Esplanade adds additional screenings for National Theatre Live, unveils cast for Onegin

Due to popular demand, the Esplanade has added five additional screenings of National Theatre Live - theatre productions at London's prestigious National Theatre that were filmed in front of a live audience.

The additional screenings are for Shakespeare's Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston (best known for his role as Loki in the movies The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World) in the title role, and two versions of Frankenstein featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary; Trainspotting).

The National Theatre Live screenings run at the Esplanade Theatre Studio from June 28 to Aug 10. Tickets for these screenings are already on sale at $19 each from Sistic. For more information, visit

Frankenstein, a 2011 stage production of the famous Gothic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, is directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and the London Olympics fame. Both Cumberbatch and Miller shared an Olivier award for playing alternating roles as Frankenstein and his creature.

Separately, the arts centre also unveiled the cast for the Stuttgart Ballet's Oct 31 and Nov 1 performances at the Esplanade Theatre of its celebrated ballet Onegin, based on 19th-century Russian writer Alexander Pushkin's poem of the same name.

Set in Imperial Russia, it is the tale of a wealthy young poseur, Eugene Onegin, who rejects the love of country girl Tatiana, only to falls for her many years later. Anna Osadcenko, Alicia Amatriain and Hyo-Jung Kang will in turn dance the role of Tatiana for the Oct 31 performance, Nov 1 matinee and Nov 1 evening show.

Onegin will be played successively by Jason Reilly, Friedemann Vogel and Alexander Jones over the three shows. Osadcenko is performing as Tatiana for the first time, while the other five are all veterans and principal dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet. Tickets for Onegin are priced at $60 to $200 from Sistic.

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