Nouveau Screens Acclaimed Live Performance Of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan On The Big Screen

Saint Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

Saint Joan – the acclaimed production of the George Bernard Shaw classic play filmed live at London’s Donmar Warehouse – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast to be screened only at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas from Saturday 18 March for limited screenings.


Gemma Arterton in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Saint Joan. Dir Josie Rourke. Photo Jack Sain

Directed by The Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus) and starring Gemma Arterton (Quantam of Solace, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) in the lead role, this production puts a modern twist on this one-hundred-year old play that follows the life, times and eventual trial of Joan of Arc – a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.


As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. From the torment of the Hundred Years’ War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. The play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.

Saint Joan releases on South African screens from Saturday, 18 March 2017, for four screenings only: on 18, 22 and 23 March at 19:30 and on 19 March at 14:30 at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.  The running time is approximately 180 mins, including an interval.

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Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live (NT Live) enables audiences to experience the best of British theatre throughout the year, as the National brings cameras into the auditorium to record and broadcast performances from stage to screen. NT Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of more than 6.5 million people at over 2 500 venues in 60 countries.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Cinema Nouveau are:

Hedda Gabler (from 01 April 2017)


Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall in Hedda Gabler. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

“I’ve no talent for life” – Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to NT Live cinema screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, with Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role, in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

 Twelfth Night (from 27 May 2017)


Twelfth Night – Oliver Chris as Orsino, Tamara Lawrance as Viola, image by Marc Brenner

Directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live’s Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem), Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

Additional NT Live broadcasts in 2017 at Cinema Nouveau include:


    Joshua McGuire and Daniel Radcliffe. Photo by Manual Harlan

    Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (03 June), with Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, from The Old Vic theatre;

  • Obsession (24 June), starring Jude Law in this new stage adaptation, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre;
  • Peter Pan (08 July), captured live at the National Theatre, this performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens as perfect cinema fare for the mid-year school holidays: All children, except one, grow up…;
  • Salomé (22 July), directed by South African-born award-winning director Yaёl Farber;
  • Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America – Part I & II (19 Aug & 02 Sept), with Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey; and
  • Yerma (23 Sept), Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising the lead role.