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National Theatre Collection

Medea 2014: Helen McCrory as Medea

National Theatre Collection

The National Theatre Collection, drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts and high-quality archive recordings, will make the best of British theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector.

In partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest, the Collection will go live in September with 15 plays, growing to 30 titles by March 2020, and will feature a wide range of works regularly studied at secondary/high school and degree level.

It will transform the current landscape of theatre studies and digital learning by connecting students, researchers and teachers across the globe to world-class productions, archive materials and learning resources. 

The National Theatre Collection will be available via two models: a one-time payment for the full collection, or via an annual subscription. 

Unique in its scope, the Collection will encompass:

  • Greek classics such as Medea by Euripides, in a contemporary adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell with Helen McCrory in the title role
  • Vibrant modern stagings of Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin, with Tamsin Greig in the role of ‘Malvolia’
  • 20th century classics such as Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs and the Young Vic’s production of Lorca’s Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone with Billie Piper in the title role
  • Literary adaptations, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
  • Comedies such as She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly, and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and featuring James Corden's Tony Award-winning performance


For more information and details of how to access the National Theatre Collection, please visit:
Drama Online
UK schools can access a selection of recordings and resources for free - find out more here

The National Theatre Collection is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Foundation Hoffmann, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and The Attwood Education Foundation.