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!
June 2020 Titles
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‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations…with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, One Man, Two Guvnors, Twelfth Night, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream saw the Bridge Theatre become a forest—a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs, and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
July 2020 Titles
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An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.
Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya) directs the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun): a brave, illuminating, and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.
This archive recording was captured by the National Theatre in 2016.
A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.
When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness, and long-repressed passion.
Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
Vienna: the music capital of the world.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) plays Salieri—with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Thank you very much for joining us at home!
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.