The National Theatre has announced its NT@Home free streaming service will come to an end next month, as it reveals the final five shows to be broadcast.
NT productions include Amadeus, Small Island, Les Blancs and The Deep Blue Sea will be streamed for free alongside the Bridge Theatre’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
NT@Home launched in April this year in response to the venues forced closure as a result of the coronoavirus pandemic. So far it has streamed 10 productions on its YouTube channel for free which have attracted more than 12 million views.
Joint chief executive Lisa Burger said: “During what has been such an isolating time for many people right across the world it has been wonderful to be able to share these productions with both new and existing audiences, and to have the opportunity to showcase the exceptional creative talent working in our industry.”
“The support we, and our partner organisations have received, not only in terms of donations, but through messages of thanks has been so encouraging,” she added.
The NT said that it planned to announce further digital activity beyond the free streamed productions.
The final five shows will be broadcast on YouTube each Thursday between 18 June and 16 July, beginning with the 2019 adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Small Island, which is being broadcast to coincide with Windrush Day on 22 June 2020.
Each show will be offered alongside additional YouTube content for audiences to further engage with the work.
NT @ Home dates:
18 June – Small Island by Andrea Levy, adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris
25 June – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicholas Hytner
2 July – Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Yaël Farber
9 July – The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan, directed by Carrie Cracknell
16 July – Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, directed by Michael Longhurst