UCCA Beijing

National Theatre Live: Women's Tragedy

2017.12.16 - 2018.1.13

Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese subtitles

This December, following the exclusive screening of Obsession, UCCA presents four more National Theater Live productions that are variations on the theme of womanhood. Hedda Gabler is directed by Olivier[B1] Award and Tony Award-winning Ivo van Hove, and stars Golden Globe Award-winning actress Ruth Wilson. Medea is National Theater Live’s modern reinterpretation of Euripides’s 2000-year-old masterpiece about a woman rebelling against fate. Jane Eyre is renowned British theater director Sally Cookson’s reinterpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, starring the inimitable Madeleine Worrall as Jane Eyre. Saint Joan is Josie Rourke’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, starring "Bond girl" Gemma Arterton.

“National Theatre Live Series” brings top productions from the stages of London and the world via film screenings. Since 2015, UCCA has collaborated with Beijing’s ATW Culture Media Co. Ltd. to present a series of productions from National Theatre, Almedia Theatre, and Branagh Company, including Frankenstein, Richard III, and Romeo and Juliet. The casts of these classic plays have included highly acclaimed British actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes.

[B1]Lawrence Olivier (weird name, I know).


120 RMB/Adult

80 RMB/UCCA member

200 RMB Ticket Package/Adult

160 RMB Ticket Package/UCCA member


Set tickets include 2 different films being screened on the same day


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12.16(Sat) 14:00-17:00 Hedda Gabler

12.16(Sat) 19:00-20:30 Medea

12.23(Sat) 13:00-16:30 Jane Eyre

12.23(Sat) 18:00-21:00 Saint Joan

1.6(Sat) 14:00-17:00 Hedda Gabler

1.6(Sat) 19:00-20:30 Medea

1.13(Sat) 13:00-16:30 Jane Eyre

1.13(Sat) 18:00-21:00 Saint Joan

About the Film

Hedda Gabler

Director: Ivo van Hove

Starring: Ruth Wilson

Type: Stage play

Country: UK

Time: 168 min

“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married, Hedda already feels buried alive. She and her husband, Tesman, have just returned from their honeymoon, but the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge, Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).


Director: Carrie Cracknell

Starring: Helen McCrory

Genre: Stage play

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 90 min

Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Jane Eyre

Director: Sally Cookson

Starring: Madeleine Worrall

Genre: Stage play

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 200 min

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story is as inspiring as ever. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before making the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

Saint Joan

Director: Josie Rourke

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Hadley Fraser

Genre: Stage play

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 180 min

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. Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Vote, Coriolanus) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this tour de force.



National Theatre


Trafalgar Releasing

Exclusive Operation in Greater China:

Beijing ATW Culture Media Co., Ltd.


Arts Council England

British Council

Projection Support