National Theatre – free online performances

Image above: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity featuring Tamsin Greig

The National Theatre has launched a new digital service so people can watch their productions for free on YouTube. While the theatre is closed it is re-running a selection of NT Live productions, recordings of stage shows which have previously be screened in cinemas. The free service started Thursday 2 April with Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors, starring James Corden. Productions are shown every Thursday at 7pm, and are then available to watch for seven days.

  • 16 April: Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • 23 April: Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig

Further productions will be announced in due course, along with screenings of pre-recorded Q&A sessions with writers and performers.

The National Theatre has also added its collection of 30 world-class productions, free to stream at home for UK state-funded teachers and pupils, including Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Medea, Antigone, The Cherry Orchar, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

National Theatre At Home website.