The National Theatre is Streaming Award-Winning Plays for Free During Lockdown
As we continue to find new ways to use our homes to enjoy the things we loved before social distancing, the National Theatre Live is offering the chance to enjoy world-class productions without having to get off the sofa.
Part of a new initiative designed to bringing live theatre into people’s homes during lockdown, a full length production is streamed live every Thursday at 7pm on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.
Streaming this week is Simon Godwin’s sell-out production of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra; featuring acclaimed performances by Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the fated lovers. Running at just over three hours, the play will be made available on May 7th.
Discussing the initiative, Rufus Norris, Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre, said: “We know that these are difficult and challenging times for many, and we hope that through this initiative we’re able to supply a weekly slice of entertainment for people to enjoy together, albeit digitally, when each production goes out at 7pm on Thursdays.”
Aiming to bring people together, theatre fans can also take part in the the National Theatre at Home Quiz, featuring quizmasters from the world of stage and screen. Taking place on the final Monday of the month at 7pm, previous quizmasters include Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.
Launched at the start of April in response to the forced closure of theatres and cinemas, National Theatre at Home has proven hugely popular. One Man, Two Guvnors, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden as Francis Henshall, was streamed over 2.5 million times during its week-long virtual run.
The next run of plays is yet to be announced.