Men, men, men: NT Live

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The NT Live se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion broad­casts pro­duced by the Na­tional Theatre in Lon­don of­fers a one-two punch in back-to-back evenings at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). First up is

Every­man, a corner­stone of 15th-cen­tury English literature, here given in a new stage ver­sion adapted by Carol Ann Duffy (the poet lau­re­ate of Great Bri­tain) and star­ring Chi­we­tel Ejio­for (whom you may re­mem­ber from the movie 12 Years a Slave). Cur­rently play­ing at the Olivier Theatre, part of the Na­tional Theatre’s South Bank cam­pus, it’s a tale of a man who, suc­cess­ful in life, con­fronts death and finds it is dif­fi­cult to find a friend to ad­vo­cate for his sal­va­tion. The Len­sic of­fers it at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, July 16. The fol­low­ing night (Fri­day, July 17), also at 7 p.m., the screen lights up with Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s Man

and Su­per­man, taped dur­ing its re­cent run at the Lyt­tle­ton Theatre. Ralph Fi­ennes stars as the pro­tag­o­nist, a rad­i­cal-think­ing pro­gres­sive on the run from the prospect of wed­ded do­mes­tic­ity. Tick­ets, $22, can be had by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­ —James M. Keller

Man and Su­per­man


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