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David Morrisey as Mark Antony in Bridge Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar, which will be available to stream via the National Theatre Collection

Eleanor Philpot

National Theatre Collection now available for free for UK state schools

6:28, 21st January 2020

The National Theatre’s online streaming service, National Theatre Collection is now available free of charge to all UK state schools and state-funded further education colleges. Recorded performances available include, Macbeth, Othello, Frankenstein, Treasure Island and One Man, Two Governors, among others, as well as adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale suitable for primary school students. These recordings will be accompanied by learning resources such as rehearsal insights and short videos, with further resources for exploring backstage and technical aspects to be added later this year.

Alice King-Farlow, director of learning at the National Theatre says, ‘We are thrilled to announce that the National Theatre Collection is now available free for state schools to access, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. No matter where they are in the UK, students and teachers will be able to explore 30 productions, supported with teaching resources, showcasing a breadth of titles, writers and practitioners and offering an insight into all aspects of theatre-making. The National Theatre believes all young people in the UK should have the opportunity to watch, make and explore theatre as part of a broad and balanced education, and the National Theatre Collection is an essential part of our commitment to schools nationwide. We would like to extend our thanks to the rightsholders of these materials who have made this service possible.’

Jenny Ridout, global head of academic publishing at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. says, ‘We are delighted to be further developing our partnership with the National Theatre on Drama Online in this free collection for UK state schools and state-funded FE colleges. This ensures that as wide a range of students and teachers as possible can take their virtual seats on the South Bank to enjoy and study world-class theatre, via Bloomsbury’s world leading digital drama platform, to inspire and entertain, and to help create the theatre writers, performers, designers and audiences of the future.’

Alex Harris, head of drama at Spires College in Torquay says, ‘Being able to watch the very best of British theatre allows me as a teacher to share with my students what is possible on stage. Being based in Torquay means that access to a wide range of styles of theatre can be limited and so streaming National Theatre productions in the classroom means that my students can experience different styles and genres that will hopefully ignite a life-long passion for the arts. I have had great success using the Collection to teach students about the technical elements of theatre and showing them what can be achieved through lighting, sound, media and stage design has opened their eyes to the potential of these production elements and their impact on a performance.’

Teachers can sign up now by visiting: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntcollection    

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