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Free streaming

National Theatre at Home is our way of sharing our work with you while we all have to stay at home during this extraordinary time. We’re exploring new ways we can do this. Currently that means streaming some of our classic National Theatre Live titles on our YouTube channel for free and unlocking our National Theatre Collection for all state school pupils to access for free at home. This is all alongside re-releasing some of our other behind the scenes videos, recorded talks, and podcasts. We’ll keep updating the National Theatre at home webpage when we have more to announce. We’re working on ways we can share and create more art with you, and keep us all connected.

The plays streaming on YouTube will be available on demand for 7 days after they are released. 

Each title streamed as a part of National Theatre at Home will be subtitled.  We will make the AD pre-show notes available on the Production webpage whenever possible. There will be a separate Audio-descriibed stream for Small Island, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus,  and links to these versions will be available on the show page close to the event.

Audio-described streams were made available for Coriolanus and Twelfth Night.

YouTube provide a selection of controls in the bottom right of the screen, the first of which is a button with the label 'CC' which stands for Closed Captions, or subtitles. This is illustrated in the screen-shot below:

YouTube screengrab showing where to find the Closed Captions button location, which is teh first icon of 4 in teh bottom right hand corner

We are working in collaboration with YouTube to be able to stream this content directly to homes across the world. Most smart TVs have a YouTube app which you can use to watch the plays (find out how) , or you view on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

We’re hoping to announce that more plays will be available in the coming weeks

Running times

During a production's preview performances, an approximate running time will be added to that show's webpage.

Click the What's on link above, select the show you are seeing and the running time will be in the top left of the page.

The majority of productions at the NT have an interval, which usually lasts for 20 minutes. If a production does not have an interval, it will be shown alongside the running time on the show page.

The interval is normally midway through the play.

If you need more specific timings, please contact the box office.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us

 

Current and planned shows

To find out what is currently playing at the National Theatre, please visit What's on

An overview of the play is given on each production's show page. You will also be able to find out more about who has been cast and who is in the production team.

Visit 'What's On' to find out more about what is playing at the NT.

Following government advice about Coronavirus, the National Theatre building is currently closed to the public until 31 August.

Member received priority access to tickets for all NT productions. When we reopen, you will be able to access booking information for new productions via your MyNT profile.

Performance dates and times can be found on the individual show and event pages - just clck on the Dates and buy tickets link, near the top right on each page.

Tickets are released for new productions in one of our booking periods which occur every two to three months. Members are amongst the first to know, or Register and subscribe to the NT News regular email and we'll let you know when each new booking period opens.

 

Not all our productions are extended from one booking period to the next. Look out for the words  'Last performance' on the dates listings for each show, which confirms that there will be no more performances.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us

 

Casting and creatives news

Information about the cast and production team can be found on each production's show page.

Go to What's On to find out more about what is playing at the NT.

Details of the each play's production team, including the director, can be found on the production's show page.

Go to 'What's On' to find out more about what is playing at the NT.

The writer – or adaptor – is named under the title of the production.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us

 

Show suitability

Some of our productions do contain nudity, swearing and/or scenes of a violent or sexual nature and so may not be suitable for younger audiences. For guidance on content and suitability, please contact the box office who can provide specific information.

When promoting a show, we aren’t always able to reveal certain moments or themes without spoiling key plot twists. However, if there are themes that you know may cause you distress and you’d like to know more about the show, you can speak to someone at the National Theatre by contacting the Box Office on 020 7452 3000 or by email.

Lighting effects, smoke effects and gunshots are sometimes used in productions. Details are available from the Box Office after the first Preview.

We always endeavour to ensure that any strobe-like effects are used within limits so as not to affect customers with epilepsy but, if you have any concerns, please contact the Box Office for further details.

We don't publish specific age recommendations for all our productions. For guidance on content and suitability, please call 020 7452 3000.

Children under four are welcome in the foyers, however, they cannot be admitted to the auditoriums.

We don't publish specific age recommendations for all our shows. For guidance on content and suitability, please call 020 7452 3000.

Children under four are welcome in the foyers, however, they cannot be admitted to the auditoriums.

If a show does have a specific age restriction, it will be listed on the individual production page.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us

 

Past shows

Yes, the NT Archive hold recordings of all productions since 1995 including NT Lives. The Archive is open to all by appointment and you can find out more on our Archive page.

Yes, The NT Archive holds material on all National Theatre productions from 1963 right up to present day. The Archive is open to all by appointment and you can find out more on our Archive page.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us