National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre of Great Britain's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

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Now celebrating its 7th year broadcasting live performances to cinema screens internationally, National Theatre Live has now been experienced by over 4 million people worldwide. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include the record-breaking broadcast of Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet, Helen Mirren’s award-winning performance in The Audience, the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, in the title role; the Young Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson; Skylight from the West End with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan; the Young Vic production of A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong; George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes; and Everyman starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live, without delay, to cinemas throughout the UK as well as many European venues. Other venues view the broadcasts 'as live' according to their time zone, or at a later date.