During lockdown, many of us have been turning to the arts for entertainment and inspiration from the comfort of our homes, and thankfully everything from musical performances to stand up comedy sets have been available to tune into online.
The National Theatre has been sharing performances of popular plays, as part of its National Theatre at Home series on YouTube, and we now know the next five productions which will be available to view.
Titles recently added to the programme include A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Bridge Theatre, alongside Small Island, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus from the National Theatre. The productions will be broadcast online each Thursday at 7pm for free and will then be available on demand for seven days.
The 2019 epic theatre adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island will be streamed on 18 June. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK through three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. The production coincides with Windrush Day on the 22 June.
On 25 June the National Theatre will stream A Midsummer Night's Dream captured live from the Bridge Theatre in 2019.
The 2016 archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama Les Blancs, will be streamed on 2 July. This powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution when a family and a post-colonial African nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity.
Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production The Deep Blue Sea, will be streamed on 9 July. It tells the story of a woman’s tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge.
The 2016 National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, will be streamed on 16 July. This iconic drama, which first appeared on the National Theatre stage in 1979 and was later turned into an Oscar winning film, follows rowdy young musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Watch the production's on NT's YouTube HERE.
Each title will also feature additional content alongside the production available on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel for audiences to engage further with the work. For Small Island and Les Blancs, Ola Animashawun will be curating content that explores these plays in the context of the current global conversation around race and their potential to provide meaningful and timely contributions to that discourse.
As if all that wasn't exciting enough, the final National Theatre at Home Quiz will be available from 7pm on Monday 29 June with Ben Power, Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale, Tamsin Greig, Julie Walters, Adrian Lester and Meera Syal posing the questions on topics including the Lehman Brothers, entertainment, and general knowledge. The Quiz is available via the NT’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Productions shown as part of National Theatre at Home are available to watch for free but viewers who wish to make a donation can do so here.
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