• A selection of much-loved National Theatre Live productions to be made available to watch on YouTube for free over the next two months
  • The National Theatre Collection – an online resource for schools, universities, libraries and the wider education sector – now available to access at home during school closure period

NT Collection images available to download HERE

NT Live images available to download HERE

During this unprecedented time which has seen the closure of theatres, cinemas and schools, the National Theatre today announces new initiative NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME providing access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube, and students and teachers have access to the National Theatre Collection at home, delivered in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing.

From Thursday 2 April, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. The first production to be broadcast as part of NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME will be 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 GMT, it will then be available on demand for seven days. 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.

Working closely with YouTube, other productions streamed as part of NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME include Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre on the 9th April, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island on 16th April, and Twelfth Night on the 23 April featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with further titles to be announced.

Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive said: 

“Our ambition at the National Theatre is to create work which is challenging, entertaining and inspiring and we’re committed to continuing that through these difficult times. I’m thrilled that we’re able to fulfil this ambition in a different way through our collaboration with YouTube. I am exceptionally proud of the team at the National Theatre for working so hard to create NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME and also to the rights holders who have been so supportive of this new initiative allowing us to bring theatre to households right across the world. We have delved into the National Theatre Live archive and curated a programme that’s varied from comedy to new dramas to classics so there is something for everyone to enjoy from their own homes. We will be streaming each production at the same time each week in order to recreate, where possible, the communal viewing experience and we hope this will be an opportunity for people to share their enjoyment together online.”

Christina Matteotti, Head of Music and Culture Partnerships, EMEA said:  “During this incredibly difficult time, we are so glad that institutions like the National Theatre are using the platform to share treasured cultural content with the UK and global communities who are facing self-isolation. Bringing the comedic delight of One Man Two Guvnors, the magic of shows like Twelfth Night, the mystery of Jane Eyre, and the adventure of Treasure Island to YouTube will be a ray of light during a very difficult time. Technology can bring the cultural and creative world inside your home. We look forward to seeing how NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME on YouTube delights the community and provides a chance to continue to learn.”

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.

Bloomsbury Publishing has also extended the free trial period for other academic institutions including universities, libraries and independent schools until the end of May 2020 to continue to support the educational community across the globe.

The recordings of productions are accompanied by learning resources that explore the craft behind the best of British theatre. Available productions include Shakespeare set texts (Othello), 20th Century classics (The Cherry Orchard) and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale created specifically for younger audiences.

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said: “Given the unprecedented challenges we are all currently facing across the globe, we want to ensure that pupils, teachers and academic institutions are supported during this time and can continue to have access to a range of learning resources during the school closure period. The National Theatre Collection is an invaluable resource and, with thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, we are able to open up access to pupils and teachers across the UK and ensure young people will be able to continue to explore world-class productions and all aspects of theatre-making”.

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

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.

The National Theatre – like theatres around the world – is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus.  We are launching at NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME free of charge. Should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, we have launched a public appeal on our home page:


NSDF 20 Festival goes Online

NSDF 20 Festival goes Online

ICONIC long running National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) has relaunched as a virtual Festival for 2020 with the support of a string of star artists and speakers including Emma Rice.

Organisers of the Festival which was due to take place at Curve in Leicester from 4-10 April will now go ahead in an exciting new format and be available to thousands online, reaching a far wider audience than the original Festival would have, and all available for free.

NSDF Director James Phillips said: “The virus meant we had to cancel on Monday 16th March but two days later we managed to relaunch with a huge amount of the Festival’s original content incorporated into the new event.”

“We also have a host of new artists including Emma Rice, Mark Ravenhill, Laura Wade and April De Angelis. The support we have received has been overwhelming.”

The new Festival, which will occupy the same programmed dates of 4-10 April, will include more than 35 online workshops and masterclasses, bespoke mentoring sessions for young artists with leading industry professionals, discussion panels and a huge evening Quiz.

James Phillips added: “We want to do something that is useful and kind and helps connect people in these very difficult times.” 

“It’s been moving and inspiring to be contacted by so many people who want to be part of our new Festival, and to have the support of partners like Slung Low, Paines Plough and Curve makes a new way of working possible.” 

It will be offered in partnership with Leeds based theatre company Slung Low, who offered NSDF the money they would have donated as a prize for one of the Festival Awards ‘The Holbeck Cup’ that is named after Slung Low’s venue The Holbeck, which is the oldest social club in Britain.

