Amazon Prime now brings you National Theatre Live shows

Fans of great British theatre with an Amazon Prime account now have even more reasons to tune into the streaming monolith.

Amazon Prime have made available four shows from National Theatre Live in a package entitled Great British Theatre, which is available free to Prime members.

You can enjoy these shows right now:

Ian McKellen On Stage – Filmed in the West End, at the culmination of a country-wide year-long tour, Sir Ian McKellen delights us with his recollections, stories and recreations of some of his favourite works.

Fleabag – Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show from 2019 is now available in all its scatty glory

Hamlet – Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance was praised in this 2015 production recorded at the Barbican Theatre.

Frankenstein – Danny Boyle’s big National Theatre hit of 2011 is available to watch in both versions – with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as the Doctor and the Creation.

All of these are currently available. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch them anytime without further cost. If you’re not an Amazon Prime customer, you could always sign up for a free trial (I think they still do these, although the time length may have shortened), watch these shows, and cancel after the free trial ends. Did I say that? Surely not! You’ll know the right thing to do, dear readers!

Happy Viewing!


LGBT PRIDE MONTH EVENTS: Explore the truth behind the legend of Alan Turing in a fascinating online talk by his nephew

Image by Justin Eagleton

June is LGBT Pride Month, and June 9th is International Archive Day, so what better time to celebrate the great work of the UK National Archives? To mark the event, here’s another fascinating free online talk courtesy of the National Archive, entitled REFLECTIONS OF ALAN TURING.

World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing’s career has inspired a number of creative works, amongst them Hugh Whitemore’s stage hit of the 1980s, BREAKING THE CODE, with a memorable performance by Derek Jacobi as Turing, and again a few years ago with film THE IMITATION GAME, where Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Turing to much acclaim.

So, by now, everyone knows the story of the code-breaker and computer science pioneer Alan Turing.

Or do they?

Our knowledge of Alan Turing has been fragmentary, and further obscured by decades of misinterpretation and misunderstanding. In this discussion these layers of super-encipherment are stripped away to disclose the real story.

Was Alan Turing actually much of a codebreaker?
What is the meaning of Alan Turing’s trial, his suicide, the Royal Pardon, the £50 note, and the film The Imitation Game?
Drawing from Alan Turing’s background, his discoveries and his life-story, this talk uncovers a fresh legacy from Alan Turing for the 21st century.

This talk is presented by Dermot Turing, author of the acclaimed biography PROF, about the life of his uncle, Alan Turing and X, Y & Z: THE REAL STORY OF HOW ENIGMA WAS BROKEN. He spent his career in the legal profession after graduating from Cambridge and Oxford, and is a trustee of Bletchley Park. He has extensive knowledge of World War II code-breaking and is a regular presenter at major cryptology events.

Presented online on Wednesday, 9 June at 7.30pm BST, the talk lasts approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15 minute live Q&A and promises to give real insights into this most fascinating of men.

You can find more information and book your free tickets here

Further supporting information about the presentation:

This online talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams. You do not need a Teams account to join an event, and can select the Join anonymously option to join from your browser if preferred. If you are accessing the event from a mobile device, you will need to download the Teams app. For the best experience we recommend using either a laptop or desktop computer.

You will receive a reminder email, including a link to join in advance of the event. For more information on attending a Teams event, please visit: https://bit.ly/3hWNWwn


The National Theatre’s FRANKENSTEIN

The National Theatre’s acclaimed 2011 production of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN is free to watch from 7pm on Thursday 30th April until 7pm on Friday 8th May.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this production sees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

This filmed performance is recommended for ages 12 and up. This recording has been “adjusted for YouTube” – whatever that may mean!

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

VIEWING PERIOD ENDED