John Lithgow fans won’t have to head overseas to see the Oscar nominee and Tony winner in his latest play The Magistrate. The National Theatre production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s 1885 classic farce will be broadcast live in U.S. movie theaters beginning January 17.
Directed by Timothy Sheader, The Magistrate is the story of Mr. Posket (Lithgow), who becomes caught in one scandalous event after the next after marrying Agatha Farringdon (Nancy Carroll), a widow who hasn’t exactly been truthful.
The Magistrate will be shown at select theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Phoenix, Arizona, Houston, Fairfield, Santa Fe, Irvine, Berkley and Brookline.
The broadcast is part of the ongoing film series National Theatre Live, an initiative by the U.K. theater to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Previous live broadcasts include One Man, Two Guvnors, Frankenstein, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Phédre.