Check out our trial access to the Bloomsbury National Theatre Collection!

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Check out our trial access to the Bloomsbury National Theatre Collection!

Check out our trial access to the Bloomsbury National Theatre Collection!

Drawing on years of National Theatre broadcasts & high-quality archive recordings, this amazing collection contains over 30 filmed performances.

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London Assurance: Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw star in this new version of Dion Boucicault’s classic comedy
One Man, Two Guvnors: Tony Award-winning James Corden plays Francis Henshall in the hilarious West End and Broadway hit
She Stoops to Conquer: Directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly


20th Century Classics and Modern Plays

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Sienna Miller stars alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney in Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story

The Cherry Orchard: ‘Beautifully skewed, melancholic and haunting.’ The Stage

Consent: Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play which sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.

The Deep Blue Sea: Starring Helen McCrory, Time Out described it as ‘Stunning. Exquisitely sad. Beautifully judged.’

Les Blancs: This theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa features Danny Sapani as Tshembe

A Streetcar Named Desire: Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, The Daily Telegraph called it 'An absolute knock-out. Raw, emotional and deeply unsettling.’

Translations: Brian Friel’s modern classic, a powerful account of nationhood, described by The Guardian as 'A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece’

Yerma: Billie Piper won an Olivier Best Actress award for her performance in Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece


Shakespeare Plays

Coriolanus: An award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role
Hamlet: ‘Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb’ The Times
Julius Caesar: Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony.
King Lear: Starring Sir Derek Jacobi and directed by Tony Award winning Michael Grandage, The Telegraph said it was ‘The finest and most searching Lear I have ever seen.’
Macbeth: First performed as part of the National Theatre’s series of Shakespeare for younger audiences
Othello: Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear jointly won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award for their performances in the iconic roles of Othello and Iago.
Romeo and Juliet: Bijan Sheibani's thrilling production brings the greatest love story of all time alive for a new generation
Twelfth Night: Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity
The Winter's Tale: The perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences


Literary Adaptations and Inspirations

Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller each play Victor Frankenstein and his creation in these two performances of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production

Jane Eyre: ‘Aflame with passion. A picture of exultant feminism.’ The Observer

Peter Pan: Sally Cookson directs this “dazzling production” (Radio Times) of JM Barrie’s classic

Small Island: The Guardian described this adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel as 'One of the most important plays of the year.’

Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure brought to life in a thrilling adaptation by Bryony Lavery Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice, this musical is a coming-of-age adventure for the online generation


Greek Classics and World Historical Drama

Antigone: Adapted by Don Taylor into a gripping political thriller with a cast including Jodie Whittaker and Christopher Eccleston

Medea: ‘Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness’ The Sunday Times

Dara: Shahid Nadeem’s epic tale of the dispute that shaped modern-day India and Pakistan