National Theatre Live

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National Theatre Live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London, which broadcasts live via satellite, performances of their productions (and from other theatres) to cinemas and arts centres around the world.

About[edit]

I grew up in Manchester in the 60s. If I had been able to see Olivier's National Theatre at my local cinema, I would have gone all of the time.

Nicholas Hytner, director of the Royal National Theatre.[1]

The programme began its pilot season in June 2009 with a production of Phèdre, starring Helen Mirren, which screened live in 70 cinemas across the UK. Two hundred more venues eventually showed the production internationally, resulting in a combined audience of around 50,000 people for this one performance.[2] The second production, All's Well That Ends Well, showed at a total of around 300 screens,[3] and today, the number of venues that show NT Live productions has grown to around 700.[4]

With the exception of a Saturday matinee for Nation, a Monday evening showing for London Assurance, and a Tuesday evening showing for A Streetcar Named Desire, all National Theatre Live productions have been broadcast on a Thursday evening, to avoid conflicting with cinemas' weekend schedules. Most venues screen the productions live as they are broadcast, but because of the time differences in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States venues in those countries show the recorded production some days later. Many venues also offer repeat screenings of popular productions which they term 'Encores'.

Most productions broadcast are plays performed in repertory at the Royal National Theatre, but works by other companies have been included. A Disappearing Number by Complicite was broadcast live from the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 14 October 2010. The Donmar Warehouse's production of King Lear, starring Derek Jacobi was broadcast live from Covent Garden on 3 February 2011. In the summer of 2013, a broadcast of Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston was broadcast live from the Manchester International Festival on 20 July 2013. A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson was broadcast live from the Young Vic on 16 September 2014.

Live broadcasts[edit]

Live performances are broadcast live from the National Theatre (unless noted). They are certified differently from feature films.

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Season 4[edit]

Season 5[edit]

Season 6[edit]

Season 7[edit]

Season 8[edit]

Season 9[edit]

Season 10[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Theatre Live What is it? How does it work?". National Theatre Live. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Previous production: Phèdre". Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Last of the Haussmans". National Theatre Live. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Timon of Athens". National Theatre Live. Archived from the original on 13 June 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "The Magistrate". National Theatre Live. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "National Theatre -". www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Othello". National Theatre Live. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "King Lear – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "A Small Family Business – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Skylight – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "Medea – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "A Streetcar Named Desire – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "JOHN". National Theatre Live. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Behind the Beautiful Forevers". National Theatre Live. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Hard Problem – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  18. ^ "Everyman". National Theatre Live. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "Young Marx – The Bridge Theatre". bridgetheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "NT Live on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Julie – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  23. ^ "King Lear – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  24. ^ "The Madness of George III – National Theatre Live". ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 

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