday, October 15. Thursday, November 19 will see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men. The highly-anticipated screening was filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live.

Finally, almost 170 years on, Charlotte Bronte’s story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms on December 8.

Tickets for all National Theatre Live shows are £15.50 with a £14.50 concession. Go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.

We are delighted to have the National Theatre Live season at the Customs House.

Ray Spencer
Of Mice And Men, starring Chris O'Dowd and James Franco, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

Of Mice And Men, starring Chris O'Dowd and James Franco, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

Of Mice And Men, starring Chris O'Dowd and James Franco, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.

Of Mice And Men, starring Chris O'Dowd and James Franco, is being broadcast live at the Customs House, South Shields.