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Published on August 1, 2017 1:08PM

Last changed on August 1, 2017 1:15PM

If you’re going to spend three hours looking at someone’s face in a vastly larger-than-life format, it might as well be the face of suspiciously handsome British actor Jude Law.

Law’s easy-on-the-eye features will grace the big screen at the Newport Performing Arts Center this Friday, Aug. 4, as the National Theatre presents its new production of “Obsession,” broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London.

Law stars as Gino, a down-at-heel but magnetically handsome drifter. At a roadside restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season in June 2009, millions have now experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide.

“Obsession” will run from 7 to 10 pm at 777 W. Olive Street.

Tickets, $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students, are available at the box office, online at www.coastarts.org or by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787).

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