The National Theatre’s Nation

Yesterday I saw my first HD satellite broadcast on a movie screen, the National Theatre’s production of Nation.  I thought it would be like some of the plays I’ve seen in years past on PBS, but it was much, much better.  I was impressed and would definitely go to something like this again.  In fact, watching it made me wish the NT would do another revival of His Dark Materials (I saw the original production) so they could broadcast it worldwide too.

That said, I should say this production is pretty loosely based on the Terry Pratchett novel.  I thought Gary Carr who played Mau was excellent, was very impressed with the water scenes, and quite enjoyed it while, at the same time, wished they’d not reduced the novel quite so drastically, minimizing certain themes and leaving some of the most profound ones out completely. For all that, I’m glad I went.

Here’s a taste of what I saw:


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4 responses to “The National Theatre’s Nation

  1. betty tisel

    wow, good to know! this is cool.


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  3. Oh man, I wish I had seen that this was being broadcast! I’ll definitely be watching out for these broadcasts.

    It is a novel with such a great scope – sad to hear that they had to leave so much out, but not too surprising, I think.


  4. Thank you for blogging about this! I had a backstage tour of the National Theatre back in 2004 and was able to see a lot of the set for His Dark Materials, which was opening just after I left London. Their productions are astonishing, and I’m so excited to be able to see this one near me (Berkeley).


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