Lithgow stars in NT Live farce

Jan 04, 2013
John Lithgow gets run through farce’s ringer in “The Magistrate.”

Rockland — London’s National Theatre “NT Live” season of play broadcasts starts the new year with “The Magistrate” starring John Lithgow Thursday, Jan. 17 with a live transmission at 2 p.m. and a rebroadcast at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Lithgow (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Shrek,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (“Crazy for You” and “Into the Woods,” Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit classic comedies “She Stoops to Conquer” and “London Assurance,” “The Magistrate” is sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter. When amiable magistrate Posket (Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll), little does he realize she has dropped five years from her age — and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

The National Theatre of London broadcasts also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with artists. Tickets are $23, $15 for students; contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 5; or send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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John Lithgow, left, and Joshua McGuire face off in “The Magistrate.” (Photo by: Johan Persson)
John Lithgow and company take a bow in National Theatre’s “The Magistrate.” (Photo by: Johan Persson)
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