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Tickets will be available beginning Sept. 27, 2019.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students have been generously funded by the Office of the President and are available at no cost at all ticket locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

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2019–20 Schedule

  • Fleabag

    Fleabag

    Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre
    Sunday Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

    Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

    Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

    Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

    Age recommendation 15+
    Contains strong language

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    By William Shakespeare
    Directed by Lyndsey Turner, from Sonia Friedman Productions
    Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

    Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

    As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

  • The Lehman Trilogy

    The Lehman Trilogy

    By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, directed by Sam Mendes
    A co-production from National Theatre and Neal Street Productions
    Jan. 26, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

    Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons.

    On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.

    163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

    This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

  • Small island

    Small Island

    Adapted by Helen Edmundson
    Based on the novel by Andrea Levy
    Feb. 9, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

    Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

    The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

    A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.

  • The Audience

    The Audience

    By Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry
    A production from Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
    March 8, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience.

    Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

    For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

    From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummers Night’s Dream

    By William Shakespeare
    A Bridge Theatre production
    May 3, 3 p.m.
    Harris Center Cinema

    ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

    A feuding fairy king and queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities, and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

    Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom.

    Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs, and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

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