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National Theatre Live & Digital

National Theatre Live & Digital

The National Theatre has always been at the forefront of educational digital innovation. We were among the first arts organisations to create online digital learning resources, and have continued to innovate, in partnership with a wide range of providers from iTunesU to Google to BBC Learning to specialist education networks. We have a wealth of digital content on offer across a wide range of channels, and an excellent network with partners for both the creation and distribution of content.  

National Theatre Live

In 2009, the National became the first theatre in the world to film a live performance in high definition and broadcast it via satellite on cinema screens around the world. Today National Theatre Live has broadcast over 40 productions to over 4 million people in over 50 countries. Since the second National Theatre Live season, partnerships have been formed with other leading theatre companies to present a programme of the best of British theatre including King Lear, with Derek Jacobi, from the Donmar Warehouse in London, the West End production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren, from the Gielgud Theatre, Mark Strong in the Young Vic’s production of A View from the Bridge and Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican.  

National Theatre Live is building a global community for the NT, giving audiences throughout the world an unprecedented opportunity to engage and interact with our work. 

Digital Innovation

The National Theatre strives to be at the forefront of innovations and we have therefore embraced the opportunities that advancements in digital media bring. The NT’s Digital Department works closely with our Learning programme to deliver creative content for learning and engagement, including interactive whiteboard resources for the classroom. The National's Digital Classroom is available to everyone who wishes to access the NT's iTunesU platform and podcasts of NT Platforms and a substantial video library of short films exploring specific NT productions and the specialist skills needed to make theatre. 

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