National Theatre Collection

Plays

video The Cherry Orchard (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 30th June, 2011.

Ranyevskaya returns more or less bankrupt after ten years abroad. Luxuriating in her fading moneyed world and regardless of the increasingly hostile forces outside, she and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin, a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard.

Set at the very start of the twentieth century, Andrew Upton’s new version of Chekhov’s classic captures a poignant moment in Russia's history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917.

CAST
Dunyasha: Emily Taaffe
Lopakhin: Conleth Hill
Yepihodov: Pip Carter
Anya: Charity Wakefield
Ranyevskaya: Zoe Wanamaker
Varya: Claudie Blakley
Gaev: James Laurenson
Charlotta: Sarah Woodward
Simyonov-Pishchik: Tim McMullan
Yasha: Gerald Kyd
Firs: Kenneth Cranham
Peya Trofimov: Mark Bonnar
A Passer-by: Craige Els
The Station Master: Paul Dodds
Ensemble: Mark Fleischmann
Ensemble: Colin Haigh
Ensemble: Jessica Regan
Ensemble: Tim Samuels
Ensemble: Stephanie Thomas
Ensemble: Joseph Thompson
Ensemble: Rosie Thomson
Ensemble: Ellie Turner

CREATIVES
Director: Howard Davies
Author: Andrew Upton
Designer: Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Music: Dominic Muldowney
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis
Choreographer: Lynne Page

video Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse / NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This Donmar Warehouse production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 30th January, 2014

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. 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.

Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role, directed by the Donmar's former Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

CAST
First Citizen: Rochenda Sandall
Second Citizen: Mark Stanley
Third Citizen: Dwane Walcott
Menenius: Mark Gatiss
Caius Martius Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston
Cominius: Peter de Jersey
Titus Lartius: Alfred Enoch
Brutus: Elliot Levey
Sicinia: Helen Schlesinger
Aufidius: Hadley Fraser
Volumnia: Deborah Findlay
Virgilia: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Valeria, Fourth Citizen: Jacqueline Boatswain
Young Martius: Joe Willis

CREATIVES
Director: Josie Rourke
Designer: Lucy Osborne
Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
Video Designer: Andrzej Goulding
Composer: Michael Bruce
Movement: Jonathan Watkins
Fight Director: Richard Ryan

video The Deep Blue Sea (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+ (contains references to suicide)

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 1st September, 2016.

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.

Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunited following the acclaimed Medea in 2014.

CAST
Mrs Elton: Marion Bailey
Philip Welch: Hubert Burton
Ann Welch: Yolanda Kettle
Hester Collyer: Helen McCrory
Mr Miller: Nick Fletcher
Freddie Page: Tom Burke
Jackie Jackson: Adetomiwa Edun

CREATIVES
Director: Carrie Cracknell
Writer: Terence Rattigan
Designer: Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare
Music: Stuart Earl
Movement Director: Polly Bennett
Sound Designer: Peter Rice
Fight Director: Kate Waters

video Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 15+ (contains nudity and one scene of sexual violence)

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 17th March, 2011.

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 friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Jonny Lee Miller plays Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch his creation in this performance of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production of Frankenstein.

CAST
The Creature: Benedict Cumberbatch
Victor Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller
Agatha de Lacey: Lizzie Winkler
De Lacey: Karl Johnson
Felix De Lacey: Daniel Millar
Elizabeth Lavenza: Naomie Harris
William Frankenstein: William Nye
M. Frankenstein: George Harris
Clarice: Ella Smith
Ewan: John Stahl
Female Creature: Andreea Padurariu
Constable: John Killoran
Rab: Mark Armstrong
Servant: Martin Chamberlain
Ensemble: Josie Daxter
Klaus: Steven Elliott
Servant: Daniel Ings
Gustav: John Killoran
Gretel: Ella Smith
Ensemble - Haydon Downing

CREATIVES
Director: Danny Boyle
Set Designer: Mark Tildesley
Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Sound Design: Ed Clarke
Music and Sound Score: Underworld
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick, Sedgwick Creative Ltd
Fight Director: Kate Waters

video Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 15+ (contains nudity and one scene of sexual violence)

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 24th March, 2011.

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 friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Victor Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller his creation in this performance of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production of Frankenstein.

CAST
The Creature: Jonny Lee Miller
Victor Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch
Agatha de Lacey: Lizzie Winkler
De Lacey: Karl Johnson
Felix De Lacey: Daniel Millar
Elizabeth Lavenza: Naomie Harris
William Frankenstein: William Nye
M. Frankenstein: George Harris
Clarice: Ella Smith
Ewan: John Stahl
Female Creature: Andreea Padurariu
Constable: John Killoran
Rab: Mark Armstrong
Servant: Martin Chamberlain
Ensemble: Josie Daxter
Klaus: Steven Elliott
Servant: Daniel Ings
Gustav: John Killoran
Gretel: Ella Smith
Ensemble: Haydon Downing

CREATIVES
Director: Danny Boyle
Set Designer: Mark Tildesley
Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Sound Design: Ed Clarke
Music and Sound Score: Underworld
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick, Sedgwick Creative Ltd
Fight Director: Kate Waters

video Hamlet (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 9th December, 2010.

Director Nicholas Hytner offers a detailed political, social and psychological context to Hamlet's dilemma: whether or not to avenge the death of his father.

Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition. His performance earned him an Evening Standard Award.

