The National Theatre launches streaming platform

With an unparalleled collection of classics at its fingertips, NT at Home will bring armchair viewers the best of the National Theatre in the comfort of their own homes. Peter Gray reports.

The National Theatre’s new streaming platform, NT at Home, could not have arrived at a better time. With the UK still very much in the grips of the pandemic, and with the nation’s cultural life at a standstill, the platform is certainly timely.

12 productions are available at launch, with the highlights including the National Theatre’s 2016 production of Amadeus starring Lucian Msamati, the Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, and Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear’s acclaimed version of Othello from 2013.

The platform is available now and can be consumed online, on a smart TV, or on a tablet and/or mobile app. Prices begin at 5.99 for a single 72 hour rental, with a monthly pass for £9.98 or a yearly one for £99.98. 

The National Theatre’s new streaming platform builds on the institution’s popular You Tube programme of the same name. From April to July 2020, the theatre beamed a sum total of 16 world class productions into millions of homes around the world. The initiative was resoundingly successful, too, with over 9 million households in 173 countries using the service –  a total of 15 million views.  

Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre, said: “We were overjoyed to have had 15 million views for National Theatre at Home earlier this year and to discover we had reached so many audiences new to theatre both in the UK and
worldwide. At a time when many people were isolated at home, it was uplifting to see audiences recreate the shared experience of visiting the theatre. From homemade tickets to interval drinks, NT at Home was a way of making people feel more connected. And so, since
the last stream finished in July, we have been determined to find a way to give our audiences access to these stunning filmed productions online once again. With the agreement from artists, we are now able to showcase an extraordinary range of fantastic NT Live
productions and, for the first time, some treasured plays from our NT Archive. This is a really exciting day for the National Theatre as we launch a major, online streaming destination for our filmed theatre productions which we hope will continue to provide audiences with the power and joy of theatre for as long as it is needed. We want National Theatre at Home to once again bring people together from all over the world after what has been a very tough 2020 for so many.”

The full list of productions on NT at Home are:

  •  Amadeus (2016)
  •  Coriolanus (2013)
  • Medea (2014)
  • Othello (2013)
  • Phédre (2009)
  • The Cherry Orchard (2011)
  • Yerma (2017)
  • Dara (2015)
  • I Want My Hat Back (2015)
  • Mosquitoes (2017)
  • Three Sisters (2019)

More information about the National Theatre at Home can be found here.

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