Last night as part of the Royal National Theatre in England's celebratory 50th anniversary special Andrew Scott performed a scene with Dominic Cooper from the acclaimed AIDS drama, 'Angels in America' by Tony Kushner.
Running at only just over four minutes the scene showcased the talented Scott who was hilarious and heartbreaking as Prior Walter, a young gay man telling his boyfriend Louis (Cooper) the terrible revelation that he is dying of KS or Kaposi's Sarcoma, a cancer associated with the AIDS virus. The broadcast which was televised on BBC Two in the United Kingdom, was simultaneously shown at theaters throughout the world, including in the United States. Check this link to NTLive for encore screenings at venues near you. According to the New York Times, "Great Performances will broadcast the event on PBS in February in the United States."
The National celebrated their anniversary with an all-star broadcast drawing from productions they have mounted in the 50 years of their history. 'Angels in America' received its very first production not in America but at the National in 1992. The anniversary show was performed the night before as a dress rehearsal to a packed house of theater-goers who paid a hefty ticket price for the chance to see stars of the magnitude of Dame Judi Dench ("M" in the James Bond films), Dame Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey') and Helen Mirren perform.
The portrayals from Scott and Cooper were nothing short of stunning. Cooper's job in the scene was to play it more or less as the "straight" man to Scott's flamboyant gay man. The American accents were nearly perfect, except Scott pronounced Shirley Booth with a hard "th" sound, though I seriously doubt if most people today even remember the star of the sad Broadway play and movie, "Come back, little Sheba," which was referenced in the scene.
Having seen only the brief bit of the play Scott did, it makes one desire seeing him perform the entire show. He was magnificent.