CAST
Hamlet: Rory Kinnear
Barnado: Michael Peavoy
Francisco: Matthew Barker
Horatio: Giles Terera
Marcellus: Marcus Cunningham
Ghost of the Late King: James Laurenson
Claudius: Patrick Malahide
Voltemand: James Pearse
Priest: Leo Staar
Laertes: Alex Lanipekun
Polonius: David Calder
Gertrude: Clare Higgins
Cornelia: Ellie Turner
Reynaldo: Victor Power
Rosencrantz: Ferdinand Kingsley
Guildenstern: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Player Queen: Saskia Portway
Lucianus: Michael Sheldon
Fortinbras: Jake Fairbrother
Osric: Nick Sampson
Messenger: Zara Tempest-Walters
Ophelia: Ruth Nega
Gravedigger: David Calder
English Ambassador: Michael Sheldon
Captain in Fortinbras' army: Matthew Barker
Player King: James Laurenson

CREATIVES
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Composer: Alex Baranowski
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis
Fight Director: Kate Waters

video Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre / NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This Bridge Theatre production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 22nd March, 2018.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

CAST
Casca: Adjoa Andoh
Brutus: Ben Whishaw
Caesar: David Calder
Mark Anthony: David Morrissey
Lucius/Cinna the Poet and as cast: Fred Fergus
Metellus Cimber and as cast: Hannah Stokely
Octavius and as cast: Kit Young
Ensemble and as cast: Leaphia Darko
Decius Brutus and as cast: Leila Farzad
Caius Ligarius: Mark Penfold
Cassius: Michelle Fairley
Cinna: Nick Sampson
Marullus/Artemidorus and as cast: Rosie Ede
Flavius/Popilius Lena and as cast: Sid Sagar
Calpurnia: Wendy Kweh
Ensemble and as cast: Zachary Hart

CREATIVES
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Production Designer: Bunny Christie
Costume Designer: Christina Cunningham
Composer: Nick Powell
Sound Designer: Paul Arditti

video King Lear (Donmar Warehouse / NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This Donmar Warehouse production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 3rd February, 2011.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. As Lear’s world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil.

The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s most harrowing tragedy, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and directed by Tony Award winning Michael Grandage (Red).

CAST
Earl of Kent: Michael Hadley
Earl of Gloucester: Paul Jesson
Edmund: Alec Newman
King Lear: Derek Jacobi
Goneril: Gina McKee
Regan: Justine Mitchell
Cordelia: Pippa Bennett-Warner
Duke of Albany: Tom Beard
Duke of Cornwall: Gideon Turner
Duke of Burgundy: Stefano Braschi
King of France: Ashley Zhangazha
Edgar: Gwilym Lee
Oswald: Amit Shah
The Fool: Ron Cook
Gentleman: Harry Attwell
Old Servant: Derek Hutchinson

CREATIVES
Director: Michael Grandage
Designer: Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Composer and Sound Designer: Adam Cork

video Les Blancs (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 15+ (contains mature themes and references to racism)

This production is an archival recording captured in 2016.

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

A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.

Les Blancs 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.

Written eleven years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage and a highly theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa.

CAST
The Woman: Sheila Atim
Abioseh Matoseh: Gary Beadle
Peter: Sidney Cole
Charlie Morris: Elliot Cowan
Dr Willy Dekoven: James Fleet
Major George Rice: Clive Francis
Eric: Tunji Kasim
Dr Martha Gotterling: Anna Madeley
Ngago: Roger Jean Nsengiyumva
Madame Neilsen: Siân Phillips
Tshembe Matoseh: Danny Sapani
Boy: Fola Akintola
Boy: Xhanti Mbonzongwana
Boy: Tumo Reetsang
Matriarchs and Singers (Ngqoko Cultural Group): Nofenishala Mvotyo
Ensemble: Anna-Maria Nabirye
Matriarchs and Singers (Ngqoko Cultural Group): Nogcinile Yekani Moaqobiso
Matriarchs and Singers (Ngqoko Cultural Group): Mpahleni (Madosini) Latozi
Singer: Joyce Moholoagae

CREATIVES
Director: Yaël Farber
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Designer: Tim Lutkin
Music and Sound: Adam Cork
Movement Director: Imogen Knight
Fight Director: Kev McCurdy
Dramaturg: Drew Lichtenberg

video London Assurance (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 28th June, 2010.

Grace has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party in her father's place, Harcourt's son Charles also falls in love with Grace. When his father appears on the scene, he has to convince him that there is a case of mistaken identity and he is somebody else. Then Lady Gay Spanker, a married woman also visiting at the house, is persuaded by Charles to seduce his father and thus divert his attention from Grace. Much confusion and scheming ensues.

Originally written by Dion Boucicault, this is a new version by Richard Bean which premiered at the National Theatre in 2010.

Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version of the classic comedy about life, love and mistaken identity in 19th Century London.

CAST
Cool: Nick Sampson
Martin: Richard Frame
Charles Courtly: Paul Ready
Richard Dazzle: Matt Cross
Sir Harcourt Courtly: Simon Russell Beale
Squire Max Harkaway: Mark Addy
Pert: Maggie Service
James: Simon Markey
Grace Harkaway: Michelle Terry
Mark Meddle: Tony Jayawardena
Lady Gay Spanker: Fiona Shaw
Mr Adolphus Spanker: Richard Briers
Mr Solomon Isaacs: Junix Inocian
Doctor: David Whitworth
Servant: Mark Extance
Servant: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Doctor's daughter: Fiona Drummond
Doctor's daughter: Laura Matthews

CREATIVES
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Designer: Mark Thompson
Music: Rachel Portman
Sound Designer: John Leonard
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Textual Revisions: Richard Bean
Choreographer: Scarlett Mackmin

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