Theatre

“Whether it’s music, theater or film, the Bickford Theatre has consistently impressed me with the quality of its presentations. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this venue continues to grow in the years to come.”

Jay Lustig, NJ Arts


Box Office: 973.971.3706


Plays

 

Ticket Prices:

Museum Members: $35
Seniors: $40
Non-Members: $45
Students: $25 with ID

Group Rates for 10 or more: $38


Souvenir, a Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
By Stephen Temperley
September 27 – 30, 2018

 

Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in the ballroom of The Ritz- Carlton hotel (where she resided) brought her extraordinary fame. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her growing mob of fans packed her concerts, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter—which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944.

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Billy Bishop Goes to War
Book, Music & Lyrics by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson
November 9 – 18, 2018
One of Canada’s most successful and enduring musical plays.  This memory play is the celebrated story of Billy Bishop, the World War I flying ace, credited with 72 victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire. Billy  now appears in his later years, reflecting on his wartime exploits, and on the business of war and hero making.

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Photo courtesy of Playhouse Productions.

My Son, the Waiter,  A Jewish Tragedy
Written by and starring Brad Zimmerman
May 2 – May 5, 2019

 

Brad Zimmerman combines years of training as an actor with years on the standup comedy circuit, to create this hybrid play that weaves a bittersweet tale of one man’s lengthy, and we do mean lengthy, struggle in New York. His send-ups on his family, his career, his childhood and his misbegotten love life are as warm and poignant as they are hysterical.

Performances:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Thursday, May 2, 7:30PM (Museum Members only)  Call the Box Office at 973.971.3706
  • Friday, May 2, 8:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Saturday, May 4, 2:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00PM  Get Tickets

 


National Theatre

National Theatre Live, is a broadcast filmed in front of a live audience in a theatre, with cameras carefully positioned to ensure that cinem audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’.  Launched in 2009 it has broadcast more than 40 productions utilizing satellites to broadcast to theatres throughout Europe and the US.  Over 5.5 million people have experienced these productions in over 2,000 venues.

Two of our season’s five productions will be broadcast LIVE at 2:00PM.

All seats are General Admission.

Tickets

Museum Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

Hamlet
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:00PM 

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s SherlockThe Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

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FOLLIES at the National Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

FOLLIES at the National Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

Follies
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00PM

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

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The Madness of George III
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2:00PM (LIVE) and 7:00PM (Encore) 

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

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2:00PM Live
7:00PM Encore

 

I’m Not Running
Thursday, January 21, 2019, 2:00PM(LIVE) and 7:00PM (Encore) 

An explosive new play by David Hare, who was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’.

Siân Brooke plays Pauline Gibson, who has spent her life as a doctor – the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

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2:00PM Live
7:00PM Encore

 

Julius Caesar at the Bridge. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Julius Caesar at the Bridge. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Julius Caesar
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2:00PM

Ben Whishaw (The Danish GirlSkyfallHamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job)plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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Rory Kinnear, Beatrice Scirocchi and Anna Maria Nabirye in Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.

Rory Kinnear, Beatrice Scirocchi and Anna Maria Nabirye in Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.

Macbeth
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00PM

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rufus Norris

 Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny OperaLondon Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

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