National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live is the best of British theatre, performed in London and presented in Wisconsin Rapids by McMillan Memorial Library.

2017 Spring Series

January 23 - Les Liaisons Dangereuse. Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed. Sponsored by the Library Endowment.  More information at the National Theatre website.

March 16 - Amadeus. Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (LutherGame of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. Sponsored by the Mead Witter Foundation. More information at the National Theatre website.

April 17 - Saint Joan. Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.  Sponsored by the Library Endowment. More information at the National Theatre website.

May 8 - Twelfth Night.  Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.  The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.  More information at the National Theatre website.

National Theatre Live

The National Theatre in London is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. In fulfillment of its mission, it has launched a service to broadcast live and recorded performances to cinemas and other venues around the world. McMillan is one of only three public libraries internationally to participate in this program.

Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. Due to the time zone difference and to best fit within the Library's schedule, showings at McMillan are delayed from the original broadcasts. As with all Library events, admission is free. Seating in the theater may be limited. Doors will open 45 minutes before show time. These programs are sponsored by the McMillan Memorial Library Endowment Fund.

“The Library has expanded its weekly film series to incorporate a once-a-month film festival of regional, documentary, limited release and foreign films” said Library Director Andy Barnett. “We wanted to build on that by presenting the best of British theatre to our community.”

For Educators - The National Theatre has created PDFs, lesson plans and video learning resources which can be freely used by anyone. You can find them at - just click on the relevant production and scroll down to the video and document links. You won’t need to be logged in to access these, but some video content is not available in the U.S. The National Theatre also has a variety of other free learning resources linked through their main website. Go to and on the bottom of the page are links to YouTube, iTunes U and SoundCloud accounts with multimedia content. Their Learning page - also has lesson plans and packs for a number of past productions


Previous Events

2016 Series

September 29 - The Audience. 

November 3 - Frankenstein. 

December 1 - Hamlet.