Ahead of National Theatre at Home’s one year anniversary on 1 December, the National Theatre has today announced the next filmed productions to be added to the streaming service, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Joining the platform today is Simon Godwin’s critically acclaimed 2018 production of Antony & Cleopatra in the Olivier theatre, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo playing Shakespeare’s famous fated couple. Then the iconic and multi-award-winning production of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, will be available from 1 December until 31 January 2022 on demand internationally for the first time since its premiere 14 years ago. It will be available with British Sign Language, audio description and captions.
Coming soon to the platform will be the recent Birmingham Rep co-production of East is East in the Lyttelton theatre following the much-loved film; Yaël Farber’s 2017 play Salomé; Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall and 50 Years on Stage – a filmed on-stage celebration of 50 years of the NT from 2013 which features Britain’s greatest actors including Dame Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Simon Russell Beale, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Lester among many more.
Over the last year, new productions have been added each month and there are now 41 productions available to stream on the platform, including newly filmed shows from the NT’s stages and classics from the archives. It has been nearly a year since the platform launched and, in that time, National Theatre at Home has been streamed in 130 countries for over 17 million minutes and gifted 7,300 times.
Available to watch online anywhere in the world at any time, all productions are available with captions and 23 have audio description.
Emma Keith, Director of Digital Media for the National Theatre, said: “We are delighted and proud to be celebrating a whole year of our on-demand international streaming platform National Theatre at Home. It has been an honour to provide audiences with some of these much-loved titles from National Theatre Live and our Archive and to see the audience responses. We’ve heard from audiences who are sharing the experience with loved ones in separate homes or countries, or those who have gathered together in person. Some audiences returning to a forgotten favourite they watched live or in the cinema, some discovering productions afresh. In a year we have managed to make over 41 productions available and look forward to working with our creative teams, co-producers and casts to keep building the library even further. There are lots of exciting titles still to come this Christmas and into the new year!”
Jemma Read, Global Head of Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomberg L.P, said: “At Bloomberg, we believe in the power of art and performance to inspire creativity and spark collaboration. We’re immensely proud that through our partnership with the NT on National Theatre at Home, communities across the globe are able to access world-leading productions and can deepen their engagement through the National Theatre guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.”
National Theatre at Home is available now at ntathome.com, with single titles available from £5.99 – £8.99, a monthly subscription for £9.99 or a yearly subscription for £99.99.
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