Slung Low Artistic Director Alan Lane praised NSDF as one of the most important supporters of young talent in British theatre:

“NSDF is too often an unsung supporter of young and emerging talent in British theatre. That it can carry on in these bewildering and challenging times is a real tribute to the determination and creativity of the festival management.”

“We were over the moon to be able to offer whatever help we can to ensure NSDF reaches as many people as it possibly can. It’s never been more useful. We’re very proud at Slung Low to be a part of it.”

Alongside Slung Low and Curve NSDF is collaborating with another original Festival partner, Paines Plough. NSDF and Paines Plough will be running a special online night of their COME TO WHERE I’M FROM national project, with young people writing and performing mini plays about their home towns.

Further financial support for the online Festival has been donated by Create Balance.

BalletBoyz to present Deluxe for BBC Four TV premiere and online screening to launch Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres series

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BalletBoyz’ new dance show Deluxe will air on BBC Four for the BBC Culture in Quarantine festival and the production will also be available to view online from Friday 27 March at 7.30pm to launch Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres. Following Government advice on Monday 16 March and to protect the safety of audiences, artists and workforce, BalletBoyz cancelled the remaining performances of its 20th anniversary UK Spring Tour but is now able to share the production with audiences watching from home. Deluxe will have its TV premiere on BBC Four and will be available on iPlayer – further details to be announced in due course. Co-producers Sadler’s Wells, where the live show was due to be performed in London this week, will also host Deluxe on its Facebook page this Friday at 7.30pm as the first video of the new Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres series where it will be available to watch for one week only. 

Deluxe features three new works choreographed by an all-female team: Ripple, the UK debut of renowned shanghai-based choreographer Xie Xin with music by electronic composer Jiang ShaofengBradley 4:18 by Punchdrunk choreographer Maxine Doyle in a collaboration with Mercury Prize-nominated jazz musician Cassie Kinoshi and inspired by the Kate Tempest track Pictures On A Screen; plus The Intro, a short opening film by emerging choreographer Sarah Golding set to music by SEED Ensemble.

BalletBoyz was founded in 2000 by Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Deluxe is the company’s 20th anniversary production and is performed by the current BalletBoyz company which includes Joseph Barton, Benjamin Knapper, Harry Price, Liam Riddick, Matthew Sandiford and Will Thompson plus apprentice Dan Baines.

In addition to Deluxe, BalletBoyz will be sharing further video content online in the coming weeks including excerpts from their past shows, films and documentaries, behind the scenes in rehearsals, plus brand new material on

Choreographed by Xie Xin
Music by Jiang Shaofeng

Ripple marks the UK debut of Chinese choreographer Xie Xin choreographed to a highly detailed electronic score by composer, lauded tap dancer and her long-time collaborator Jiang Shaofeng. The piece explores movement inspired by the memory of a person and the flow of energy that such memories and feelings possess. Beautifully fluid and lyrical, it sees the BalletBoyz company express new styles in contrast to their familiar athletic and strength-oriented work.

Choreographed by Maxine Doyle
Music by Cassie Kinoshi

Bradley 4:18, choreographed by Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle, is inspired by the lyrics and story of spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s Pictures on a Screen, about Bradley, a seemingly successful young man struggling to connect with the world around him. It is set to a score by Mercury Award nominated and Ivors Academy Award winning London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi. Composed in parallel with the choreographic creation, it is a highly atmospheric, filmic score with a modern jazz flavour. Bradley 4:18 presents the six BalletBoyz dancers as different iterations of the character Bradley and how he might act at 4:18 in the morning.

Choreographed by Sara Golding
Music by Seed Ensemble

Ahead of the double-bill, Deluxe begins with a short film introducing the BalletBoyz in a new work choreographed by dancer and emerging choreographer Sarah Golding and set to Seed Ensemble track The Darkies as featured on their Mercury Prize-nominated album Driftglass. The piece introduces the audience to the dancers’ and offers a look into their individual personalities and characters, and giving a flavour of the performances to come.

Olivier Awards to celebrate Greatest Moments in special TV and radio programmes

Olivier Awards to celebrate Greatest Moments in special TV and radio programmes

ITV will broadcast a special Olivier Awards with Mastercard programme on Sunday 5 April at 10:15pm, in place of the 2020 Royal Albert Hall awards show which was cancelled due to coronavirus.

