Last Updated on March 27, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Thursday Nights with the National Theatre!
Joining a growing number of theatres offering special broadcasts, the National There are offering NT Live productions for free via YouTube
The first production will be One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden. To catch it, all you need to do is tune in to the National Theatre’s YouTube channel any time from Thursday 2nd April at 7 pm, where it will be available on-demand for seven days.
We are really looking forward to this one. The National Theatre is planning to screen a number of productions which have already been shown in cinemas globally and treats coming up include Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre on the 9th April, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island on 16th April, and Twelfth Night on the 23 April featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. More titles will be announced in the next few days too.
There will also be accompanying interactive content – Q&A with the cast and creative teams, post-stream talks and more.
Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive explains:
“Our ambition at the National Theatre is to create work which is challenging, entertaining and inspiring and we’re committed to continuing that through these difficult times. 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.”
Meanwhile, students and teachers have access to the National Theatre Collection at home, delivered in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. Pupils now studying at home will be able to access the National Theatre Collection remotely. 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. And, 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.
While the situation is far from perfect we agree with Christina Matteotti, Head of Music and Culture Partnerships, EMEA who comments at the increased use of YouTube throughout the theatre industry:
“During this incredibly difficult time, we are so glad that institutions like the National Theatre are using the platform to share treasured cultural content with the UK and global communities who are facing self-isolation. Bringing the comedic delight of One Man Two Guvnors, the magic of shows like Twelfth Night, the mystery of Jane Eyre, and the adventure of Treasure Island to YouTube will be a ray of light during a very difficult time. Technology can bring the cultural and creative world inside your home. We look forward to seeing how NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME on YouTube delights the community and provides a chance to continue to learn.”