The National Theatre has announced the next titles to be streamed free on YouTube during the lockdown.
The big names on offer include Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Tom Hiddleston in Copriolanus.
But the schedule starts on May 14 with an archive recording of Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles, a co-production with Fuel and Leeds Playhouse, directed by Bijan Sheibani. Starring Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun and Cyril Nri, it was filmed at the National’s Dorfman theatre in 2018.
On May 21, it's Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois (above) in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Benedict Andrews. Vanessa Kirby stars as Stella.
The National’s production of the political comedy This House by James Graham follows on May 28. Directed by Jeremy Herrin and filmed in 2013, it stars Phil Daniels as Bob Mellish, Labour chief whip during Britain’s 1974 parliamentary crisis.
The Donmar Warehouse’s 2013 staging of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Josie Rourke will be streamed on June 4.
All productions will be screened live at 7pm and will be available on demand for seven days. The streams are free but include a request for viewers to consider a donation.
The National is also running a series of quizzes on YouTube. The next is on May 25, introduced by James Graham, with questions posed by Imelda Staunton, Lucian Msamati, Meera Syal and Jessie Buckley.