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  • John Lithgow (left) and Joshua McGruire star in "The Magistrate," a production of Britain's National Theatre Live that will be shown at Amherst Cinema Jan. 17 and Feb. 9.

    John Lithgow (left) and Joshua McGruire star in "The Magistrate," a production of Britain's National Theatre Live that will be shown at Amherst Cinema Jan. 17 and Feb. 9.

  • Hartsbrook Marionettes will perform "Mother Holle" Han. 12 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.

    Hartsbrook Marionettes will perform "Mother Holle" Han. 12 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.

  • John Lithgow (left) and Joshua McGruire star in "The Magistrate," a production of Britain's National Theatre Live that will be shown at Amherst Cinema Jan. 17 and Feb. 9.
  • Hartsbrook Marionettes will perform "Mother Holle" Han. 12 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.

‘Mother Holle’

The Hartsbrook Marionettes will present “Mother Holle” Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. The troupe performs for early-childhood audiences.

Mother Holle:” is the story of two maidens, one hard-working and one idle, who journey down a well and are asked to take care and do good work on their travels.

Free; museum admission is separate. The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road. For information, call 658-1100 or visit wwwcarlemusum.org.

National Theatre Live

“The Magistrate,” a performance by Britain’s National Theatre Live, will be presented onscreen Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst.

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero enjoyed a long and varied career as a playwright and director, dissecting social hypocrisies of the Victorian era on the London stage. “The Magistrate” (1885) marked his first attempt at farce, a welcome change that took critics and audiences by surprise.

National Theatre Live presents screenings of a performance that was captured in HD from London’s stage of Britain’s National Theatre. It stars Tony Award winner John Lithgow and was directed by Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader.

The comedy of manners begins with respected magistrate Aeneas Pocket (Lithgow) who recently married 30-something widow Agatha (Olivier Award winner Nancy Carroll), and now lives with her son Cis (Joshua McGuire). In order to conceal her real age, Agatha claims her son is just 14 years old, but the lusty teen has a fondness for cigarettes, alcohol and his 16-year-old music teacher.

A second screening will be held Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Tickets cost $24 and are available at the Amherst Cinema box office or online at www.amherstcinema.org.

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