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Creativity, art and literature have always been above geographical limits, and this lockdown has proved it once again. If you miss being in a theatre and witnessing the splendour unfold, then National Theatre UK has the perfect remedy for you in the form of ‘At Home’. Read on for all the details. By Manya Saini
The Coronavirus crisis has impacted many industries and businesses around the world including the performing arts. Not accepting defeat, many of these legacy hubs have moved their shows online. You can now live stream plays performed by artists for Britain’s famed National Theatre launched virtually for the first time for its ‘At Home’ initiative.
The pre-recorded productions are released weekly on the official YouTube channel of the theatre. The schedule for the next month is a treat for theatre, history, and literature fans around the world. The lineup starts with a critically acclaimed and sold-out show Barber Shop Chronicles on May 14. It comes followed by A Streetcar Named Desire on May 21, This House on May 28, and Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston on June 4.
The shows premiere every Thursday at 7 pm UK time, and each one will remain on YouTube for one week for free in case you miss it.
The initiative was launched as a voluntary fundraising campaign to help the iconic theatre support its actors and staff through the closure period. Even as lockdown restrictions in the UK have been slowly eased, there is still a blanket ban on leisure gatherings. The theatre also had to cancel its world tours for the time being.
On its website, the National Theatre proudly proclaims that it will find a way to come out of the crisis, as “we’re a strong and committed community.” The institution is an iconic cultural hub that has brought to life classic stories and enthralled audiences across the globe.
Tune in with millions of people across the world to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime chance of exploring the mesmerising art from the safety of your home!