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Experience world-class productions and archival materials from the UK's National Theatre through this exciting collection, transforming the landscape of theatre and performance studies around the globe.
National Theatre Collection 1
Drawing on 10 years of National Theatre Live broadcasts as well as recordings never previously seen outside of the National Theatre's archive, the video content includes 30 video performances.
Selected Video Performances
National Theatre Collection features a wide range of works regularly studied in secondary and higher education. Unique in scope, the collection includes such performances as:
- Literary adaptations, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
- Greek classics such as Medea by Euripides, in a contemporary adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell with Helen McCrory in the title role
- Vibrant modern stagings of Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin with Tamsin Greig in the role of Malvolia
- 20th-century classics such as Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs and the Young Vic's production of Lorca's Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone with Billie Piper in the title role
- Comedies such as She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly, and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner and featuring James Corden's Tony Awardwinning performance
... and many more.
National Theatre Collection 2
This second National Theatre collection offers 20 more performances, ranging from Greek legend and Shakespeare to a wealth of contemporary plays including musical theatre.
Turn of the Century Plays for Contemporary Audiences
- Hedda Gabler: WhatsOnStage described this production, with Ruth Wilson in the title role, as 'A Hedda unlike any I have ever seen. Devastating.'
- Julie: Carrie Cracknell directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa in this 'superlative production' (Time Out) set in contemporary London
- The Seagull: Chekhov's masterly meditation on how the old take revenge on the young is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage. 'Land-mark brilliant', The Independent
- Three Sisters: Chekhov's iconic characters are relocated to a 1960s Nigeria on the brink of the Biafran Civil War, in this bold adaptation by Inua Ellams. 'Brimming with Life. Enlightening and heart-breaking' Broadway World
20th Century Classics
- A View from the Bridge: Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production which The Times called 'One of the great theatrical productions of the decade.'
- All My Sons: From the Old Vic, Jeremy Herrin directs Sally Field and Bill Pullman in Arthur Miller's blistering drama
- Top Girls: Lyndsey Turner directs Caryl Churchill's wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions
- After Life: If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be? Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film
- Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches: In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, six New Yorkers with interconnected lives grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell
- Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika: Prior, Joe, Belize, Louis, Harper and Roy continue their journeys through love, loss and loneliness to overcome abandonment and ultimately discover forgiveness
- Barber Shop Chronicles: Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling
- Chewing Gum Dreams: Written and performed by Michaela Coel, this award-winning, one-woman play recalls the last days of innocence before adulthood
- Home: Nadia Fall's vital verbatim play about people living on the margins of society features performances from Michaela Coel, Antonia Thomas and Kadiff Kirwan
- Rockets and Blue Lights: Directed by Miranda Cromwell, this fiercely political play by Winsome Pinnock won the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award
- This House: A timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics. It's 1974 and to a backdrop of infighting and backstabbing the political parties battle to change the future of the nation
Shakespeare and Greek Classics
- Macbeth: Rufus Norris directs Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in Shakespeare's most intense and terrifying tragedy
- Paradise: Kae Tempest's epic new take on Greek legend is directed by Ian Rickson and performed by an all-female company including Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes
- Romeo and Juliet (2020): Starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor and filmed using the backstage spaces of the National Theatre during the Coronavirus pandemic
- I Want My Hat Back: Based on Jon Klassen's children's picture book classic, this production will support courses in theatre for young audiences as well as musical theatre
- The Threepenny Opera: Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical from the Olivier stage of the National Theatre
National Theatre Collection 3
This third National Theatre collection has launched with 10 performances, from Greek tragedy, a medieval morality play, and Shakespeare, to plays about Generation Z.
The collection will complete with a further 10 performances in February 2024, including: Othello, with Giles Terera (Hamilton) in the title role; and The Wife of Willesden, multi-award winning author Zadie Smith's adaptation of Chaucer's The Wife of Bath.
Greek Tragedy to Shakespeare
- Phaedra: Writer-Director Simon Stone reimagines Seneca's famous tragedy
- Everyman: When Death comes calling, Everyman must abandon his hedonistic life and embark on a frantic search to find a friend that will speak in his defence. Chiwetel Ejiofor is Everyman, directed by Rufus Norris
- Antony and Cleopatra: Politics and passion are violently intertwined in Shakespeare's gripping tale of power. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star in the title roles
- Much Ado About Nothing: Escape to the Italian Riviera in Simon Godwin's production with a cast including Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan
Adaptations of 19th and 20th Century Novels
- Wuthering Heights: Shot through with music and dance, Emma Rice transforms Emily Brontë's masterpiece into a passionate, powerful and uniquely theatrical experience
- The Book of Dust: Eighteen years after his groundbreaking production of His Dark Materials, Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman's parallel universe to direct a spellbinding adaptation by Bryony Lavery
20th and 21st Century Plays
- The Crucible: Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner directs this electrifying new production with designs by Es Devlin in a restaging of Arthur Miller's masterpiece
- Jack Absolute Flies Again: Richard Bean and Oliver Chris's play is based on Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals, and stars Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher
Plays about Generation Z
- Our Generation: Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from across the UK, this captivating coming-of-age play is for anyone who is or has ever been a teenager
- Shut Up, I'm Dreaming: The PappyShow's love letter to a new generation, directed by Kane Husbands and based on the views, ideas and experiences of teenagers
About National Theatre
The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe. The National Theatre’s extensive UK-wide learning and participation program supports young people’s creative education through performance and writing programs like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play. Its major new initiative Public Acts creates extraordinary acts of theatre and community; the first Public Acts production was 2018’s Pericles. The National Theatre extends its reach through digital programs including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries. The National Theatre invests in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of UK theatres and theatre companies.