Check out trial access to the Bloomsbury National Theatre Collection!

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Check out 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