Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, the National Theatre Collection contains 30 filmed performances.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Directed by Benedict Andrews
An adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby.
★★★★★ ‘An absolute knock-out. Raw, emotional and deeply unsettling.’ The Daily Telegraph
Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
Directed by Benedict Andrews.
Sienna Miller stars alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney in Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival.
★★★★ ‘A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted’ Sunday Times
Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play which sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.
★★★★★ ‘There is so much going on here – it’s sometimes hard to breathe.’ Guardian
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel brought to life in an epic theatre adaptation. The play embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
★★★★★ ‘One of the most important plays of the year. Superb production.’ The Guardian
Directed by Ian Rickson.
Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood. It sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.
★★★★★ ‘A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece’ Guardian
A coming-of-age adventure for the online generation inspired by Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice. Supported by stunning sets, costumes, video projection, lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn.
★★★★ ‘Extraordinary visual flair’ Daily Telegraph
Directed by Polly Findlay and adapted by Don Taylor.
This electric 2012 production brings Sophocles’ tragedy into the modern world as a political thriller starring Jodie Whittaker and Christopher Eccleston. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Makes clear the continuing relevance of Sophocles’s play’ Financial Times
Directed by Nadia Fall.
Shahid Nadeem’s epic tale of the dispute that shaped modern-day India and Pakistan.View the trailer here.
★★★★ ‘Nadeem’s writing has a subtle, wise and deeply felt approach’ Financial Times
Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel is a vivid and breathtaking spectacle. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Aflame with passion. A picture of exultant feminism.’ The Observer
Directed by Sally Cookson.
A delight for children and adults alike, this wondrously inventive devised production of JM Barrie’s classic. Originally staged at the Bristol Old Vic theatre. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘A dazzling production’ Radio Times
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure of mutiny, money and murder is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. View the trailer here.
★★★★ ‘Astonishing. A remarkable take on Stevenson’s classic.’ The Observer
The Cherry 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. View the trailer here.
★★★★ ‘Beautifully skewed, melancholic and haunting.’ The Stage
The Deep Blue Sea
Starring Helen McCrory and directed by Carrie Cracknell, Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Stunning. Exquisitely sad. Beautifully judged.’ Time Out
Frankenstein (2 films)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller each play Victor Frankenstein and his creation in these two performances of Danny Boyle’s smash-hit production. Written by Mary Shelley and adapted by Nick Dear. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘A monster hit’ The Times
Written 11 years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage. This theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa features Danny Sapani as Tshembe. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘An exquisite production’ The Daily Telegraph
Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version of Dion Boucicault’s classic comedy about life, love and mistaken identity in 19th Century London. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘An absolute corker of a production’ Daily Telegraph
Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness’ The Sunday Times
One Man, Two Guvnors
Tony Award-winning James Corden plays Francis Henshall in the hilarious West End and Broadway hit. Written by Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play is an update of Goldoni’s classic farce A Servant of Two Masters. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘The funniest show on the planet’ The Daily Mail
She Stoops to Conquer
One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith’s play offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Joyous stuff’ The Evening Standard
Billie Piper won an Olivier Best Actress award for her performance in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic’ The Independent
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy features an award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role, directed by the Donmar’s former Artistic Director Josie Rourke. View the trailer here.
★★★★ ‘A fast, witty, intelligent production’ The Guardian
Rory Kinnear delivers an award-winning performance in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb’ The Times
In Nicholas Hytner’s production, Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony. View the trailer here.
★★★★ ‘Visceral and politically urgent’ The Guardian
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and directed by Tony Award winning Michael Grandage.
★★★★★ ‘The finest and most searching Lear I have ever seen.’ The Telegraph
First performed as part of the National Theatre’s series of Shakespeare for younger audiences, Justin Audibert and the Company create a bold contemporary retelling of this dark play.
This acclaimed production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, was nominated for Best Revival at the 2013 Olivier Awards. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear jointly won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award for their performances in the iconic roles of Othello and Iago. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt’ The Daily Telegraph
Romeo and Juliet
Adapted by Ben Power, Bijan Sheibani’s thrilling production of Shakespeare’s classic story brings the greatest love story of all time alive for a new generation.
★★★★★ ‘Thrilling, colourful, engaging and fun’ South London Press
Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. View the trailer here.
★★★★★ ‘Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned’ The Radio Times
The Winter’s Tale
This exciting new version is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences. It uses colour, song and puppetry to tell this magical tale.
You can learn more about the productions on the Drama Online site.