Hosted by Jason Manford, the hour-long ‘Olivier Awards – Greatest Moments’ programme will look back at Olivier Awards ceremonies over the past ten years, with archive footage of performances and speeches, and a celebration of some of the many Olivier Award-winning productions – including Dreamgirls, Hamilton, The Book Of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King and the RSC’s Matilda The Musical.

Official radio partner Magic Radio will broadcast a special programme from 6pm to 8pm on the same evening, also celebrating the best Olivier Awards moments, alongside a weekend of shows on Magic’s new musical theatre station Magic at the Musicals.

Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard were announced on 3 March, and the winners will be revealed in a special ceremony and event – also broadcast on ITV and Magic Radio – which depending on government medical advice is likely to be held in the Autumn, with plans to be confirmed as soon as is feasible.

In the lead-up to Sunday 5 April, the Olivier Awards social channels will be trailing the ITV and Magic Radio programmes by publishing stand-out content from shows to be featured in the broadcasts.

Julian Bird, SOLT Chief Executive and Olivier Awards Executive Producer, said:

‘Amid unprecedentedly difficult times for our theatre community, we look forward to providing audiences with a unique celebration of the last ten years of incredible, world-leading British theatre honoured at the Olivier Awards, in anticipation of a separate ceremony for this year’s winners in the Autumn. We are hugely grateful to our longstanding headline sponsor Mastercard, for their support this year and over the past decade – alongside all our other partners, who we look forward to working with again soon.’

The theatre world has seen mass closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many companies, creatives and performers taking to online platforms to create new work, connect with fans and colleagues, and raise money to help those in the industry who are struggling.

Tomorrow (Thursday 26 March), Olivier Awards presenters and nominees will be participating in the NHS’s nationwide ‘Clap For Our Carers’ online campaign, and on Friday 27 March, World Theatre Day, the Olivier Awards will join other theatre organisations and individuals sharing favourite theatre memories on social media. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Breach Theatre To Stream Award-Winning Catalogue During COVID-19 Arts Shutdown


·       Critically acclaimed Artemisia Gentileschi drama It’s True, It’s True, It’s True to be streamed internationally after February’s BBC Four TV debut

·       The Beanfield and the music of Joan of Leeds will also be released for the first time ever

·       It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial available to stream from 31st March 2020 on YouTube for 30 days

This week Breach Theatre release their acclaimed bodies of work exclusively via YouTube amid widespread COVID-19 cancellations across the arts, with It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial on Tuesday 31 March and The Beanfield available to stream now.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – the courtroom drama based on the case of the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi will be streamed on Breach’s YouTube channel following its TV premiere on BBC Four. The film is produced by Artemisia Films and Breach and was commissioned by The Space. One of the undisputed hits of the 2018 and 2019 Edinburgh Festivals, also touring across the country, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True was due to be performed at the Barbican this April but now cancelled due to COVID-19.

Breach Theatre will also stream The Beanfield for the first time – a political drama that follows the 1985 ‘Battle of the Beanfield’, praised for its vivid portrayal of the brutal conflict between new age travellers and police to confront issues of history and civil liberties, and Joan of Leeds soundtrack – the medieval mystery play that uses live music to tell the extraordinary true story of a runaway 14th century rebel nun, lyrics by Billy Barrett and music by James Frewer.

The Beanfield full show is currently available to stream online (link below) and the music of Joan of Leeds will be available to stream on Friday.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial will be streamed for free from 31st March 2020 for 30 days on YouTube and Breach encourage donations via PayPal for those who enjoyed the show and wish to support the company through the shutdown.

Darlington Hippodrome – Online Quiz


Darlington Hippodrome will be engaging with the community with an arts and entertainment online quiz on Friday 27 March at 7.30pm to help celebrate World Theatre Day.

With the entire country adopting social distancing measures people have looked to the internet to keep engaged with family, to keep fit, to remain mentally active or just to learn new skills.

Through the power of Zoom – an online meetings app – Darlington Hippodrome will be engaging with theatre lovers with an online arts and entertainment online quiz which will take place on Friday 27 March at 7.30pm. There will be rounds on music, art, literature, films and more. Homes can take part as a small team or you can take part as an individual – there will be no ‘winning’ prize – just the fun of joining in a large social online event to help pass the time.

