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UK state-funded schools

The best of British theatre in your classroom. For free.

UK state-funded schools

The National Theatre Collection brings the best of British Theatre to all UK state-funded schools for free. Our unique collection presents high quality recordings of 30 world-class productions, plus a range of tailored learning resources.

Recorded live at the National Theatre and other leading venues, the Collection is available to stream in the classroom, giving students the best seats in the house whenever you want.  Resources such as rehearsal insights and short films will aid students’ understanding of play texts and the theatre-making process and inspire them to experience live performances.

Students in UK state-funded schools can now access the Collection from home during lockdown.

Following the announcement from the UK Government that all UK schools will close from 20 March in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Collection is now available to pupils and teachers at state schools, and state-funded further education colleges, via remote access in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. During this temporary period, schools can share log-in details with pupils so they can access resources at home.

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Productions

Primary

Introduce your pupils to Shakespeare with vibrant adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale for younger audiences. They can also discover the magic of storytelling with adaptations of the classic novels Peter Pan and Treasure Island.

Secondary – English

Explore Shakespeare with productions of Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet ,Twelfth Night, King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre) as well as acclaimed adaptations of literary classics Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and Small Island.

Secondary – Drama and Theatre Studies

Discover a range of theatrical styles, from Greek tragedies including Antigone and Medea, to the American greats of A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Young Vic) and Les Blancs, to European 20th century classics such as Yerma (Young Vic), The Cherry Orchard, The Deep Blue Sea and Translations.

Secondary – Technical Theatre and Production Arts

Compare examples of extraordinary design and theatre-craft through a diverse range of productions and genres, including classic comedies One Man, Two Guvnors, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, and visionary works of new writing, such as Dara, Consent and wonder.land.

FAQs

What is happening to the National Theatre Collection, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic? 
In partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, we are making the NT Collection available to be accessed from home for free by students in UK state-funded schools. Students will be able to watch all 24 productions currently in the NT Collection via Drama Online. They will also be able to access learning resources and short form video content. 

Bloomsbury have also extended their free trial period for UK fee-paying schools or international education institutions until the end of May 2020, to help with the global move to online learning. 

What are teachers in UK state-funded schools now able to do? 
Once they have filled out the online registration form, teachers’ details will be verified and will be provided with username and password details (one per school) which they can share with students for home access. 

I'm a teacher, how do I get more information or sign up for this?  
The link to the registration form here: https://jcsonlineresources.org/national-theatre-collection-registration-form/  

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, so please get in touch with one of your teachers to ask about gaining access. 

What happens if the login is shared beyond teachers and students?  
The NT Collection is strictly only to be accessed by teachers and students at verified schools and institutions. We have, with the support of artists, been able to secure specific rights for educational use. We will be actively monitoring online use of the Collection, and any evidence of logins being shared beyond authorised access will result in the account being blocked and service suspended. 
 
I’m a teacher and having difficulty with the sign-up process. Who can I talk to? 
Please email info@jcsonlineresources.org  

What should I do if I’m a teacher in a UK private school, or international institution? 
The NT Collection is available to UK fee-paying schools and education institutions worldwide via subscription or one-off payment. During this difficult period Bloomsbury are offering an extension to their free trial, which now lasts until the end of May 2020. 

Details of how to sign up to a free trial here: https://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/pages/the-national-theatre-collection 

Is the National Theatre Collection different to National Theatre On Demand In Schools?
Yes. The National Theatre Collection draws 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 are 24 productions currently available, with another 6 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 UK state-funded schools until July 2020. All schools currently signed up to the service will receive an email in January 2020 explaining how to sign up to the NT Schools Collection.

Is the NT Schools Collection a free service?
Yes, the service is free of charge to all state-funded schools in the United Kingdom.

How do I sign up?
You can sign up now via Bloomsbury Publihsing's award-winning digital library Drama Online.

Do I have to belong to an educational organisation to access the NT Collection?
Yes, the NT Collection is available exclusively to educational institutions.

I don't belong to a state-funded school, but I do belong to an educational institution, can I still access the Collection?
Yes, the Collection is available via Bloomsbury or ProQuest. Find out more.

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.