National Theatre at Home

IMG_0250Although we normally talk about books on this site, I know many of my blogging friends are also theatregoers. I’m wondering therefore if you have seen the announcement that the National Theatre are going to make some of their productions available on YouTube over the next couple of months under the title National Theatre at Home. Each Thursday, starting from the first Thursday in April, at 7 pm they will release one of their past NT live shows. This will then be available to watch, free, for the next week. The first of these performances is One Man, Two Guvnors and it will be followed by Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.  They plan to continue this through May, but haven’t yet announced what the future plays will be. Personally I’m hoping for Othello, Timon of Athens and Simon Russell Beale’s King Lear.

You can find out more on the National Theatre website or by checking in to YouTube.

The Bears and I are planning for a regular Saturday afternoon matinee!

23 thoughts on “National Theatre at Home

  1. A Life in Books March 27, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    This is such a good idea. I’m sure it will help many people through a difficult time and, perhaps, introduce a few people to the joys of the theatre. Virtual museum tours are also on offer


    • Café Society March 27, 2020 / 3:00 pm

      I’ve also just discovered that the RSC are joining forces with the BBC to show six of their most recent productions, Susan. No dates as yet. Check out the RSC website.

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  2. BookerTalk March 27, 2020 / 4:46 pm

    I thought the Globe was doing something similar but I can’t find any mention of it on their site. Did I dream it??


    • Café Society March 27, 2020 / 4:52 pm

      The RSC are, Karen, But I haven’t heard anything about The Globe. They do have a website where you can rent their productions to watch, but they’re actually quite pricey. Maybe they’ll be forced into a position where they have to change their stance on that.


      • BookerTalk March 28, 2020 / 6:22 pm

        A lot of theatres are going to be challenged to do things differently in the future I suspect


  3. Julia's books March 27, 2020 / 4:51 pm

    This will be great! I’m also planning to do a few museum virtual tours.


    • Café Society March 27, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      If you like music Julia, have you checked out the Wigmore Hall site? They have some wonderful concerts available on there.


    • Café Society March 27, 2020 / 7:14 pm

      I’ve just been watching an emailed video from Greg Doran at the RSC and they are going to link with the BBC to show six of their productions. No dates available as yet. They’ve also linked with a company called Marquee TV where many more of the recent shows are available, but for a subscription. I don’t think it’s very expensive. The last time I looked I think it was about £5 a month.

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    • Café Society March 27, 2020 / 8:22 pm

      I can see us ‘going’ to the theatre twice a week at this rate. I could never manage that during normal times!

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  4. FictionFan March 29, 2020 / 12:49 am

    Oh, this is great news! Thanks for highlighting it – I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise since I’m very bad at keeping up to date with what’s going on in theatre world. I shall book myself the best seat in the house and put the wine to chill for the interval… 😀


    • Café Society March 29, 2020 / 8:32 am

      We’ll be sitting together then FF (virtually at least). I’ll look out for you.

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  5. Alyson Woodhouse March 30, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    Virtual theatre is such a strange concept when we think about it, but in these times, it’s a great idea, and a good way to allow people to continue enjoying theatre, just in a different format. I’ll certainly be checking out some of the RSC productions when they become available, as I have a feeling my anual visit to Stratford won’t be happening this year.


    • Café Society March 30, 2020 / 2:48 pm

      Have you come across Marquee TV, Alison? They have a lot of RSC productions available on line for a very reasonable subscription.


  6. Jeanne March 30, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    This could be my chance to see the Othello I’ve read so much about!


    • Café Society March 30, 2020 / 2:49 pm

      I am so hoping they show that, Jeanne. It was simply magnificent.


  7. Jenny @ Reading the End March 31, 2020 / 1:13 am

    Oh I did NOT know about this, but how brilliant! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for these — when I’m able, I like to go out and see the National Theatre shows broadcast in cinemas here. Excellent, excellent, excellent, thank you so much for posting about this!


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