In an effort to keep us all entertained throughout this tough period in our lives, the National Theatre have stepped up and are now offering us some incredible productions FREE. A number of productions previously screened in cinemas as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch via the Theatre’s YouTube channel.

The first broadcast as part of NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME was Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden.

Each production will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7.00pm, it will then be available on demand for seven days.

But right now, you have a real treat but only for a very limited time. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with the brilliant Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Anderson (All About EveThe X-FilesThe FallSex Education) plays Blanche DuBois with Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (JulieThe CrownMission Impossible) as Stella.

As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. 

This critically acclaimed production was filmed live on stage at the Young Vic in 2014 by National Theatre Live. Just so you’re aware a BBFC rating 15 was given when it was released in cinemas. The show contains scenes featuring sexual violence and domestic abuse.

You can watch A Streetcar Named Desire from Thursday 21st May 7pm on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, then on demand for one week until Thursday 28 May 7pm, but you’ll need to start watching by 3.30pm UK time on 28th May to ensure you see it all. It has a running time of 3 hours and 25 minutes, with a very short interval. Just go below to watch it here or to get the link.

If you’d like to make a donation to the National Theatre, or your local theatre. If you’d like to support them, you can donate here: THEATRE or text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10.

Alongside the streamed productions, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME will also feature accompanying interactive content such as Q&As with cast and creative teams and post-stream talks, with further details of this programme to be announced.

For more on NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME go to NATIONAL

Following the UK schools’ closures, pupils now studying at home will be able to access the National Theatre Collection remotely. The Collection includes high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, drawing from 10 years of NT Live broadcasts and never-before-released productions from the National Theatre’s Archive.

It’s available now for free to pupils and teachers at state schools and state-funded further education colleges, through remote access provided in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. Schools will be able to share log-in details with pupils to access the National Theatre Collection at home during this period.

Teachers can sign up now to National Theatre Collection on Bloomsbury’s Drama Online Platform right here TEACHERS

The National Theatre is currently closed to audiences and performances won’t resume before July. In coming weeks, there will be more opportunities for audiences to engage with the NT through its National Theatre at Home programme – further details to be announced.

With a heartfelt message to “Stay at home and support the NHS so they can bring your loved ones home”, musical theatre supergroup The Barricade Boys have joined forces with some former cast members of Les Misérables (Alfie Boe, Ramin Karimloo, John Owen-Jones, David Shannon, Alistair Brammer, Fra Fee, Rob Houchen) to put together a stunning rendition of “Bring Him Home”, released today and recorded in their own homes.

Featuring fabulous harmonies and incredible vocals, The Barricade Boys showcase the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical – Les Misérables. Founded in 2016 by Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield, The Barricade Boys have played nearly every major role in musical theatre from The Phantom of The Opera to Jersey Boys, and of course Les Misérables. This project features Barricade Boys Scott Garnham, Simon Schofield, Kieran Brown, Lee Honey-Jones and Alistair Barron.

Scott Garnham is tyhe founder of The Barricade Boys, he said……

“Music has this incredible power to make people stop and listen. “Bring Him Home” will resonate with so many people – it’s a trying and scary time for everyone but we still have a lot to be grateful for, in particular, our incredible NHS. This is just a very small way of saying thank you.”

After sell-out performances in London’s West End and on Broadway, The Barricade Boys have rightfully secured their place as the world’s leading musical theatre super group. The Barricade Boys have played nearly every major role in musical theatre from The Phantom of The Opera, Wicked and Billy Elliot to Jersey Boys, The Sound Of Music and of course Les Misérables.

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