Treasure Island is next National Theatre at Home YouTube broadcast

The National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island will be the next show to be broadcast on YouTube as part of National Theatre at Home.

National Theatre Live - Treasure Island
National Theatre Live - Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny will be brought to life in Bryony Lavery’s stage adaptation.

It will be streamed as part of National Theatre at Home, the National’s new initiative to screen a selection of much-loved National Theatre Live productions on YouTube for free during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic will be shown on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm.

Spokeswoman Elaine Jones said: “It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

“During this unprecedented time which has seen the closure of theatres, cinemas and schools, National Theatre At Home is providing access to content online to serve audiences in their homes.

“Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube every Thursday at 7pm and it will then be available on demand for seven days. Following Treasure Island, Twelfth Night on April 23 featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with further titles to be announced.

“Alongside the streamed productions, National Theatre At Home will also feature accompanying interactive content such as Q&As with cast and creative teams and post-stream talks, with further details of this programme to be announced.”

National Theatre Live turned ten on June 25 last year – the date of the first ever NT Live broadcast which was Phedre starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. Over ten years more than 80 theatre productions have been shown in 3,500 venues worldwide, reaching an overall audience of more than 10 million people.

NT Live currently screens in 2,500 venues across 65 countries. Recent broadcasts include Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy, Present Laughter with Andrew Scott, Fleabag with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, All My Sons with Sally Field and Bill Pullman, All About Eve with Gillian Anderson and Lily James, Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Julius Caesar with David Morrissey and Ben Whishaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller.


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