Ten New Productions Added to the National Theater Collection for Schools, Colleges, Universities and Libraries to Access Worldwide

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With 75% of UK public secondary schools enrolled in The National Theater Collection, ten additional productions will now be available to schools, colleges and educational institutions starting today in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest, part of Clarivate. These ten new productions will complete the second Collection, making 50 titles available to the education sector worldwide.

New titles include:

  • The award-winning new production of Tony Kushnerthe two-part play from Angels in America (parts 1 and 2) with Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey and James McArdle
  • Award-winning solo piece Chewing Gum Dreams written and performed by Michaela Coel
  • Original award-winning film Romeo and Juliet directed by National Theater Associate Simon Godwin and featuring Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor
  • Jack ThorneAfter Life’s adaptation of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning film in a new co-production with Headlong, a surreal and powerfully human look at how we perceive our lives
  • Nadia ChuteHome’s verbatim play about people living on the margins of society with performances by Michaela Coel, Antonia Thomas and Kadiff Kirwan
  • Kae Tempest’s epic new take on the Greek legend Paradise directed by Ian Rickson and made by an all-female company
  • A fiercely political play Rockets and Blue Lights directed by Miranda Cromwell in co-production with the Manchester Royal Exchange Theater
  • 20th century historical musical The Threadpenny Opera adapted by playwright simon stephensfeaturing Rory Kinner
  • Caryl ChurchillTop Girls’ wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions, directed by Lyndsey Turner

Free to UK state-funded schools and FE colleges, the NT Collection celebrates the best of British theater and provides access to high-quality recordings of world-class productions from NT and other major UK theatres, as well as to learning resources. The productions available range from Greek classics to literary adaptations and since the launch of the digital resource in September 2019, they have been streamed over 2.4 million times to educational institutions in 57 countries, including Sweden, the United States States, Peru and Indonesia.

Written and filmed learning resources complement the school curriculum and include rehearsal logs, archival material, and interviews with cast and creative team members to explore the craft behind the scene. A new series of videos now available on the NT platform and YouTube channel, In Search of Greek Theatre, in association with Durham University, explores how classical Greek plays have been communicated and interpreted through performance during a virtual tour of the NT archives.

Alice King-Farlow, director of NT Learning, said: “So many teachers and students in the UK and around the world use The National Theater Collection to enrich their learning and bring these pieces to life in the classroom. We are therefore delighted to expand this rich collection of resources in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest. By sharing these world-class productions and a vast array of learning materials, we hope to open up access to the arts and inspire students to explore the world of theater in new ways.”

A teacher at Hollingworth Academy in Rochdale said: “For many of our students, The National Theater can feel far away. But, being able to watch these productions here, now, in their classroom, they feel this is their National Theatre.”

To register and for more information, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntcollection

The National Theater Collection is available through both Bloomsbury Publishing’s award-winning Drama Online platform and renowned EdTech leader ProQuest’s Alexander Street platform, part of Clarivate.

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