National Theatre Live
The National Theatre in London is renowned for its quintessentially British stage productions. Through its live screening platform, National Theatre Live, the institution brings these productions to audiences around the globe, including South Africa. National Theatre Live screenings usually take place at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and at the Market Laboratory in Newtown, Johannesburg. However, due to the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus, all National Theatre Live productions have been temporarily halted.
However, like many arts organisations faced with closures due to COVID-19 regulations, the National Theatre has debuted a new sharing platform to keep their audiences connected and entertained during this difficult period. Cue National Theatre at Home! Each Thursday evening in April, the National Theatre will be uploading one of their most popular live screenings to their YouTube channel. Here you can watch full length plays, free of charge. Each play will remain open for viewing for seven days, until the following Thursday’s premiere.
The National Theatre will present three of its best loved live screenings over the next few weeks. A classic tale of a women’s struggle for independence, a dashing pirate fantasy and one of Shakespeare’s finest tales retold from a modern perspective. Here is the official lineup for the National Theatre at Home streaming series:
This bold and innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms.
Streaming from 19:00 UK time on Thursday, 9 April 2020. Available until 16 April 2020.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling stage adaptation, featuring Arthur Darvillas Long John Silver.
Streaming from 19:00 UK time on Thursday, 16 April 2020. Available until 23 April 2020.
Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia.
Streaming from 19:00 UK time on Thursday, 23 April 2020. Available until 30 April 2020.