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The Garden Classroom

The Garden Classroom is a new program that offers an immersive, big-screen learning experience to local schools. The program offers four options for schools to bring students during school hours to the theater. Classes will be able to:

  • Select from any available live theatre / Shakespeare simulcast productions, such as National Theatre Live, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theatre;
  • Select from a curated slate of topical films featuring protagonists their age that speak to contemporary topics and themes and also showcase explary filmmaking technique. Films in the slate will include short subjects as well as feature-length films and have options available for a range of classrooms and ages;
  • Book a special screening of a currently playing Main Attraction;
  • Select a film of their choosing, based on theatrical availability, that best matches their curriculum.

Each screening will have the option for talk-back and discussion with the Garden Theater staff, exploring themes in the film as well as filmmaking and storytelling techniques.

Cost to School

  • If more than 35% of the school qualify for subsidized school lunch, then the screening and transportation fees will be covered by the Hiway.
  • If not, then the screening will be priced accordingly with the school covering transportation costs.
    • A flat rate of $150 for groups (students and chaperones) 19 or fewer;
    • $8 per person for groups 20 or more.

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Films and Programs

Share incredible performances from around the world with your class. Productions from London’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Globe Theatre are presented in stunning HD and will give your class the best seats in the house to see world-class actors in acclaimed, often sold-out, performances. Note: Productions are only available within certain windows. Please be note the availability dates while planning your visit.

Hamlet National Theatre Live
3 hr 30 min (including 1 intermission)
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
Synopsis: Benedict Cumberbatch's 2015 performance in the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy. Compelled to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. This critically-acclaimed production was directed by Lyndsey Turner.

Availability Window
Start Date: March 8, 2018
End Date: Feb 28, 2019
Julius Ceasar
Julius Ceasar National Theatre Live
2 hr (no intermission)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder, David Morrissey
Synopsis: Director Nicholas Hytner's new take on this Shakespeare classic thrusts 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. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, leaders of the coup, David Calder plays Caesar, and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, who brings Rome back under control after the conspirators' defeat.

Please note that Julius Caesar will contain strobe lighting.

Availability Window
Start Date: March 2, 2018
End Date: March 21, 2019
Macbeth National Theatre Live
2 hr 40 min (including one intermission)
Director: Rufus Norris
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff
Synopsis: Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris, will see Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Availability Window
Start Date: May 10, 2018
End Date: May 9, 2019
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre Live
3 hr (including one intermission)
Director: Marianne Elliot
Synopsis: Mark Haddon’s celebrated novel is beautifully adapted into a stage play by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliot. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, fifteen year-old Christopher is autistic. His carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog impaled on a garden fork and he is initially blamed for the killing. A deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating mystery with equal parts comedy and drama.

Availability Window
Start Date: June 12, 2018
End Date: Dec 31, 2018
King Lear
King Lear National Theatre Live
Director: Jonathan Munby
Cast: Ian McKellen
Synopsis: Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, KING LEAR sees an aging father reject the child who truly loves him. His blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Ian McKellen stars with Jonathan Munby directing this nuanced and powerful contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving, and shocking play.

Availability Window
Start Date: Sept 27, 2018
End Date: Sept 26, 2019
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra National Theatre Live
3 hr 40 min
Director: Simon Godwin
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo
Synopsis: Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous, fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion, and power. Roman General Mark Antony and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Filmed live from the National Theatre and directed by Simon Godwin.

Availability Window
Start Date: Dec 6, 2018
End Date: Dec 5, 2019
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second National Theatre Live
2 hr 30 min
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
Cast: Simon Russell Beale
Synopsis: Simon Russell Beale plays Richard II in the Almeida Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s play. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish, and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. This visceral new production is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.

Availability Window
Start Date: Jan 15, 2019
End Date: Jan 14, 2020
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest Classic Spring Theatre Company
2 hr 30 min
Director: Michael Fentiman
Synopsis: A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

Availability Window
Start Date: Oct 9, 2018
End Date: Oct 8, 2019
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale The Globe Theatre
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Synopsis: Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable. In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. The play’s uncontrollable emotions – rage, love, grief and forgiveness – range across gender, country, class and age. Its universe is full of monsters, gods and natural disasters, and its colossal sweep takes us from stifling courts to unbuttoned festivals.

