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National Theatre Collection

Medea 2014: Helen McCrory as Medea

National Theatre Collection

The new National Theatre Collection draws on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT's Archive. The Collection will feature a total of thirty productions including those from the National Theatre, as well as the Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and Bridge Theatre. The National Theatre Collection will make the best of British theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector.

The National Theatre Collection is available through Bloomsbury’s award-winning digital library Drama Online and as a stand-alone resource from renowned EdTech leader ProQuest. ProQuest will also integrate the collection in its popular Theatre and Drama Premium. It will transform the current landscape of theatre studies and digital learning by connecting students, researchers and teachers across the globe to world-class productions, archive materials and learning resources. 

The National Theatre Collection launches with 19 titles and will grow to 30 titles by March 2020. It features a wide range of works regularly studied at secondary / high school and degree level. 

The National Theatre Collection is available via two models: a one-time payment for the full collection, or via an annual subscription. 
UK state-funded schools will be able to access the productions for free through the National Theatre Schools Collection, on Bloomsbury's Drama Online, from January 2020. Until the National Theatre Schools Collection launches in January 2020, UK state-funded schools can access a selection of recordings and resources for free through National Theatre: On Demand In Schools - find out more here.

Unique in its scope, the collection encompasses:

  • Greek classics such as Medea by Euripides, in a contemporary adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell with Helen McCrory in the title role
  • Vibrant modern stagings of Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin, with Tamsin Greig in the role of ‘Malvolia’ and Coriolanus directed by Josie Rourke with Tom Hiddleston in the title role
  • 20th century classics such as Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs, directed by Yaël Farber, and the Young Vic’s production of Lorca’s Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone with Billie Piper in the title role
  • Literary adaptations, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
  • Comedies such as She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly, and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and featuring James Corden's Tony Award-winning performance

For more information and details of how to access the National Theatre Collection, please visit:
Drama Online
Click here if you are a UK state-funded school
Click here if you are from a UK fee-paying school, or other educational institution

The National Theatre Collection is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Fondation Hoffmann, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, The Cranshaw Corporation for Mrs. Robert I. MacDonald and The Attwood Education Foundation.

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