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National Theatre at Home Streams This House for Free via YouTube May 28 – June 4

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • May 27, 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 May 28th through June 4, it will stream its production of James Graham’s This House. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, it will start streaming at 7:00 p.m. BST / 2:00 p.m. EDT on May 28th, it runs 2 hours and 40 minutes with a very short interval. Here’s a link to a preview of This House:

Enjoying two sold-out National Theatre runs, a NT Live broadcast in 2013, plus a West End transfer and UK tour, This House is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (Ink, ITV’s Quiz). It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. During this era of chaos, when a staggering number of politicians die and age-old traditions are thrown aside, MPs find they must roll up their sleeves, and bend the rules, to navigate a way through the Mother of all Parliaments.

The Creative Team for This House includes: Director Jeremy Herrin; Designer Rae Smith; Lighting Designer Paul Anderson; Original Lighting Designer, Paule Constable; and Sound Designer Ian Dickinson.

 

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: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Further information from the National Theatre: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

“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.”

 

 

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