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From the Royal National Theatre to Rialto


The best of the British theatre is coming to Limassol once more as National Theatre Live shares broadcasts of its productions overseas. Rialto Theatre has been broadcasting live performances from NT Live since 2012 and a new play is coming to its big screen soon.

January’s live theatre broadcast already took place in the middle of the month so now the agenda looks toward mid-February. On Sunday, February 13, Leopoldstadt by award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard will be shown at Rialto, a production under the direction of Patrick Marber.

Stoppard’s critically acclaimed play is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Leopoldstadt, the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. The play follows his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic but intimate play. Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, it will be screened at Rialto in its original language with Greek subtitles.



Live broadcast of Tom Stoppard play. Part of the National Theatre Live initiative. February 13. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8pm. In English with Greek subtitles.

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