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National Theatre at Home to Stream Productions for Free via YouTube

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020—During this unprecedented time which has seen the closure of theatres, cinemas, and schools, the National Theatre today announces new initiative National Theatre at Home providing access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Here’s the trailer for One Man Two Guvnors:

From Thursday April 2, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. The first production to be broadcast as part of National Theatre at Home will be Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden. Each production will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7.00pm GMT, it 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 this program to be announced.

One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, Director – Nicholas Hytner, Designer – Mark Thompson, Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson, The National Theatre, 2011. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Working closely with YouTube, other productions streamed as part of National Theatre at Home include Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre on April 9th, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island on April 16th, and Twelfth Night on April 23rd featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with further titles to be announced.

“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.”

One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, Director – Nicholas Hytner, Designer – Mark Thompson, Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson, The National Theatre, 2011. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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. 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.”

The National Theatre—like theatres around the world—is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. We are launching National Theatre at Home free of charge. Should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, we have launched a public appeal on our home page: nationaltheatre.org.uk

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

One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, Director – Nicholas Hytner, Designer – Mark Thompson, Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson, The National Theatre, 2011. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

 

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