Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Paramount screens final play in series, “The Hard Problem,” Live in HD from the National Theatre of Great Britain

Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. — RUTLAND — Live in HD from the National Theatre of Great Britain continues in its final week of this latest series on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. On Saturday, April 9, an encore screening of “The Hard Problem” will bring the series to a close.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Arcadia,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”) returned to the National Theatre with his latest play “The Hard Problem.” The play is directed by Nicholas Hytner (“Othello,” “Hamlet,” “One Man, Two Guvnors”).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, 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 MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

The broadcasts begins at 2 p.m. Doors open for seating at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $20 general admission and are available in advance at the Paramount Theatre Box Office located at 30 Center Street in downtown Rutland, by phoning the venue Box Office at 802-775-0903, online at or at the door on the day of the screening.

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