National Theatre Live: The Magistrate

Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in this uproarious Victorian farce, with Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) as his wife Agatha. The director is Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).

Well, when I heard the new dad was a police magistrate, I was scared. Said I to myself, "If I don't mind my Ps and Qs, the Guv'nor – from force of habit – will fine me all my pocket-money."

With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, alcohol and woman, it's hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that's because he isn't. Agatha, his mother, dropped five years from her true age – and his – when she married amiable magistrate Posket. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit comedies, She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences around the world doubled up with laughter.

As a part of the National Theatre Live series, “The Magistrate” will be recorded live in London. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays.

Cost: $15 Museum Members, Arizona Theatre subscribers and students with ID; $18 general admission.

Presented in High Definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Runtime: approx 3hrs.

Multi-ticket packages available here.

National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum is generously sponsored by Sue and Bud Selig.

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