The National Theatre adds Hansard and Treasure Island to streaming platform National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre has today announced the latest productions to be made available on its streaming platform, National Theatre at Home. Launching today are two National Theatre productions: HansardSimon Woods’ witty and devastating play, directed by Simon Godwin (Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night); and Treasure Islandadapted by Bryony Lavery (Frozen, Kursk) from the iconic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and directed by Polly Findlay (Antigone, Beginning). New productions are added each month and since launching in December 2020, there are now 28 productions available to stream on the platform.  

Simon Woods’ thrilling debut play Hansard features two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings, as Tory politician Robin Hesketh and his wife of 30 years, Diana, on one summer’s morning in 1988. Hansard premiered in the NT’s Lyttelton theatre in August 2019 and was broadcast to cinemas that November. This is the first time it will be available on demand for audiences worldwide.  

Treasure Island features Olivier Award-winner Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke) as Jim and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) as Long John Silver in this rip-roaring adventure for the whole family. Treasure Island premiered in the NT’s Olivier theatre in December 2014 and was broadcast to cinemas in February 2015. The production was available to watch as part of the National Theatre at Home’s YouTube streams in April 2020.  

Also launching today: Chewing Gum Dreamsthe semi-autobiographical one-woman play by Michaela Coel, and The Old Vic and Headlong’s production of All My Sons with Sally Field and Bill Pullman, will now be streaming on the platform with audio-description to support blind and partially sighted audiences worldwide. There are now 17 National Theatre at Home titles available with audio-description. All productions on National Theatre at Home are available with captions.  

National Theatre at Home is available at ntathome.com, with single titles available from £5.99 – £8.99, a monthly subscription for £9.99 or a yearly subscription for £99.99.  

Bloomberg Philanthropies is Headline Sponsor of National Theatre at Home.  

National Theatre at Home is also supported by The Linbury Trust.  

#NationalTheatreatHome        

© Catherine Ashmore

Hansard 

It’s 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.  

Directed by Simon Godwin, Hansard features two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings in this thrilling play by Simon Woods. 

Set and costume design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting design by Jackie Shemesh, music by Michael Bruce, sound design by Christopher Shutt and movement direction by Shelley Maxwell.  

Filmed live in the Lyttelton theatre for National Theatre Live. This production will be available until at least 9 August 2022. 

© Johan Persson

Treasure Island  

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.  

 Adapted by Bryony Lavery from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story, Treasure Island features Patsy Ferran as Jim and Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver in this wonderful adventure for the whole family.  

The cast also includes Gillian Hanna, Aidan Kelly, Alexandra Maher, Nick Fletcher, Heather Dutton, Raj Bajaj, Lena Kaur, Daniel Coonan, David Sterne, Paul Dodds, Johnathon Livingstone, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Angela De Castro, David Langham, Alastair Parker, Oliver Birch, Tim Samuels, Joshua James, Roger Wilson and Ben Thompson.  

Directed by Polly Findlay, with design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music and songs by Dan Jones, songs by John Tams, fight direction by Bret Yount, movement direction by Jack Murphy, illusionist is Chris Fisher, comedy consultant is Clive  Mendus and creative associate is Caroline Valdés.  

Filmed live in the Olivier theatre for National Theatre Live. This production will be available until at least 9 August 2022. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.