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!


Shakespeare’s work explored in triple online event PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY

Here’s one for the Shakespeare lovers and the more academically-minded amongst you.

Covering 3 plays over 3 days, in PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY:SHAKESPEARE, the London Shakespeare Centre (LSC) and the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) bring together doctoral and early career researchers to explore how some of Shakespeare’s best known plays have shifted and changed through their performance(s) in history.

CEMS and the LSC are two parts of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s College London.

PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY is a series of conversations each focusing on a discussion centred around one key Shakespeare play, taking place over three evenings in June, and there are further details below:

Tragedy (Macbeth): 7 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

Comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream): 8 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

History (Richard III): 9 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

The Format

Each event begins with a series of short presentations, where each panellist will introduce a single performance of the panel’s designated play-text. Thereafter, the panel will reflect upon some of the questions raised by these (and other) performances as the play moves across languages, places, and periods. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute memories and responses during the final part of the event.

The Panels

7 June: Macbeth

Chair: Dr Nora Williams (Essex)

Panel: Eli Cumings (Cambridge), Wendy Lennon (Shakespeare Institute), Dr Romola Nuttall (KCL)

8 June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chair: Dr Koel Chatterjee (Trinity Laban)

Panel: Rowena Hawkins (KCL), Dr Elisabeth Lutteman (Uppsala), Jennifer Moss-Waghorn (Shakespeare Institute)

9 June: Richard III

Chair: Dr Sally Barnden (KCL)

Panel: Dr Hailey Bachrach (KCL), Rachel Chung (Edinburgh), Lucy Clarke (Oxford)

The series brings together doctoral and early career researchers working in fields of English Literature, Comparative Literature, History, and Performance Studies. However, all members of the Academy and the general public (including school students and parents) are encouraged to join us for this creative and informal series of conversations.

The series will take place via Zoom. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

If you have any questions or queries about any of the events, please contact either the LSC (shakespeare@kcl.ac.uk) or CEMS (cems@kcl.ac.uk).

Tickets are free. To book, visit the Eventbrite ticket page here


Enjoy a free online talk about Shakespeare and the world of theatre – on his birthday!

To celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare, City and Westminster Archives and Libraries invites you to join Pimlico Library’s top Shakespeare enthusiast, Steven, who presents an online talk about Shakespeare and his theatre world.

Steven will be virtually discussing why Shakespeare was so pivotal to the world of playwrighting and theatre. Spanning a wild history from Ancient Greece to the 1700s, we will look at the lesser known period of plays that preceded Elizabethan theatre and how they evolved and grew to create the environment that Shakespeare thrived in.

Covering what is considered one Shakespeare’s greatest plays, HAMLET, we will paint Shakespeare in the context of the intriguing world he wrote in.

The online talk is presented on Saturday, 24 April 2021 at 7:00pm and lasts one hour. A 20 minute Q&A session will take place shortly after Steven’s talk. The talk is free but you must register, which you can do below.

Book your place here


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 Donmar’s CORIOLANUS

This week in the National Theatre Live series, the offering is 2014’s CORIOLANUS filmed at the Donmar Warehouse. Tom Hiddleston (Betrayal, The Avengers, The Night Manager) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs the company including Mark Gatiss (The Madness of George III, League of Gentlemen), Hadley Fraser (Long Day’s Journey Into NightYoung Frankenstein), Alfred Enoch (TreeHarry Potter film series) and Deborah Findlay (Allelujah!Top Girls).

GUIDANCE: This recording had a BBFC rating 12A when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring occasional gore and staged violence.

The running time is 3 hours 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.

Please also consider a donation to the originators of this production, the Donmar Warehouse. Text DONMAR 5 to 70470 to donate £5, text DONMAR 10 to 70470 to donate £10, or text DONMAR 20 to 70470 to donate £20

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