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NT Collection Free for State Schools (Your News)

NT Collection Free for State Schools (Your News)

By Rhian Bennett

The National Theatre Collection is now available free of charge to state schools and state-funded further education colleges across the UK in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing.
The collection provides high-quality recordings of thirty world-class productions, drawing from ten years of NT Live broadcasts and never before released productions from the National Theatre’s Archive.
Schools & further education colleges can register now via Bloomsbury Publishing’s award-winning digital library Drama Online. Celebrating the best of contemporary British theatre, the titles will support learning across the primary and secondary curriculum and include:
> Shakespeare set texts including Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night and King Lear (Donmar) in vibrant modern stagings;
> Novels brought to life in exciting literary adaptations such as Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre;
> A range of theatrical styles and genres from Greek tragedies including Medea and Antigone to 20th Century classics such as The Cherry Orchard, The Deep Blue Sea and Yerma (Young Vic);
> Examples of extraordinary design and theatrecraft in productions ranging from One Man, Two Guvnors to Les Blancs;
> Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale created specially for younger audiences and suitable for primary schools.

Recordings are accompanied by learning resources to explore the craft behind the best of British theatre including rehearsal insights and short videos. Further resources exploring backstage aspects such as lighting, sound and staging will be added later in the year. The easy-to-use platform includes helpful features such as scene-by-scene selections and synopses, theme and key word searches.
Teachers can sign up now to National Theatre Collection on Bloomsbury’s Drama Online Platform via:
Other academic institutions such as libraries, universities, independent schools can access National Theatre Collection via a one-time payment for the full collection or, via an annual subscription in partnership with ProQuest and Bloomsbury.
Developed in partnership by Bloomsbury Publishing and Faber & Faber, Drama Online was created as a response to the need for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors and teachers.
Drama Online is a fast-growing study resource which now features over 2,500 playtexts, 800 playwrights, 400 audio plays, 300 hours of video, and 330 scholarly books from leading theatre publishers and companies, offering a complete multimedia experience of theatre.
It is the only resource to combine exclusively available playtext content and scholarly publications with filmed live performances, film adaptations and audio plays.