National Theatre Collection
The best of British Theatre is now available to stream for schools, universities, and the wider education sector. Free for all UK state schools (primary and secondary) and FE colleges.
It is now an irreplaceable part of our curriculum. Thank you so much for it.
More theatre magic in the classroom
The National Theatre Collection is now bigger and better than ever, with brand new captivating plays just launched on the platform to inspire learning within the classroom, and now in UK public libraries.
Ten new titles are now available on the Secondary Collection, including curriculum classics Othello and As You Like It, world-class new writing Romeo and Julie and Dixon and Daughters, and a specially adapted version of Hamlet for primary-aged pupils. In partnership with the Unicorn Theatre, bright and imaginative new productions are available for primary students, including Greek myths and adaptations of Grimm Tales.
Teachers and students will be able to access learning resources, which include short films, synopses, key learnings and rehearsal diaries, enriching the experience of the plays in the classroom.
Free for UK state secondary schools & FE colleges
NT Collection title: Peter Pan
Directed by Sally Cookson, devised by the Company, based on the works of JM Barrie
National Theatre & Bristol Old Vic co-production, 2016
Photograph by Steve Tanner
The National Theatre Collection is available to stream in the classroom and at home, offering the best seats in the house whenever you want. Now home to 70 high quality filmed theatre productions from the National Theatre and other leading venues.
You will also be able to access resources, such as rehearsal notes and short films. These can help students to understand the plays and the theatre-making process. 88% of UK state secondary schools are already signed up.
Free for UK state primary schools
Our new bespoke offering for primary schools features 13 age-appropriate productions. Bringing stories to life on stage, they introduce younger children to the magic and spectacle of theatre.
Our tailored learning resources also support creative learning across the curriculum.
Fee-paying schools & international
NT Collection title: Angels in America
by Tony Kushner, directed by Marianne Elliott
National Theatre, 2017
Photo by Helen Maybanks
The National Theatre Collection is available to UK fee-paying schools and worldwide educational institutions as a resource from Bloomsbury on their award-winning platform, Drama Online. It is also available from renowned EdTech leader, ProQuest on their digital library Alexander Street Press.
The National Theatre Collection is available as two modules, which can be purchased separately or as a full package. There are 30 productions in the first Collection, and 20 in the second. A full breakdown of the different modules are found via the links to Bloomsbury and ProQuest.
Purchasing the Collection is available in two models: a one-time payment or an annual subscription.
Free for UK public libraries
NT Collection title: The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov (adapted by David Hare), directed by Michael Oakley
National Theatre, 2016
Photo by Johan Persson
Following a successful pilot with Wolverhampton Central Library and Peterborough Central Library, the National Theatre Collection is now also available to access for free in local public libraries across the UK to library members, making it easier than ever to watch theatre.
Productions for primary schools
National Theatre titles
Shakespeare for younger audiences: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale
Literary adaptations: Jane Eyre*, Peter Pan and Treasure Island (pictured, by Johan Persson)
NT Let’s Play Programme: Story Seekers
Musicals: Hex*, I Want My Hat Back and wonder.land*
*Hex, Jane Eyre and wonder.land contain content that may be inappropriate for young ages. However, they have been used successfully by Year 6 teachers and are included here for those who wish to use it. Content warnings are provided where applicable.
Unicorn Theatre titles
Anansi the Spider Re-Spun
Greek Myths Unplugged: Ariadne on the Beach, Jessie and the Jellybeans and Narcissus
Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales: Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin
Productions for secondary schools: English
Shakespeare: As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet, Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night
Literary adaptations: The Book of Dust, Everyman, Frankenstein, Jack Absolute Flies Again, Jane Eyre, Phaedra, Small Island (pictured, by Johan Persson), Under Milk Wood, The Wife of Willesden (Kiln Theatre) and Wuthering Heights
20th century classics: A View from the Bridge (Young Vic), All My Sons (Old Vic), Les Blancs and Translations
New writing: Consent, Hex, Dixon & Daughters, Our Generation and Shut Up, I’m Dreaming (The PappyShow)
Productions for secondary school: Drama & Theatre Studies
Greek tragedy: Antigone and Medea
American classics: A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic), Angels in America, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Young Vic) and Les Blancs
20th century classics: The Deep Blue Sea, Top Girls (pictured, by Johan Persson) and Trouble in Mind
European classics reimagined: The Cherry Orchard, Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters, The Threepenny Opera and Yerma (Young Vic)
Contemporary plays: Barber Shop Chronicles, Chewing Gum Dreams, The Great Wave, Julie, Rockets and Blue Lights and Romeo & Julie
Verbatim theatre: Home
Productions for Technical Theatre & Production Arts
Greek tragedy: Paradise
Classic comedies: One Man, Two Guvnors, She Stoops to Conquer & London Assurance
New writing: This House, Dara, After Life & wonder.land (pictured, by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)
Is the NT Collection available to watch from home?
In partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, the NT Collection is available from home, for free, by students in UK state-funded schools. Students will be able to watch all 70 productions via Drama Online. They will also be able to access learning resources and short form video content.
I’m a student, how do I get more information or sign up for this?
The registration form must be filled out by a member of staff at your school. Please get in touch with one of your teachers to ask about gaining access.
Lead philanthropic support from Richard and Kara Gnodde.
NT Collection is made possible in primary schools by the Hearn Foundation, as the Principal Funder of the Primary Schools programme. NT Collection is also supported by The Attwood Education Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Mike Staunton, The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, The Oakley Charitable Trust, and The Eyre Family Foundation. New York City Public Schools access is generously supported by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people. Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim & Sarah Bunting, MFPA Trust Fund for the Training of Disabled Children in the Arts, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust and The Andor Charitable Trust.
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