National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre to cinemas across the world.


Whether you show up for serious drama, romcoms or sold-out award-winning hits, we bring you unmissable theatre, filmed live from Britain’s most exciting stages.


You’ll always have the best seat in the house. Whether you’re watching Kit Harington go to battle in Henry V, or Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering her solo tour de force in Fleabag, you’ll be at the heart of the action.


We broadcast to over 700 cinemas across the UK as well as around the globe.


Join over 11 million people who show up for National Theatre Live.

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BBFC Rating: (15)

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie
  • 131mins | BBFC Rating: (15)

Showing from Tue 16 Aug

Jodie Comer ( Killing Eve ) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, Prima Facie . Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game. Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End. "West End debuts don't come much more astonishing than this." ★★★★ The Telegraph "Rest assured, you're in for something special." ★★★★ The Times
BBFC Rating: (12A)

National Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

National Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 180mins | BBFC Rating: (12A)

Showing from Wed 7 Sep

Katherine Parkinson ( The IT Crowd ) and John Heffernan ( Dracula ) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.  The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riviera has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.  Following the success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet , Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra , director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage. 
BBFC Rating: (12A)

National Theatre: Jack Absolute Flies Again

National Theatre: Jack Absolute Flies Again
  • 180mins | BBFC Rating: (12A)

Showing from Thu 6 Oct

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean ( One Man, Two Guvnors ) and Oliver Chris ( Twelfth Night ), based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals . After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms. Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals . Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher. 
rated (TBC)

National Theatre: The Seagull

National Theatre: The Seagull
  • 180mins | rated (TBC)

Showing from Thu 3 Nov

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness. A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other. Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).
rated (TBC)

National Theatre: The Crucible

National Theatre: The Crucible
  • 180mins | rated (TBC)

Showing from Thu 26 Jan

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.
rated (TBC)

NT: Othello

NT: Othello
  • 180mins | rated (TBC)

Showing from Thu 23 Feb

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwan (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance). She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.
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