Rebecca Howarth from Darlington Hippodrome told us “This way of engaging with the community is all very new to us and it may be a little rough around the edges, but the theatre is looking at new and exciting ways we can engage with the community to keep spirits up, have some fun and allow people some social interaction in these difficult times.”

Rebecca continued “Over the last couple of weeks Zoom has become the go-to app to allow large groups of people to engage in activities such as keep fit classes, singing classes, drama classes and even learning how to knit. It’s a great way to meet friends and make new ones as well.”

If you are interested in taking part in the online quiz simply go to the Darlington Hippodrome Facebook page and ‘attend’ the Virtual Quiz Night event. Further details will be posted in the event on Friday evening. All you need to take part is internet access, a phone or laptop with a camera, pen and paper for your answers, an open mind and a sense of humour.

The quiz will be open to the first 100 participants who access the Zoom event on the night, but don’t be disappointed if you miss out on this occasion as there will be future theatre events to get involved in

LOVE LOWRY launches to keep people entertained during social distancing

LOVE LOWRY launches to keep people entertained during social distancing

With its doors currently closed due to coronavirus, The Lowry in Salford has launched a new, free way for people to continue to enjoy the arts.

Launching on The Lowry Blog, Love Lowry will be a daily service of creative activities and art experiences for people to enjoy from their homes.

Julia Fawcett OBE chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Our visitors engage with us for many different reasons, the escapism of a night at the theatre, a walk around our exhibitions or the joy of taking part in a creative workshop. The Lowry offers so much to so many.

“The arts have always played a valuable role in people’s mental wellbeing and at a time when social-distancing and self-isolation is the new normal, its role is now more important than ever.

“I’m really proud of the online programme we’ve pulled together – and we’ve began sharing content immediately. Hopefully, this will help people to engage with the arts and keep their minds and their bodies active.”

“The programme will offer things such as creative activities for children, adults and families, the opportunity to experience digital art designed to be experienced online and the chance to ‘watch again’ art experiences The Lowry has in its digital archive.”
All the activities on offer are free of charge.

Please follow The Lowry’s social media channels for the latest content:

Facebook: /TheLowrySalford
Twitter: @The_Lowry
Instagram: @The_Lowry
The Lowry Blog can be found here


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Aaron Sidwell (Henry), Photo Credit: Eve Dunlop

The Barn Theatre have announced plans to live stream their critically acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V on World Theatre Day (27 March).

The production, which stars Aaron Sidwell (Wicked, American Idiot, Loserville, Ghost, EastEnders) and Lauren Samuels (Bend It Like Beckham, Romantics Anonymous, We Will Rock You, Grease, Water Babies, Over The Rainbow), will be streamed live to the theatre’s FacebookYouTube and Twitter accounts on Friday 27th March at 6pm.

Henry V, which was called “a populist Hal for a post-Brexit world” by Dominic Cavendish from The Telegraph, is directed by Hal Chambers, with designs by Emily Leonard, fight direction by Christos Dante, movement direction by Kate Webster, composition by Harry Smith, BroadwayWorld UK award-nominated projection designs by Benjamin Collins, sound design by Chris Cleal and lighting by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner.

The full cast comprises of: Matt Ray Brown (Exeter/Orleans), Alicia Charles (Bardolph/Williams), Elin Phillips (Fluellen), Lauren Samuels (Katherine/Boy),

Aaron Sidwell (Henry), Adam Sopp (Pistol/Constable), Sarah Waddell (Queen of France) and Jonathan Woolf (Nym/Dauphin).

Since launching in 2018, the Barn Theatre has gained national recognition by producing 12 Built By Barn shows to upwards of 80,000 audience members and being awarded The Stage Awards’ Best Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2019. Their contribution to the local community stretches further than just the theatre with large scale outreach programmes, school workshops and collaborative projects around the centenary of the First World War, the ‘record-breaking’ Cirencester Human Poppy, and The Cirencester Advent Festival that have enhanced the well-being of the community and draw thousands of visitors to the town.

The theatre has also worked extensively with disadvantaged communities working with charities including Cirencester Housing for Young People (CHYP) and Age UK Gloucestershire.

The Cotswold theatre recently launched their live streaming service, Behind The Barn Door, gives access to entertaining, fun and informative content for the local community. The service launched with a Q&A with Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, in collaboration with The Cirencester Chamber of Commerce

Giffords Circus favourite Tweedy the Clown will star in a new children’s entertainment mini-series called Tweedy’s Lost & Found, where every Wednesday at 12pm viewers will join the clown as he adapts to his new life working at the local Lost & Found. The series will be live streamed to the Barn Theatre’s FacebookYouTube and Twitter accounts.

