National Theatre At Home: stream live productions for free

Here's something to make self-isolation and social distancing much more bearable.

National Theatre Live is launching its brand new National Theatre At Home service, which will stream the best live productions and allow you to watch from the comfort of your own home.

Every Thursday at 7pm UK time, they will be releasing one NT Live title on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel that can be watched for free, on-demand for seven days only.

For those who are missing the ability to visit their local theatres, this is the chance to experience the richness of live theatre production from your own front room, ranging from Shakespeare to literary adaptations.

The dates are as follows:

  • From Thursday 11th June – The Madness of King George III
  • From Thursday 18th June – Small Island
  • From Thursday 25th June – A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • From Thursday 2nd July – Les Blancs (archive recording)
  • From Thursday 9th July – The Deep Blue Sea
  • From Thursday 16th July – Amadeus


One Man, Two Guvnors

James Corden stars in this update of the popular farce.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte's pioneering novel of love and redemption gets the NT Live treatment.

Treasure Island

Set sail with NT Live's swashbuckling production of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story.


Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig is befuddled housekeeper Malvolia in this sly update of the Bard's classic comedy.



Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate between the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature in Danny Boyle and Nick Dear's electrifying adaptation. Cumberbatch performs as the Creature from 30th April at 7pm to 7th of May at 7pm. Miller takes on the part from 1st May at 7pm to 8th May at 7pm.


Antony & Cleopatra

Shakespeare's enduring play is one of doomed romance and tragedy. Simon Godwin directs with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okenedo delivering stunning performances as the ill-fated lovers.



Barber Shop Chronicles

Inua Ellams' razor-sharp drama is helmed by Olivier-winning director Bijan Sheibani, exploring a legacy of truth and mistrust as seen through the eyes of African men in barber shops the world over.



A Streetcar Named Desire

Gillian Anderson portrays the troubled Blanche DuBlois in this steamy adaptation of Tennesee Williams' stage classic. Ben Foster is the brutish Stanley Kowalski and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in this critically acclaimed Young Vic production.


This House

James Graham's searing expose of 1970s British politics enjoyed two sold-out National Theatre runs, and centres around the chaos of a hung Parliament.




Tom Hiddleston is a volcanic force of nature in the Donmar Warehouse's updating of Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece. 


The Madness of King George III

Alan Bennett's celebrated play centres on our rapidly disintegrating British monarch, with The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss in the title role.

Small Island

The complex relationship between the UK and Jamaica is explored in Andrea Levy's engrossing historical production.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's delightfully whimsical fantasy-comedy gets a vibrant staging courtesy of the Bridge Theatre, with Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie starring.

Les Blancs

AKA 'The Whites': playwright Lorraine Hansbury's stirring account of revolutionary politics, directed by Yael Farber.

The Deep Blue Sea

A forbidden love affair takes centre stage in this moving adaptation of Terence Rattigan's acclaimed play, with Helen McCrory in the starring role.


You may well have seen the 1984 film, so now's the time to re-acquaint yourself with Peter Shaffer's delightful stage production, directed in this instance by Michael Longhurst with musical accompaniment from the Southbank Sinfonia.

For more details, visit the National Theatre website and YouTube channel.