The Rialto Theatre in Limassol and the Thoc building in Nicosia will both present a screening of the play Yerma from the National Theatre Live series on Tuesday.
Yerma, played by Billie Piper, is a childless woman who is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The play – which was originally set in rural Spain – is set in contemporary London, where Piper (who won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance) portrays a woman in her thirties who is obsessed with the notion of becoming a mother. Her obsession and desperation to conceive build up to a shocking, criminal climax.
Piper also picked up a total of six Best Actress awards for her performance in Yerma, making it one of the most acclaimed and awarded stage performances in British theatre history – and the only female actor to have picked up six out of an available six Best Actress awards for a single performance.
The unmissable theatre phenomenon, which sold out at the Young Vic, was described by critics as ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).
Screening of the performance as part of the National Theatre Live series. November 21. Thoc, Nicosia and Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €6/10 and €7/10. Tel: 77-772717, 77-777745