National Theatre At Home: NT Live plays to stream free on YouTube
Staff Reporter | On 26, Mar 2020Reading time: 3 mins
The National Theatre is joining the digital theatre club this spring with a selection of NT Live productions streaming on YouTube in the coming months.
With theatres across the UK shutting their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, audiences have been turning to streaming theatre services and initiatives to keep up with culture – you can read our guide to digital theatre here.
The National Theatre, which has been beaming recordings into cinemas under the brand NT Live for years, is well placed to meet that demand, with a back catalogue of recorded productions. And, with the theatre closed and performances not resuming before July, a selection of those is being made available for free under the initiative National Theatre at Home.
Audiences around the world will be able to stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Each production will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7.00pm GMT and will then be available on demand for seven days. Alongside the streamed productions, National Theatre at Home will also feature accompanying interactive content such as Q&As with cast and creative teams and post-stream talks, with further details of that content to be announced.
With schools closed, students and teachers will have access to the National Theatre Collection at home, delivered in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. The Collection includes high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, drawing from 10 years of NT Live broadcasts and never-before-released productions from the National Theatre’s Archive. It’s available now for free to pupils and teachers at state schools and state-funded further education colleges, through remote access provided in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. Schools will be able to share log-in details with pupils to access the National Theatre Collection at home during this period. Bloomsbury Publishing has also extended the free trial period for other academic institutions including universities, libraries and independent schools until the end of May 2020 to continue to support the educational community across the globe. (Teachers can sign up now to National Theatre Collection on Bloomsbury’s Drama Online Platform via www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntcollection.)
The series will start on Thursday 2nd April with Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden. Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre will follow, ahead of Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Twelfth Night featuring Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia.
Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive says: “I’m thrilled that we’re able to fulfil this ambition in a different way through our collaboration with YouTube. I am exceptionally proud of the team at the National Theatre for working so hard to create National Theatre at Home and also to the rights holders who have been so supportive of this new initiative allowing us to bring theatre to households right across the world. We have delved into the National Theatre Live archive and curated a programme that’s varied from comedy to new dramas to classics so there is something for everyone to enjoy from their own homes.”
Here’s the currently confirmed schedule, which we keep updated as more titles are announced:
One Man Two Guvnors
Thursday 2nd April
Thursday 9th April
Thursday 16th April
Thursday 23rd April
Photo: Johan Persson
Photo: Johan Persson