In these days of cinematic epics and the advent of streaming platforms, such as Netflix, the pure pleasure of watching great theatre productions is often forgotten or ignored.
Sometimes, it is merely the logistics of actually getting to a local theatre and securing tickets that can be a barrier. So, if watching some great theatre is on your bucket list, then you may wonder how this can be achieved.
Not to worry, the online National Theatre company can bring the production to your home.
Bringing Culture to Your Living Room
The world-renowned National Theatre group has come up with the innovative idea of starting their own YouTube channel and live streaming some of their most popular current productions.
And if you happen to miss the exciting live event, they are available for replay afterwards for a specified period. For those who are involved in education, they will be pleased to learn that 30 productions have been made available to teachers and pupils, including several Shakespeare plays.
Costs & Options
All of the productions are entirely free, although you can donate a small fee if you wish, to ensure ongoing support of the theatres. For a more authentic experience, some of the plays are streamed live to cinemas, so you can enjoy watching with a like-minded audience.
Many world-famous actors feature in these performances, including the likes of Arthur Darvill, Tamsin Greig and James Corden.
All of the most popular favourites are available, including Treasure Island, Twelfth Night and Jane Eyre. A brand new show is premiered every Thursday evening.
Before that, there is a selection of trailers to whet your appetite.
So, if you are unable to get to the theatre, or it is temporarily closed, you can easily watch a great production in your own home, and cross this off your bucket list!