Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, and Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, will be the next productions added to the National Theatre’s home streaming schedule.
The NT has confirmed two more titles for its NT at Home series, alongside announcing a monthly virtual quiz, presented by quizmasters including Helen Mirren, Lenny Henry, Lesley Manville and Ian McKellen.
Beginning on April 27, the NT will present a quiz on the last Monday of each month, hosted on its YouTube and Facebook channels.
It has enlisted the help of stage and screen actors to ask questions about the NT as well as topics including history, sport and nature.
The latest plans come as the theatre reaches a month of streaming NT Live productions to audiences at home during lockdown.
Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein, which ran at the NT in 2011, saw Cumberbatch and Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation and also starred Naomie Harris.
Both versions will be streamed by NT at Home, on consecutive nights: April 30 and May 1.
The following week will see Fiennes and Okonedo take on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, which was staged by Simon Godwin in 2018. This will stream on May 7.
As with the first month of NT at Home productions, shows will be made available on YouTube at 7pm on the specified day, and will remain available, for free, for the following week.
Further titles will be announced soon.
Rufus Norris, director and joint chief executive, said: "We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response to National Theatre at Home since we launched at the start of April. We know that these are difficult and challenging times for many, and we hope that through this initiative we’re able to supply a weekly slice of entertainment for people to enjoy together, albeit digitally, when each production goes out at 7pm on Thursdays.
"I’d like to thank all the artists and creatives who have continued to support us in being able to deliver this programme for free and also the public for tuning in every week and sharing their experiences of National Theatre at Home from right across the world.”
In addition to the extension of NT at Home, the theatre has added six new titles to its NT Collection, which is intended for teachers and pupils learning at home.