National Theatre Collection

Plays

video Antigone (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 15+ (some strong, bloody images)

This archive recording was captured on 4th July, 2012.

In the unstable aftermath of a civil war, Creon, the new King of Thebes, asserts his authority by forbidding anyone from honouring the death of the traitor Polyneices. But Antigone, Polyneices' sister, will not obey.

When Creon's authority is challenged, a gripping conflict emerges between the power of an individual and the state.

Polly Findlay's electric 2012 production brings Sophocles' tragedy into the modern world as a gripping political thriller.

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CAST
Antigone: Jodie Whittaker
Ismene: Annabel Scholey
Chorus: Paul Bentall
Chorus: Martin Chamberlain
Chorus: Jason Cheater
Chorus: Stavros Demetraki
Chorus: Paul Dodds
Chorus: Craige Els
Chorus: Michael Grady-Hall
Chorus: Tim Samuels
Chorus: Ross Waiton
Chorus: Alfred Enoch
Creon, King of Thebes: Christopher Eccleston
Teiresias, a blind prophet: Jamie Ballard
Messenger: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Eurydice, Creon's Wife: Zoë Aldrich
Soldier: Luke Norris
Haemon: Luke Newberry
Boy: Trevor Imani
Boy: Reuben Pearce
Boy: Daniel Walsh
Ensemble: Jo Dockery
Ensemble: Emily Glenister
Music Director / Percussion: Philip Hopkins
Percussion: Joji Hirota
Woodwind: Tom Lessels

CREATIVES
Director: Polly Findlay
Writer: Don Taylor
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Fight Director: Bret Yount
Movement Director: Aline David
Music and Sound Designer: Dan Jones
Video and Projection Designer: Dick Straker

video The Cherry Orchard (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

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.

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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.

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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 Dara (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+

This archive recording was captured in the Lyttelton Theatre on 17th March, 2015.

1659. Mughal, India. Two brothers, Dara and Aurangzeb, are both heirs to the Muslim empire. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India's future. Now they fight ferociously for succession.

Originally performed at the Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan, Shahid Nadeem's epic tale of the dispute that shaped modern-day India and Pakistan is brought to life in Tanya Ronder's adaptation and Nadia Fall's stunning production.

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CAST
Dara: Zubin Varla
Kam / Malik's watchman / Soldier / Young Aurangzeb: Gurjeet Singh
Faqir / Malik's servant: Scott Karim
Azam / Sipihr / Young Dara: Ronak Patani
Executioner / Malik Jiwan / Qazi Sayed: Emilio Doorgasingh
Hira Bai: Anjana Vasan
Aurangzeb: Sargon Yelda
Danishmand / Murad: Rudi Dharmalingam
Governor Khan / Murad's aide / Prison guard: Esh Alladi
Imad / Mian Mir's second disciple / Mir Khalil: Nicholas Khan
Massage girl / Young Jahanara: Mariam Haque
Akhtar / Hussain / Jamal / Soldier: Gary Wood
Emperor Shah Jahan: Vincent Ebrahim
Jahanara: Nathalie Armin
Roshanara: Anneika Rose
Afia: Anjli Mohindra
Young Roshanara: Liya Tassisa
Imperial slave / Itbar's mother / Old woman: Indira Joshi
Itbar: Chook Sibtain
Itbar's father / Mullah Farooq: Simon Nagra
Prosecutor Talib: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Mian Mir: Ranjit Krishnamma
Vocalist / Santoor: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla
Vocalist / Indian Violin / Harmonium: Nawazish Khan
Tabla / Dholak / Duff: Vikaash Sankadecha

CREATIVES
Director: Nadia Fall
Author: Shahid Nadeem
Adaptor: Tanya Ronder
Designer: Katrina Lindsay
Music: Niraj Chag
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing
Vocal Music Director: Japjit Kaur
Movement Director: Liam Steel
Fight Director: Katie Waters

video The Deep Blue Sea (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+ (contains references to suicide)

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.

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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)

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.

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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)

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.

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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+

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.

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CAST
Hamlet: Rory Kinnear
Barnardo: 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 Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic / NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 12+ (occasional swearing)

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 8th December, 2015 as a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic.

Born into a life of struggle, the spirited Jane Eyre tackles life's obstacles head-on as she seeks to pursue her own path in the world. Faced with poverty, injustice and a bitter betrayal, the trailblazing Jane follows her heart to fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms.

Devised by the Company, Sally Cookson's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is a vivid and breathtaking spectacle.

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CAST
Mr Brocklehurst / Pilot / Mason: Craig Edwards
Helen Burns / Adele / St John / Grace Poole / Abbot: Laura Elphinstone
Rochester: Felix Hayes
Bertha: Melanie Marshall
Bessie / Blanche Ingram / Diana Rivers: Simone Saunders
Mrs Reed / Mrs Fairfax: Maggie Tagney
Jane Eyre: Madeleine Worrall
Musician: Benji Bower
Musician: Phil King
Musician: Will Bower

All other characters are played by members of the Company

CREATIVES
Director: Sally Cookson
Set Designer: Michael Vale
Music and Musical Director: Benji Bower
Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone
Costume Designer: Katie Sykes
Movement Director: Dan Canham
Fight Director: Renny Krupinski
Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey
Sound Designer: Mike Beer
Dramaturg: Mike Akers

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.

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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

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