What is the National Theatre Collection?
The National Theatre Collection is an exciting new digital service which will make the very best of British theatre available to students in schools, colleges and universities across the world. Students will be able to experience a range of extraordinary productions from Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to literary adaptations, all made by world-class theatre-makers. The National Theatre will be working in partnership with Bloomsbury and ProQuest to deliver the service, which will be available from 30 September 2019.
Is the NT Collection different to National Theatre On Demand In Schools?
Yes. The NT Collection will draw on ten years of NT Live broadcasts alongside Archive recordings which have never before been seen outside of the National Theatre Archive, allowing us to share a larger and more diverse selection of productions. There will be 19 productions available from September 2019, with another 11 available from March 2020. We intend to continue to grow the collection in the future with additional educational resources and further titles.
What’s happening to National Theatre On Demand in Schools?
National Theatre On Demand In Schools will continue to be available to fee-paying schools in the UK who are already signed-up to the service until the end of March 2020. After that point, you will need to subscribe to the NT Collection via Bloomsbury or ProQuest.
Is the NT Collection free a free service?
No, the service is available as either a subscription or a one-off purchase. Pricing will vary depending on nature and size of your institution. The service is available to schools on a subscription service. For more information please visit either:
How do I sign up?
We will send an email to all schools currently signed up to NT On Demand In Schools, detailing how to subscribe to the NT Collection via either Bloomsbury or ProQuest.
Do I have to belong to an educational organisation to access the NT Collection?
Yes, the NT Collection is available exclusively to educational institutions.
What plays are available on the NT Collection?
The Cherry Orchard
Set at the very start of the twentieth century, Andrew Upton’s new version of Chekhov’s classic captures a poignant moment in Russia's history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917.
Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse production)
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy features an award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role, directed by the Donmar's former Artistic Director Josie Rourke.
The Deep Blue Sea
With Helen McCrory and directed by Carrie Cracknell, Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.
Frankenstein (2 films)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller each play Victor Frankenstein and his creation in these two performances of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production. Written by Mary Shelley and adapted by Nick Dear.
Rory Kinnear delivers an award-winning performance in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre production)
In Nicholas Hytner’s production, Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony.
King Lear (Donmar Warehouse production)
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and directed by Tony Award-winning Michael Grandage.
Written 11 years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage. Directed by Yaël Farber, this theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa features Danny Sapani as Tshembe.
Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version of Dion Boucicault’s classic comedy about life, love and mistaken identity in 19th Century London.
First performed as part of the National Theatre’s series of Shakespeare for younger audiences, Justin Audibert and the Company create a bold contemporary retelling of this dark play.
Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.
One Man, Two Guvnors
Tony Award-winning James Corden plays Francis Henshall in the hilarious West End and Broadway hit. Written by Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play is an update of Goldoni’s classic farce A Servant of Two Masters.
This acclaimed production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, was nominated for Best Revival at the 2013 Olivier Awards. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear jointly won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award for their performances in the iconic roles of Othello and Iago.
Romeo and Juliet
Adapted by Ben Power, Bijan Sheibani's thrilling production of Shakespeare's classic story brings the greatest love story of all time alive for a new generation.
She Stoops to Conquer
One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith's play offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly.
Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
The Winter’s Tale
This exciting new version is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences: using colour, song and puppetry to tell this magical tale.
Yerma (Young Vic production)
Billie Piper won an Olivier Best Actress award for her performance in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.