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About NT Live

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and around the world.

For more information, please visit the NT Live website.

Selected performances from the NT Live archive are now being screened. To find out what's being shown at cinemas through NT Live, visit the NT Live website.

We only offer the broadcasts through the screenings in partner venues for a limited time-frame. We are passionate about preserving the live, communal experience and the sense of event through these big screen exhibitions. We may may consider a further offer of these productions in the future, by way of DVD or online download, but have no immediate plans to do so.

Yes, we aim to repeat NT Live screenings (known as encore screenings) in participating cinemas when possible. Please visit the NT Live website for more information.

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Going to an NT Live performance

To see an NT Live production at a cinema, please visit the NT Live venues page to find your local cinema.

Please see the production performance dates to see which performance is NT Live. You can buy tickets to see this performance via the website.

If the production usually contains an interval when performed at the theatre, this will be included in the broadcast. Some cinemas may screen a pre-recorded interview or featurette during the interval; please contact the participating venue for more information.

Performances sometimes contain material unsuitable for younger audiences. Children under 4 cannot be admitted to performances at the National Theatre but apart from that we seldom apply a strict age restriction or age “certification system” for live performances at our venues. However, the rules for cinema broadcasts are different, and screenings of some productions may require age restrictions for reasons of licensing and content. Participating cinemas may also have age restrictions of their own; we advise checking with the venue for more information.

At NT Live performances, the best views are reserved for the cameras. This means that some seats that normally have excellent views can have restricted sightlines due to the positioning of cameras and other equipment in the auditorium seating area and/or on stage. As camera positions are different for each production we cannot advise on the nature or severity of the view restriction from any particular seat, so we advise audience members to expect some level of view restriction when attending these performances, and this is reflected in the ticket prices.

NT Live performances may also differ from an ordinary performance of the production in other ways. For example, some scenes may be re-staged to allow for optimal camera angles, the lighting may be adjusted to better suit the broadcast, and camera personnel may be visible on stage during the performance. Audience members are also advised that some camera angles may include them in shot, and that by attending an NT Live performance they consent to being included in the broadcast in this way.

NT Live performances usually begin at 7.00pm although times may vary. We advise checking with the box office or the participating cinema venue. Encore screenings may also begin at different times, so please check with the venue for more information.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us