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National Theatre at Home Streams Coriolanus for Free via YouTube June 4 – 11

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 3, 2020

The National Theatre in the UK has created National Theatre at Home, a free streaming service that provides access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Coming up on June 4 through June 11, it will stream its production of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Directed by Josie Rourke, it will start streaming at 7:00 p.m. BST / 2:00 p.m. EDT on June 4th, it runs 2 hours 40 mins with a very short interval. Here’s a link to a preview of Coriolanus:

National Theatre at Home: Coriolanus
Tom Hiddleston plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Josie Rourke directs the company including Mark Gatiss, Hadley Fraser, Alfred Enoch and Deborah Findlay. Coriolanus was filmed live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 by National Theatre Live.

The Creative Team for Coriolanus includes: Director Josie Rourke; Designer Lucy Osborne; Lighting Designer Mark Henderson; Video Designer, Andrzej Goulding; Sound Designer Emma Laxton; Composer, Michael Bruce; Movement, Jonathan Watkins; and Fight Director Richard Ryan.


The National Theatre—like theatres around the world—is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. They launched National Theatre at Home free of charge. Should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, there is a public appeal on our home page:

“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,” Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive said. “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 program that’s varied from comedy to new dramas to classics so there is something for everyone to enjoy from their own homes. We will be streaming each production at the same time each week in order to recreate, where possible, the communal viewing experience and we hope this will be an opportunity for people to share their enjoyment together online.”

Christina Matteotti, Head of Music and Culture Partnerships, EMEA said, “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. 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.”

Further information from the National Theatre:


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