Watch Now: 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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Bristol Old Vic’s THE GRINNING MAN

A recording of the original Bristol version of hit musical The Grinning Man is now available online to watch for free for a week.

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.

Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and brought to life by director Tom Morris (Touching the Void) and writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), don’t miss this digital revival, captured during its original Bristol run by TVPP, and featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre & Gimble – the original puppeteers of War Horse!

First seen at the Bristol Old Vic as part of its 250th anniversary season, the show then transferred to the West End late in 2017 to critical and audience success.

GUIDANCE: Suitable for ages 12+ Contains some sexual references and swearing.

The show lasts approximately two hours. The show is available until Friday 3rd July at 6pm.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Bristol Old Vic to enable them to keep operating 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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New York Lincoln Center’s ACT ONE

The Lincoln Center in New York joins the esteemed theatres streaming their past successes with a warm and engaging memoir brought to life.

ACT ONE is an adaptation of the memoirs of Broadway legend, writer and director Moss Hart. Writer and director James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) adapts the memoir for the stage, rendering a funny and touching portrait of the artist as a young man. The celebrated cast of this 2014 production by Lincoln Center Theater includes Tony Award-winners Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.

Available from Saturday, June 20th at 1am UK time and then available on demand for two weeks until the end of Friday July 3rd.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Lincoln Center to enable it to reopen 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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