The Barn Theatre (registered charity no. 1174253) have launched a donations campaign, SAVE OUR BARN, via their website and social media platforms.

Sasha Regan’s All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore cancelled at Wilton’s Music Hall

Regan De Wynter Williams Productions Ltd. are very disappointed to announce that owing to Coronavirus (COVID-19), they are cancelling the production of Sasha Regan’s All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore at Wilton’s Music Hall which was scheduled to run from 15th April – 9th May.

Wilton’s Music Hall will contact all ticketholders and offer the following options:

  • The donation of the cost of your booking (this will be split accordingly between Wilton’s and the visiting company) which we would be very grateful for in the current circumstances

  • You can donate a percentage of your ticket, with the remainder being refunded (this will be split accordingly between Wilton’s and the visiting company).

  • You can receive a full refund.

Customer service teams are currently working remotely and are extremely busy.  They will be in touch as soon as possible.  Please do not phone the Box Office at this current time and do not come to Wilton’s Music Hall which is closed for the time being.

Thank you very much for your wonderful support and patience during these very difficult times.  We are heartbroken. Please look after yourselves and keep safe and well.




Following the incredible success of their first reading of The Two Gentleman of VeronaThe Show Must Go Onlinetoday announce the full schedule for their upcoming livestreams, with the next reading of The Taming of the Shrew streamed on Thursday 26 March, 7pm.

The series of livestreamed readings aims to bring actors and audiences together to collectively enjoy and experience Shakespeare at a time when connecting in a traditional theatre space isn’t possible. The Two Gentleman of Verona now has over 24K views on YouTube and was watched live by audiences from over twenty-five different countries, from the USA to the Philippines, and from Poland to Malaysia.

The cast of this week’s reading of The Taming of the Shrew will also take part in Clap for our Carers at 8pm, the round of applause taking place across the country for NHS workers and front line health workers around the world and the extraordinary work they are doing. This will be led by cast member Mary Bragg Ion who is an NHS trauma therapist. For the full cast for this reading, please see

The company have also established a Patreon for the venture, which will be used as an opt-in hardship fund for the actors who take part –

The watch the YouTube live readings, please visit –

To join the readings, please visit




All performances are streamed from 7pm

26 March 2020The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591)
02 April 2020Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592)
09 April 2020Henry VI, Part 2 (1591)
16 April 2020Henry VI, Part 3 (1591)
23 April 2020Titus Andronicus (1591–1592)
30 April 2020Richard III (1592–1593)
07 May 2020The Comedy of Errors (1594)
14 May 2020Love’s Labour’s Lost (1594–1595)
21 May 2020Love’s Labour’s Won (1595–1596)
28 May 2020Richard II (1595)
04 June 2020Romeo and Juliet (1595)
11 June 2020A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595)
18 June 2020King John (1596)
25 June 2020The Merchant of Venice (1596–1597)
02 July 2020Henry IV, Part 1 (1596–1597)
09 July 2020The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)
16 July 2020Henry IV, Part 2 (1597–1598)
23 July 2020Much Ado About Nothing (1598–1599)
30 July 2020Henry V (1599)
06 August 2020Julius Caesar (1599)
13 August 2020As You Like It (1599–1600)
20 August 2020Hamlet (1599–1601)
27 August 2020Twelfth Night (1601)
03 September 2020Troilus and Cressida (1600–1602)
10 September 2020Measure for Measure (1603–1604)
17 September 2020Othello (1603–1604)
24 September 2020All’s Well That Ends Well (1604–1605)
01 October 2020King Lear (1605–1606)
08 October 2020Timon of Athens (1605–1606)
15 October 2020Macbeth (1606)
22 October 2020Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
29 October 2020Coriolanus (1608)
05 November 2020The Winter’s Tale (1609–1611)
12 November 2020Cymbeline (1610)
19 November 2020The Tempest (1610–1611)
26 November 2020Henry VIII (1612–1613)

Robert Myles is a classical actor and director, writer and freelance creative lead. He is the creator of The Shakespeare Deck, and has workshops available for actors interested in getting more from Shakespeare’s incredible text. As an actor, he has toured the UK playing leading roles in Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays.