This House is latest National Theatre at Home streaming

High drama in the House of Common is at the heart of the next production to be streamed on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel as part of National Theatre at Home – the new initiative to bring content to the public in their homes.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 6:23 am
This House: Giles Taylor as Speaker - photo by Johan Persson
This House: Giles Taylor as Speaker - photo by Johan Persson

The National Theatre production of This House by James Graham (Quiz, West End and ITV) will be streamed on May 28.

Filmed live in 2013, This House comes promised a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics.

It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament.

The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. Jeremy Herrin directs a cast including Phil Daniels, Reece Dinsdale, Charles Edwards and Vincent Franklin.

The Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus staged by former artistic director Josie Rourke will be streamed on the June 4. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. In one of the Donmar’s most popular-ever productions, Tom Hiddleston plays the title role in Shakespeare’s tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. Cast also includes Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay and Mark Gatiss.

All productions will be free and screened live at 7pm and will then be available on demand for seven days.

National Theatre at Home launched in April in response to theatre and cinema closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past month, five productions have been streamed for free via YouTube to an audience of eight million.

Lisa Burger, executive director and joint chief executive, said: “With the closure of theatres set to continue for some time, the future of the industry for artists and organisations remains uncertain. The National Theatre has, in agreement with Equity, committed to pay all artists and creatives involved with productions streamed as part of National Theatre at Home.

“I’m delighted that in this next collection of titles to be streamed as part of National Theatre at Home we are including productions from our NT Live partner theatres. When we launched National Theatre at Home last month, we wanted to offer audiences the opportunity to engage with theatre during this time of isolation while we were unable to welcome them to the South Bank or into cinemas.

“This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a great number of artists for which we are incredibly grateful. We have been absolutely thrilled by the response from viewers enjoying the productions from right across the globe, and we have also been surprised and delighted at the generous donations we’ve received since closure.

“Whilst the National Theatre continues to face a precarious financial future, we now feel able to make a payment to all artists involved, as we recognise a great many are also experiencing a particularly challenging time at this moment. While theatres across the world remain closed, we're pleased that we can continue to bring the best of British theatre directly into people’s homes every Thursday evening.

“The National Theatre is currently closed to audiences and like theatres all around the world is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. National Theatre At Home is free of charge but should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, we have launched a public appeal on our home page: nationaltheatre.org.uk

“Money donated via YouTube will be shared with the co-producing theatre organisations of each stream, including the Donmar Warehouse, Fuel, Leeds Playhouse and the Young Vic, helping to also support them through this period of closure and uncertainty. “

For more information on National Theatre At Home go to https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home

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