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Music Box Theatre expands its Stage-to-Screen programming this winter with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Richard II starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant at noon on Saturday, December 7, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2013. The new production directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran also features Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of Gloucester.

In celebration of National Theatre’s 50th anniversary, the 2011 performances of Frankenstein directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 127 Hours) will return with Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary), who alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation on different nights.

National Theatre Live’s 2010 production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art also returns as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.

On February 16, 2014, National Theatre Live premieres Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (BBC's Sherlock) as Menenius. Directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the Shakespeare tragedy deals with political manipulation and revenge.

Tickets to all Stage-to-Screen presentations at Music Box Theatre are $15 in advance at musicboxtheatre.com ; or $18 at the door.

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