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National Theatre Live (HD Broadcast):
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable in this brutal, yet ferociously funny production of García Lorca’s masterpiece.
“A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic.” The Independent
“Billie Piper is on raw, ferocious, spellbinding form.” The Evening Standard
A young woman (Billie Piper, Penny Dreadful) is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s ferociously funny production of García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, which builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax. This theater phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic, and critics call it “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” (The Times) and “stunning, searing, unmissable” (Mail on Sunday). 2h
Praise for Billie Piper’s performance in The Guardian:
“In one fell—but felicitous—swoop, Simon Stone has remade Lorca for the English stage. Completely in tune with the Young Vic’s policy of bringing craic to the classics, the 31-year-old Australian director and writer has performed improbable surgery on Yerma, Lorca’s 1934 play about a woman who cannot conceive. He has stripped it of washerwomen, shepherds, poetic effusions. He has transplanted the action from rural Spain to present-day London, and made its heroine a lifestyle journalist and blogger. He shows the yearning of the central figure, the pressure that builds up around her, and the desperation that engulfs her, as utterly contemporary.
“Not him alone. Billie Piper, the least dried-up of actresses, is earth-quaking in the title role: yerma is Spanish for barren. She scythes through the different registers of the play with her unique combination of slangy poise and bunched-up physicality.”
National Theatre Live (NT Live) delivers the best of British theater to cinemas around the world. Stage performances are captured live in front of an audience at London’s National Theatre and its collaborating companies. The shows are then broadcast (live and time-delayed) in high definition across Europe and America.