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!


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.

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