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Fee-paying schools and institutions

Fee-paying schools and institutions

The National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. Our unique collection of 30 titles presents high quality recordings of world-class productions, including a wide range of works regularly studied at secondary / high school and degree level, giving you the best seats in the house whenever you want.

From Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to contemporary literary adaptations, the Collection features productions from the National Theatre, as well as the Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and Bridge Theatre.

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

The National Theatre Collection is available through Bloomsbury’s award-winning digital library Drama Online and as a stand-alone resource from renowned EdTech leader ProQuest. ProQuest will also integrate the collection in its popular Theatre and Drama Premium. 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. 

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Bloomsbury Publishing has extended its free trial period for academic institutions, such as universities, libraries and independent schools, until the end of July 2020, as they continue to support the educational community across the globe.

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Theatre for Younger Audiences

Introduce your pupils to Shakespeare with vibrant adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale for younger audiences. They can also discover the magic of storytelling with adaptations of the classic novels Peter Pan and Treasure Island.

English Literature

Explore Shakespeare with productions of Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), as well as acclaimed adaptations of literary classics Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and Small Island.

Drama and Theatre Studies

Discover a range of theatrical styles, from Greek tragedies including Antigone and Medea, to American greats of A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Young Vic) and Les Blancs, and European 20th century classics: Yerma (Young Vic), The Cherry Orchard, The Deep Blue Sea and Translations.

Technical Theatre and Production Arts

Compare examples of extraordinary design and theatre-craft through a diverse range of productions and genres, including classic comedies One Man, Two Guvnors, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, and visionary works of new writing, such as Dara, Consent and

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.


How can I access resources in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?
During this difficult period Bloomsbury are offering an extension to their free trial, which now lasts until the end of June 2020. Details of how to sign up to a free trial can be found here: 


Is the NT Collection different to National Theatre On Demand In Schools?
Yes. The NT Collection draws on ten years of NT Live broadcasts alongside Archive recordings which have never before been seen outside of the National Theatre Archive, allowing us to share a larger and more diverse selection of productions. There are 30 productions currently available, and we intend to continue to grow the collection in the future with additional educational resources and further titles.

What’s happening to National Theatre On Demand in Schools?
National Theatre On Demand In Schools will continue to be available to fee-paying schools in the UK who are already signed-up to the service until the end of March 2020. After that point, you will need to subscribe to the NT Collection via Bloomsbury or ProQuest.

Is the NT Collection a free service?
No, the service is available as either a subscription or a one-off purchase. Pricing will vary depending on nature and size of your institution. The service is available to schools on a subscription service. For more information please visit either:

How do I sign up?
Visit either:

I belong to a UK state-funded school - do I have to pay?
No - the National Theatre Collection is available for free to all UK state-funded school. Find out more and sign up now via Drama Online

Do I have to belong to an educational organisation to access the NT Collection?
Yes, the NT Collection is available exclusively to educational institutions.

The National Theatre Collection is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Fondation Hoffmann, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, The Cranshaw Corporation for Mrs. Robert I. MacDonald and The Attwood Education Foundation.