Inua Ellam’s Barber Shop Chronicles and James Graham’s This House are among the further productions announced to be streamed as part of the National Theatre at Home initiative.
The initiative sees a new production streamed on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel every Thursday at 7pm, which will be available to watch for free for a week. Productions so far have included Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Following "generous donations" from viewers watching the broadcasts, the National has said it is now able to make a payment to all artists involved in the previous and upcoming National Theatre at Home productions.
Barber Shop Chronicles, which is a co-production with Fuel and Leeds Playhouse, will be available from May 14. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Cyril Nri and Sule Rimi.
The following week, from May 21, will see a broadcast of the Young Vic and Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The production, directed by Benedict Andrews, stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella.
James Graham’s This House, directed by Jeremy Herrin with a cast including Phil Daniels, Reece Dinsdale, Charles Edwards and Vincent Franklin, will then be streamed on May 28.
Fom June 4, the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus will be streamed, directed by Josie Rourke. This stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role, with a cast also including Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay and Mark Gatiss.
There will also be a National Theatre at Home Quiz that will take place at 7pm on May 25. It will be introduced by Graham and will feature Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Lucian Msamati, Meera Syal, Simon Callow, Tamsin Greig, and Jessie Buckley posing questions on topics including science and nature, literature and theatre. The quiz is available via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Lisa Burger, executive director and joint chief executive said: “I’m delighted that in this next collection of titles to be streamed as part of National Theatre at Home we are including productions from our NT Live partner theatres.
"When we launched National Theatre at Home last month, we wanted to offer audiences the opportunity to engage with theatre during this time of isolation while we were unable to welcome them to the South Bank or into cinemas.
"This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a great number of artists for which we are incredibly grateful. We have been absolutely thrilled by the response from viewers enjoying the productions from right across the globe, and we have also been surprised and delighted at the generous donations we’ve received since closure."
Burger added: "Whilst the National Theatre continues to face a precarious financial future, we now feel able to make a payment to all artists involved, as we recognise a great many are also experiencing a particularly challenging time at this moment.
"While theatres across the world remain closed, we’re pleased that we can continue to bring the best of British theatre directly into people’s homes every Thursday evening."