Esplanade to screen National Theatre films starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren

The Esplanade will be screening four films of theatre productions staged at London's National Theatre: Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston in the title role, The Audience with Helen Mirren reprising her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II, and two versions of Frankenstein featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Tickets at $19 go on sale on May 7, with discounts for the purchase of tickets to three or more shows. They will be shown at the Esplanade Theatre Studio on selected dates in June, July and August this year.

These four films will be screened under the umbrella of National Theatre Live, a project that aims to capture live performances from the stage and broadcast them in cinemas across the globe. The initiative began in June 2009 and since then, 1.5 million people in 500 venues worldwide have watched these broadcasts. Each broadcast was filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre.

The Audience premiered in March 2013. Helen Mirren channels the Queen in this play by British playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan, which imagines what might have occurred during a series of important and completely private meetings between the Queen and each of the 12 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom in her 60-year rule. Mirren received an Olivier award for her portrayal of the Queen in this show.

British heartthrob Tom Hiddleston takes on the titular role of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, which opened in London in December 2013 at the Donmar Warehouse. This brutal tragedy of political manipulation and revenge features a legendary leader grappling with an increasingly unhappy populace - all this while, with an enemy at the gates.

Hiddleston has been described as "magnificent" by The Independent and "the ideal combination of emotional reserve and physical bravura" by the Observer in this critically-acclaimed production which features plenty of action.

The screenings conclude with Frankenstein directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and London Olympics fame. The show premiered in 2011.

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller go head to head as they take on alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation. The familiar gothic tale also touches on themes of scientific ethics and responsibility, as well as the eternal tussle between good and evil.

Both Cumberbatch and Miller shared an Olivier award for their performances.

Ms Jobina Tan, head of theatre and dance at the Esplanade, says: "With actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston who are hugely popular film and TV personalities today, we hope many who would not typically catch a theatre production would be enticed to come and catch these screenings. In watching these stars in a different light, we hope they discover how exciting and enriching theatre can be."

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Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

When: The Audience: June 29 at 7.30pm, July 26 at 3pm, August 2 at 2.30pm, August 3 at 7.30pm. Coriolanus: June 28 at 7.30pm, July 26 at 7.30pm, August 3 at 3pm. Frankenstein (Benedict Cumberbatch as Creature): June 28 at 3pm, August 2 at 7pm. Frankenstein (Jonny Lee Miller as Creature): June 29 at 3pm, August 10 at 7.30pm

Admission: Tickets go on sale on May 7. $19 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to