Availability Window
Start Date: Nov 23, 2018
End Date: Nov 22, 2019
Book a Screening

Our Hiway programming staff has selected 8 films that feature middle school and high school protagonists that speak to contemporary topics and themes and also showcase explary filmmaking technique. Films in the slate include short subjects as well as feature-length films and have options available for a range of classrooms and ages. Each screening included the option for talk-back and discussion with the Hiway Theater staff, exploring themes in the film as well as filmmaking and storytelling techniques.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 | 1 hr 33 min | USA
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Synopsis: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Keywords: Magic, Escapism, Storm, Flood, Climate change, Poverty, Community, Family

The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner 2017 | 1 hr 37 min | Ireland
Director: Nora Twomey

Synopsis: THE BREADWINNER is an award-winning animated feature. It is 2001 in Afghanistan, and 11-year-old Parvana’s father has been arrested by the Taliban. She cuts her hair to look like a boy to work and support her family. A luminous film from the creators of THE SECRET OF KELLS and SONG OF THE SEA. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Keywords: Animated, Storytelling, Afghanistan, Gender disguise, Prison, Taliban

Boy and the World
Boy and the World 2013 | 1 hr 20 min | Brazil
Director: Alê Abreu

Synopsis: An amazing Brazilian animation that truly exemplifies the power of imagery and music as a combination that has more than enough to portray a powerful and deep message. It shows an adventurous quest that illustrates the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. A cautionary tale of globalization, The Boy And The World teaches above all the dangers of the massification of the economy, of the mind, and of the soul.

Keywords: Little dialogue, Invented language

Brooklyn Castle
Brooklyn Castle 2012 | 1 hr 41 min | USA
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore

Synopsis: Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Keywords: Documentary, Chess

Wadjda 2012 | 1 hr 38 min | Saudi Arabia
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Synopsis: An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Keywords: Feminism, Bicyle, School, Muslim, Empowerment

Landfill Harmonic
Landfill Harmonic 2015 | 1 hr 24 min | Paraguay
Director: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

Synopsis: Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra. An unlikely orchestra made out of recycled trash. As this group takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world, we follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

Keywords: Documentary, Waste, Music, Poverty

Shake the Dust
Shake the Dust 2014 | 1 hr 24 min | USA
Director: Adam Sjöberg

Synopsis: a feature documentary that tells the stories of break dancers from conflicted "third- world" communities around the globe who, although separated by cultural boundaries and individual struggles, are intrinsically tied to one another through their passion for dance and hip-hop culture.

Keywords: Documentary, Breakdancing, Poverty, Community, Dance

Andrew with Great Fanfare
Andrew with Great Fanfare 2014 | 25 min | USA
Director: André Hörmann

Synopsis: Andrew is 14 years old and lives at his grandmother's in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans. His strict father is a major in the US army and is constantly on the road. Music is Andrew's life and his brass band 'Roots of Music' are his refuge. In his band Andrew learns much more than making music. He learns about values and norms, knowledge that will him in his later life. But most of all, the band keeps him off the street. Andrew wants to become a musician and perform in the many amazing jazz clubs of New Orleans. But first, he needs to prepare for the world renowned Mardi Gras parade.

Keywords: Documentary, Short, Music, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Dreams

Book a Screening

Is there a film that we are already playing that you would like to share with your class? Special screenings for currently playing Main Attraction titles can be arranged. Recent examples of films that classes have attended have included RBG, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, and 12 Years a Slave.

Book a Screening

Is there a classic movie that fits your curriculum that you want to share with your class on the big screen? Let us know and we can arrange a field trip. Based on availability the school can choose any film that offers an outside educational component to their in-class lessons; or schools can work with our Programming team to come up with a title that fits their current curriculum.

Book a Screening