Angels in America Starring Andrew Garfield Is Now Online

You can watch it on demand for less than P500.

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PHOTO BY Brinkhoff & Mögenburg via Broadway.com

(SPOT.ph) If New York has Broadway, London has the West End. It is every theatergoer's mecca with an entire neighborhood dotted with theaters showing a range of musicals and plays. But on March 16, 2020, following a lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all theaters were closed—forcing theater companies to adapt through online streaming. One of these is the streaming service National Theatre at Home, which just added the award-winning Angels in America to their collection. The two-part play stars American-British actor Andrew Garfield, who is known for 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner follows the life of one Louis Ironson (Nathan Lane) who abandons his AIDS-stricken lover, Prior Walter (Andrew Garfield). It is set in mid-1980s Manhattan and revolves around hard-hitting themes of homosexuality, drug addiction, and faith.

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America:

The first part, Millennium Approaches, premiered in May 1991 in San Francisco before heading to London in a National Theatre production at the Dorfman Theater (formerly Cottesloe Theater) on January 23, 1992. The production available through National Theatre at Home was filmed live in Lyttelton Theatre in London in 2017. It was directed by Marianne Elliott.

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Angels in America: Millenium Approaches won Best Play at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Award, and Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993. Angels in America: Perestroika also won Best Play at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Award in 1994. The play also bagged Best Revival for Laurence Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award in 2018. It was the same production where Garfield won Best Actor in a Play for the Tony Awards and Outstanding Actor in a Play for the Drama Desk Award.

Millenium Aproaches was performed in a local production by Atlantis in March 2019 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in Makati City. Topper Fabregas gave so much life to the dying Prior Walter that you just knew there is no one else in the local theater scene who could take on this character so well. His trademark mannerisms—the twitching nose and flicking fingers—combined with his ability to easily shift from a terminally ill yet optimistic HIV-positive patient to an enraged yet pining lover, left everyone enthralled.

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Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika are available for a three-day rental period for U.S.$ 9.99 (roughly P480). Both are online "at least" until February 7, 2022 at National Theatre at Home.

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