Watch Now: The National Theatre’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA

You can now watch the National Theatre’s highly-praised production of classic drama THE DEEP BLUE SEA, available until 7pm BST on Thursday July 16th.

Terence Rattigan’s devastating post-war masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory plays Hester Collyer and Tom Burke is Freddie Page.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.

Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

The running time is 2 hours 5 minutes with a very short interval. The show is subtitled.

GUIDANCE: The BBFC rating is 12A due to depictions of suicide attempts and some strong language.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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The National Theatre’s LES BLANCS

You can soon watch the National Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s LES BLANCS, available now until 7pm BST on Thursday July 9th.

An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

A brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution. LES BLANCS was filmed for the National Theatre Archive in 2016.

The show marked the National Theatre debut of the multi-award-winning director Yaël Farber, whose productions include The Crucible (Old Vic) and the internationally acclaimed Mies Julie and Nirbhaya. This production is adapted by Robert Nemiroff and the restored text directed by Joi Gresham.

Presented in memory of Nofenishala Mvotyo, who played friction drum (masengwana) in LES BLANCS and was a preserver of the Xhosa culture, as well as an ambassador of the split-toned, throat deep sounds that normally echo in the mountains of Ngqoko.

Age guidance is 15+ This play is about imperialism, racism, and colonialism and contains scenes of racially motivated violence, that some people may find distressing.

The running time is 2 hours 30 minutes with a very short interval. The show is subtitled.

GUIDANCE: The BBFC rating is 12A with infrequent strong language.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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The Bridge Theatre’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

You can now watch the Bridge Theatre’s magical and immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, available now until 7pm BST on Thursday July 2nd.

‘Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.’

Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom, in Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy.

A feuding fairy King and Queen cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives in the forest, to hilarious, but dark, consequences.

The running time is 2 hours 40 minutes with a very short interval.

GUIDANCE: The BBFC rating is 12A with infrequent strong language.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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The National Theatre’s SMALL ISLAND

The National Theatre’s production of SMALL ISLAND is available to watch for free until 7pm on Thursday 25th June (UK time). It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2019.

Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in this moving stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel.

Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as SMALL ISLAND traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK as our characters dream of a better world. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots, in three intricately connected stories.

Featuring a company of 40 actors, including Leah Harvey, Gershwyn Eustache Jr and Aisling Loftus. SMALL ISLAND is adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris.

The running time is 2 hours 55 minutes with a very brief interval. It is subtitled.

GUIDANCE – BBFC rating is 15 due to some strong language, discriminatory behaviour, occasional sexual references and mild violence. Please note that, as part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, some characters in the play use racially offensive terms. This production contains strobe-like effects.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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James Graham’s THIS HOUSE

The National Theatre’s production of THIS HOUSE is available to watch for free until 7pm on Thursday 4th June (UK time).

It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.

THIS HOUSE is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (Ink, ITV’s Quiz) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things).

This highly-praised production enjoyed two sold-out National Theatre runs, a West End transfer and national tour as well as being filmed by National Theatre Live.

It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2013.

GUIDANCE – some strong language throughout. Suitable for ages 14+.

The running time is 2 hours 40 minutes with a very brief interval. It is subtitled.

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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