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National Theatre At Home - final productions announced

THE National Theatre has announced the final five productions for its National Theatre at Home initiative, which brings theatre to the public in their homes during the Coronavirus outbreak.

They are: Small Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus.

Each production will be broadcast on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel each Thursday at 7pm BST and is available for a week.

Small Island – Streaming from 7pm on June 18 until 7pm on June 25 to mark Windrush Day 2020.

Based on the novel by Andrea Levy and adapted by Helen Edmundson, Small Island was filmed live during its sold-out run in 2019.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the Olivier Theatre in this timely and moving story.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Streaming from 7pm on June 25 until 7pm on July 2.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, The Bridge Theatre’s immersive production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy features Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun, who lead the cast as Titania/Hippolyta, Oberon/Theseus, Puck and Bottom. Read more.

Le Blancs – Streaming from 7pm on July 2 until 7pm on July 9.

Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya) directs the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun): a brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.

This archive recording was captured by the National Theatre in 2016.

The Deep Blue Sea – Streaming from 7pm on July 9 until 7pm on July 16.

Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, played by Helen McCrory.

When Hester Collyer (McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.

Amadeus – Streaming from 7pm on Thursday, July 16 until July 23.

Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, directed by Michael Longhurst with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Amadeus premiered at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

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