The National Theatre announces five additional titles as part of National Theatre at Home
Productions added to the programme include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Small Island, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea, and Amadeus.
The National Theatre announced that it will release another five productions available for streaming as part of the National Theatre at Home initiative. The productions are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Small Island, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea, and Amadeus. Starting June 18, one production will be available to stream each Thursday at 7PM BST for free and will be available on demand for the week following. Each production will also have accompanying content for audiences to further engage with the show. Watch this week's production here.
National Theatre at Home was established in April to make the performing arts more accessible while theatregoers are staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April, National Theatre at Home has released ten productions that were streamed on National Theatre’s YouTube channel, and these additional five productions will be the final titles added to the line-up.
“During what has been such an isolating time for many people right across the world it has been wonderful to be able to share these productions with both new and existing audiences, and to have the opportunity to showcase the exceptional creative talent working in our industry," Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre said in a press release. "The support we, and our partner organisations have received, not only in terms of donations, but through messages of thanks has been so encouraging. We’re delighted to be able to bring these final titles to audiences around the world for free and we look forward to announcing the next stage of our NT at Home programming in due course.”
On 18 June, the National Theatre will stream Small Island, the theatrical adaptation of Andrea Leavy’s novel starring Leah Harvey (Emilia, Julius Caesar), Gershwyn Eustace J (Pinocchio, Home), and Aisling Loftus (War and Peace, Noises Off). The play follows the complicated history between Jamaica and the UK through three interconnected perspectives, and coincides with Windrush Day on June 22.
On 25 June, the National Theatre will release the Bridge Theatre production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The production stars Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (One Man, Two Guvnors), David Moorst (Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles) as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom respectively.
On 2 July, viewers can stream Lorraine Hansberry’s (A Raisin in the Sun) drama Les Blancs, a drama about racial tensions in post-colonial Africa. The cast includes Danny Sapani (Medea, Black Panther, Killing Eve), Siân Phillips (People, Clash of the Titans) and Tunji Kasim (Network, Antony and Cleopatra).
On 9 July, The National Theatre will stream Carrie Cracknell’s The Deep Blue Sea, which stars Helen McCrory (Medea, Peaky Blinders) in one of the most iconic female roles in contemporary theatre as her character navigates an affair and the breakdown of her marriage.
The final National Theatre at Home production will be Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, the National Theatre production turned Oscar-winning film, which will stream 16 July. The play follows the life of young Mozart, played by Adam Gillen (Fresh Meat, Benidorm).