Have you ever wanted to go spend the year abroad to soak up all the amazing theater throughout London?  Me, too!  Alas, reality won't let me run off to London

Hey, nonny nonny, don't fret. There's a brilliant alternative afoot.  Join me in experiencing some of the best London stage productions by signing up for the National Theatre Live package at the Irvine Barclay TheatreBuy a package of at least three performances to save 10% on tickets plus reduced service charge.  Huzzah for great London theatre and the ability to see if from lovely Irvine (can I get another "Huzzah!" for not having to go through a TSA pat down and 10 hours of a kid kicking the back of your airline seat?)

Huzzah!

 Barclay National Theatre Live

The National Theatre Live is a successful initiative that takes performances from the National's stages in London to cinemas and performing arts centers worldwide.  Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over half a million people have now experienced the National's acclaimed work on movie screens around the world.

Shot in high definition, you can experience the best of British theatre up close and personal, shown in high definition on the Barclay's giant screen. You'll always have the best view in the house!

September 21, 2014: Medea
Highly acclaimed modern twist on Euripides' powerful tragedy.

October 22, 2014: Streetcar Named Desire
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) stars as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece.

October 31, 2014: Frankenstein
The award-winning production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC's Sherlock) as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS's Elementary) as Dr. Frankenstein.

November 13,2014: Skylight
A beautifully acted play starring Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as two former lovers who attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship.

January 8, 2015: JOHN
Extraordinary and touching, JOHN authentically depicts the real-life story of a man struggling to survive.  JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.

February 15, 2015: Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation.  Suitable for 10 years +

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 756-seat Cheng Hall, renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics.

The partners created Irvine Barclay Theatre to showcase top quality artists, to provide a superior facility for local and regional arts groups, and to enhance UCI's educational mission, particularly the programs generated by its School of the Arts. The theatre building is named for Mr. Richard Barclay, an area philanthropist, who provided the leading gift for the theatre's construction. The theatre auditorium is named for Dr. George and Arlene Cheng, also area philanthropists.

Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA, 92612.  (949) 854-4646