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From London to your couch: enjoy National Theatre plays at home

Posted June 17, 2020

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London’s National Theatre is known for its excellent theatrical productions, ranging from classics to cutting-edge new works. No stranger to world-wide broadcasts, the National has been producing high-quality live recordings of its performances and sharing them globally for over a decade through its National Theatre Live initiative. Now, as no one is able to gather in front of a stage or large-scale screen, the National has captivated the world again with over 12 million views of its National Theatre at Home performances, streamed free each week. Make a date on Thursdays for the next five weeks to enjoy the following productions via the National’s YouTube channel:

Small Island - The epic stage version of Andrea Levy's prize-winning novel, directed by Rufus Norris

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Gwendoline Christie plays Titania in the Bridge Theatre's immersive production, directed by Nicholas Hytner

Les Blancs - An African country teeters on the edge of civil war in Lorraine Hansberry’s epic, directed by Yaël Farber

The Deep Blue Sea - Helen McCrory plays one of contemporary drama's greatest female roles in Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, directed by Carrie Cracknell

Amadeus - Lucian Msamati is Salieri in Peter Shaffer's iconic play, directed by Michael Longhurst and featuring live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia

All performances offer captions and separate, audio-described versions of Small Island, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus are available.