From Frankenstein to Fleabag: Amazon Prime Video to stream four National Theatre productions
James R | On 25, May 2021
Amazon Prime Video is teaming up with the National Theatre to stream four productions online.
The collaboration will see four productions filmed by the NT broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. They include: Frankenstein, directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Nick Dear, in which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of the creature and Victor Frankenstein; the stage production of Fleabag written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and filmed at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End; and Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Lyndsey Turner filmed at the Barbican in 2015. In addition, Prime members will be able to watch Ian McKellen On Stage, in which Ian McKellen performs extracts from some of his most iconic performances as part of his 80th birthday celebration – the first time this has been available to watch at home.
“The National Theatre have brought us some of the most memorable theatrical productions of the past decade, and we are delighted to give our customers across the UK and Ireland an opportunity to experience them,” comments Martin Backlund, Head of Content, UK, Ireland and Nordics at Prime Video. “The cream of UK acting talent so often started their career in theatre, and we want to shine a light on the incredible heritage we have here.”
Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre, says: “Over 12 years of broadcasting British theatre into cinemas with NT Live, we have built up an incredible array of filmed productions. It is with enormous pride that we announce this new collaboration with Amazon to share four productions for audiences to enjoy across the UK and Ireland on Prime Video. As theatre-makers continue to be impacted by the pandemic, this will also enable us to further support the artists behind the work. Audiences will have the best seat in the house for some of the most popular British productions of the last decade.”
Prime Video has provided access to live theatre and comedy previously including more than 30 stand-up specials from comedians like Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste and Jen Brister as part of Soho Theatre Live, which launched exclusively on Prime Video in December 2020 in a three-series deal. Prime Video and Amazon Studios also donated £500,000 to the Theatre Community Fund, launched by Olivia Colman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody to provide hardship grants to theatre workers and freelancers across the UK.
The deal also follows the National Theatre’s launch of its own subscription streaming service, NT At Home, with recent additions include The Deep Blue Sea, The Comedy of Errors, the Young Vic’s Cat on a Hit Tin Roof, Angels in America and the Bridge Theatre’s Julius Caesar.
The four productions will be available on Amazon Prime from 11th June. For more on digital theatre, see our guide to streaming plays online here.
Great British Theatre is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a Prime membership or a £5.99 monthly subscription.