National Theatre Collection
Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, the National Theatre Collection launched in September with 19 films, now contains 24 and will complete with 30 by the end of March 2020.
- Comedies: She Stoops to Conquer, One Man, Two Guvnors, and London Assurance
- 20th century classics: Yerma, The Cherry Orchard, The Deep Blue Sea and Les Blancs
- Shakespeare plays: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet
- Literary adaptations: Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Peter Pan
- Greek classics: Antigone and Medea
- World historical drama: Dara
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Polly Findlay’s electric 2012 production brings Sophocles’ tragedy into the modern world as a gripping political thriller. Adapted by Don Taylor with a cast including Jodie Whittaker and Christopher Eccleston.★★★★★ ‘Makes clear the continuing relevance of Sophocles’s play’ Financial Times
Set at the very start of the twentieth century, Andrew Upton’s new version of Chekhov’s classic captures a poignant moment in Russia's history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917.★★★★ ‘Beautifully skewed, melancholic and haunting.’ The Stage
Originally performed at the Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan, Shahid Nadeem’s epic tale of the dispute that shaped modern-day India and Pakistan is brought to life in Nadia Fall’s stunning production.★★★★ ‘Nadeem’s writing has a subtle, wise and deeply felt approach’ Financial Times
Starring Helen McCrory and directed by Carrie Cracknell, Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.★★★★★ ‘Stunning. Exquisitely sad. Beautifully judged.’ Time Out
Frankenstein (2 films)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller each play Victor Frankenstein and his creation in these two performances of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production. Written by Mary Shelley and adapted by Nick Dear.★★★★★ 'A monster hit' The Times
First staged at the Bristol Old Vic and devised by the Company, Sally Cookson's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel is a vivid and breathtaking spectacle.★★★★★ ‘Aflame with passion. A picture of exultant feminism.’ The Observer
Written 11 years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage. This theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa features Danny Sapani as Tshembe.★★★★★ ‘An exquisite production’ The Daily Telegraph
Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version of Dion Boucicault’s classic comedy about life, love and mistaken identity in 19th Century London.★★★★★ ‘An absolute corker of a production’ Daily Telegraph
Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.★★★★★ ‘Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness’ The Sunday Times
Tony Award-winning James Corden plays Francis Henshall in the hilarious West End and Broadway hit. Written by Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play is an update of Goldoni’s classic farce A Servant of Two Masters.★★★★★ ‘The funniest show on the planet’ The Daily Mail
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson directs this wondrously inventive devised production of JM Barrie’s classic. Originally staged at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.★★★★★ ‘A dazzling production’ Radio Times
One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith's play offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly.★★★★★ 'Joyous stuff' The Evening Standard
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure of mutiny, money and murder is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.★★★★ ‘Astonishing. A remarkable take on Stevenson’s classic.’ The Observer
Billie Piper won an Olivier Best Actress award for her performance in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.★★★★★ ‘A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic’ The Independent
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy features an award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role, directed by the Donmar's former Artistic Director Josie Rourke.★★★★ 'A fast, witty, intelligent production’ The Guardian
Rory Kinnear delivers an award-winning performance in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play, directed by Nicholas Hytner.★★★★★ ‘Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb’ The Times
In Nicholas Hytner’s production, Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony.★★★★ ‘Visceral and politically urgent' The Guardian
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and directed by Tony Award winning Michael Grandage.★★★★★ ‘The finest and most searching Lear I have ever seen.’ The Telegraph
First performed as part of the National Theatre’s series of Shakespeare for younger audiences, Justin Audibert and the Company create a bold contemporary retelling of this dark play.
This acclaimed production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, was nominated for Best Revival at the 2013 Olivier Awards. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear jointly won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award for their performances in the iconic roles of Othello and Iago.★★★★★ 'Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt’ The Daily Telegraph
Adapted by Ben Power, Bijan Sheibani's thrilling production of Shakespeare's classic story brings the greatest love story of all time alive for a new generation.★★★★★ ‘Thrilling, colourful, engaging and fun’ South London Press
Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.★★★★★ ‘Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned’ The Radio Times
This exciting new version is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences: using colour, song and puppetry to tell this magical tale.
Playtexts of all the filmed performances in the National Theatre Collection (except Les Blancs) can be found on Drama Online.
About the National Theatre
At the National Theatre, we make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and we make it for everyone.
We stage up to 20 productions at our three theatres in London each year, ranging from reimagined classics to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The work we make strives to be as inclusive, diverse and accessible as possible, playing in London, on tour across the UK, on Broadway, and around the world. The National Theatre reaches 7 million people worldwide each year through live, broadcast and digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries.
Our extensive UK-wide learning and participation activity supports young people and schools, through theatre-making and craft programmes, and touring directly into schools. We invest at scale in new work and talent development, working with 1,500 artists each year, and partnering with a range of UK and international theatre companies.
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