The National Theatre has today announced that two new filmed productions have been added to its streaming service National Theatre at Home: the Young Vic’sCat on a Hot Tin Roofandthe National Theatre and Out of Joint’s co-production Consent.
The Young Vic’s 2017 West End production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was directed by Benedict Andrews (A Streetcar Named Desire) with Sienna Miller (21 Bridges, American Woman) as Maggie, Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Trial by Fire) as Brick and Colm Meaney (Gangs of London) as Big Daddy. Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a twentieth century masterpiece.
Nina Raine’s play Consent premiered in the Dorfman theatre in 2017, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint. Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, it transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2018. The acclaimed production of this challenging and funny play features the original cast including Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Daisy Haggard (Breeders, Back to Life).
Also announced today, as part of the NT’s partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to broaden access to world-leading institutions and offerings is the National Theatre’s guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. The NT becomes the first performing arts organisation join the app which provides access to museums, galleries, and cultural spaces around the world anytime through digital guides, content from artists, curators, and experts. Launching today, the National Theatre’s guide on the app includes exclusive content including introductions from NT Joint Chief Executives Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger, interviews with NT Associates, an interview with Romeo & Juliet film adapter and associate director Emily Burns, That Black Theatre podcast episodes and a new, exclusive ‘backstage tour’ of the National Theatre, showcasing the historic building and recreating the in-person backstage tours. The app is available to download for free on the Apple Store or Google Play.
Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre, said: “We’ve been thrilled with the audience response from around the world to the first three months of National Theatre at Home. This month sees two more fantastic productions on the NT’s streaming platform – shows that sold out in the West End and the NT – and it’s wonderful to be able to provide these on demand. We’re also very pleased to be launching our guide on the Bloomberg Connects app, as part of our partnership with Bloomberg as supporters of National Theatre at Home. For the NT, it’s essential that access to arts and culture is as widely available as we can make it and never more so than during this period of lockdown and closure. This free app gives audiences exclusive content and insight to a range of international arts organisations and it’s brilliant that the National Theatre is featured as well. The virtual backstage tour is very exciting. We so wish we could welcome audiences back into our building and this helps to make that possible, even if only digitally for now.”
Jemma Read, Global Head of Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomberg LP said, “At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we’re harnessing the power of the arts to improve the quality of life in cities across the globe. We’re proud of the impact that we’ve made through our partnership with the National Theatre to date and we’re excited to build on this foundation. As the first performing arts organisation to join the app, National Theatre on Bloomberg Connects will deepen audience engagement and will enable communities everywhere – regardless of social or geographical circumstances – to enjoy world class theatre.”
National Theatre at Home now has 18 productions to stream on the platform available at any time, including Angels in America Parts One and Two with Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Russell Tovey, Medea with Helen McCrory and Michaela Coel, Mosquitoes with Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams, Phèdre with Helen Mirren and Dominic Cooper, the Young Vic’s Yerma with Billie Piper and Othello with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear.
All productions on National Theatre at Home are available with captions. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will also be available with audio-description to support blind and partially sighted audiences worldwide. Eight other National Theatre at Home titles are currently available with audio-description: Angels in America Parts One and Two, Othello, Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus, The Cherry Orchard, Amadeus, Julie, Phèdre and the Young Vic’s Yerma.
National Theatre at Home is available now at ntathome.com, with single titles available from £5.99 – £8.99, a monthly subscription for £9.99 or a yearly subscription for £99.99.
National Theatre at Home is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Young Vic’s 2017 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the powerful masterpiece by Tennessee Williams, features Sienna Miller (21 Bridges, American Woman) and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Trial by Fire) in the iconic roles of Maggie and Brick, with Colm Meaney (Gangs of London) as Big Daddy.
A Mississippi family gather at their country property to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell each other. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. Which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Directed by Benedict Andrews (A Streetcar Named Desire, Three Sisters), the cast also includes Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders), Richard Hansell (The Secret Garden), Lisa Palfrey (Sex Education), Michael J. Shannon (Dark Shadows) and Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake).
Filmed for National Theatre Live in 2018 in the Apollo Theatre in the West End, the Young Vic and The Young Ones present a Young Vic production, with special thanks to Jack Keenan.
This production is available at least until 9 March 2022.
Nina Raine’s 2017 play was directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) and premiered in the Dorfman theatre before transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2018, following a sold-out run.
Friends take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
This funny, painful and challenging play by Nina Raine (Tiger Country, Tribes) sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.
The cast is Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Daisy Haggard (Breeders, Back to Life), Adam James (I May Destroy You), Ben Chaplin (The Dig), Priyanga Burford (Industry), Pip Carter (1917) and Heather Craney (MotherFatherSon).
Filmed for the National Theatre Archive in 2017 in the Dorfman theatre, this is a production from the National Theatre and Out of Joint.
This production is available at least until 9 March 2022. This play contains discussion and depiction of sexual violence.
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