The Hammer is excited to announce National Theatre At Home, a brand new program with our longtime partner, National Theatre Live!


Specially selected and family-friendly titles will be free to stream on National Theatre’s YouTube channel, and available for one week only.


Check below to see the schedule of productions for April!



May 2020 Titles

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Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, James Bond: Spectre) and Sophie Okonedo (Chimerica, Hotel Rwanda) play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Simon Godwin (Hansard, Twelfth Night) directed this critically acclaimed production at the National Theatre in 2018.

This filmed performance was given a BBFC rating of 12A and contains some staged violence and flashing lights.

Join us on Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 PM for a post-screening talk-back with Shannon Miller, Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts!

Dean Miller has been at San José State University since Fall of 2014, when she joined the faculty as the Department Chair of the English and Comparative Literature Department. Before coming to San José State, Shannon Miller chaired the Department of English at Temple University for 6 years; she began teaching at Temple University in 1993. Dr. Miller earned her M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) in Renaissance Literature at UC Santa Barbara, and her B.A. in English at Dartmouth College.

To register, click here. You’ll receive a confirmation email and a link to the webinar.

Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, a world tour, and a hugely successful summer residency at London’s Roundhouse, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles is now available to watch through National Theatre at Home!

Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit, and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani, Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra over the course of a single day.

Learn more about how they made the film here.

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval

Gillian Anderson (All About EveThe X-FilesThe FallSex Education) plays Blanche DuBois with Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (JulieThe CrownMission Impossible) as Stella.

As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace—but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

This critically acclaimed production was filmed live on stage at the Young Vic in 2014 by National Theatre Live.

BBFC rating 15 when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Running time: 3 hours 25 minutes, short interval

Enjoying two sold-out National Theatre runs, filmed live on stage in 2013, and a West End transfer, This House is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (Ink, ITV’s Quiz).

It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.

During this era of chaos, when a staggering number of politicians die and age-old traditions are thrown aside, MPs find they must roll up their sleeves, and bend the rules, to navigate a way through the Mother of all Parliaments.

Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) directs this much-loved production, called “a quirky approach to an extraordinary period of political history” (Daily Express).

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes, short interval

June 2020 Titles

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Tom Hiddleston (Betrayal, The Avengers, The Night Manager) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too.

As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs the company including Mark Gatiss (The Madness of George III, League of Gentlemen), Hadley Fraser (Long Day’s Journey Into NightYoung Frankenstein), Alfred Enoch (TreeHarry Potter film series), and Deborah Findlay (Allelujah!Top Girls).

Coriolanus was filmed live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 by National Theatre Live.

BBFC rating 12A when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring occasional gore and staged violence.

Running Time: 3 hours, short interval

Future titles streamed in June will be released at a later date. Stay Tuned!

Live Post-Screening Talk-Backs

And that’s not all! For select screenings, San José State University faculty will be hosting special, online, post-screening discussions to accompany National Theatre At Home streaming programs.

Join us on select Sundays at 4:00 PM to discuss the ins and outs of the screenings you’ve seen! Are you a theatre geek? A casual observer? A passerby? Come and chat with us!

Check the schedule to the left to register for the webinars.