The Hard Problem made easy at Leighton theatre

Olivia Vinall - Hilary in The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard  Image by Johan Persson
Olivia Vinall - Hilary in The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard Image by Johan Persson

The thrill of the National Theatre Live comes to the Leighton Buzzard screen on Thursday, April 16 (7pm) with acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard’s (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem.

A National Theatre Live screening is an opportunity to experience a fantastic London production at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre and, in high definition with multiple cameras, you’ll be experiencing it from the best seat in the house.

The play, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors), follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute. She is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the functional MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £13 concessions. To book call 0300 300 8125 or visit

There are also details online of other upcoming live National Theatre screenings in Leighton Buzzard including, Man and Superman (May 14) and Everyman (July 21).

The Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre box office is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, plus 45 minutes prior to all performances.