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Musical Theater: From Athens to Broadway

Musical Theater: From Athens to Broadway

Art That Changed America

Musical theater originated in Ancient Greece, but in the late 19th century the artform took America by storm.
The Balcony Scene

The Balcony Scene

National Theatre Learning: Romeo and Juliet

Simon Godwin (Director), Emily Burns (Associate Director), Soutra Gilmour (Designer), Jeannette Nelson (Head of Voice) and actors Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor discuss Shakespeare's famous love scene.
Making Theatre in the Climate Crisis: Designing Paradise and the Theatre Green Book

Making Theatre in the Climate Crisis: Designing Paradise and the Theatre Green Book

Go behind the scenes to discover how artists like Paradise designer Rae Smith and director Ian Rickson are working to make theatre more sustainably.
Romeo & Juliet: Filming in a Pandemic

Romeo & Juliet: Filming in a Pandemic

National Theatre Learning: How We Made It

Romeo & Juliet was filmed on a single stage at the National Theatre over seventeen days during a global pandemic. Learn from the cast and creative teams how it was possible.
Our Ship Lies in Harbour: The Power of Music in Rockets And Blue Lights

Our Ship Lies in Harbour: The Power of Music in Rockets And Blue Lights

"To sing together really helps us to deal with this material and release pain, release things that we're holding onto." The cast of the National Theatre's 2021 production Rockets and Blue Lights sing sea shanty 'Our Ship Lies in Harbour' together...Show More
Exploring the Queen Mab Speech with Emily Burns and Fisayo Akinade

Exploring the Queen Mab Speech with Emily Burns and Fisayo Akinade

National Theatre Learning: Romeo and Juliet

Emily Burns (Adapter and Associate Director) and Fisayo Akinade (Mercutio) in conversation about the Queen Mab speech from Romeo and Juliet. Emily and Fisayo discuss various interpretations of this scene and the choices behind how it was...Show More
Masked Ball Dance Tutorial

Masked Ball Dance Tutorial

National Theatre Learning: Romeo and Juliet

Movement director Shelley Maxwell gives background to her role and talks through a tutorial for creating a movement sequence for stage.
Kids Ask the Cast

Kids Ask the Cast

National Theatre Learning: Romeo and Juliet

Josh O’Connor, Jessie Buckley and the cast of our Romeo & Juliet film are put to the test with amazing questions from school children. Find out about their stage fails, whether they think the Nurse and Friar would make a good couple, and if...Show More
Preparing for the Role

Preparing for the Role

National Theatre Learning: Romeo and Juliet

The company of the National Theatre's Romeo & Juliet film talk through their different processes for preparing for their roles.
The Theatre Rehearsal Process with Inua Ellams and Nadia Fall

The Theatre Rehearsal Process with Inua Ellams and Nadia Fall

National Theatre Learning: Three Sisters

What is the theatre rehearsal process like? Inua Ellams (writer) and Nadia Fall (director) of Three Sisters at the National Theatre discuss.
Sailmaker in Context

Sailmaker in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the early 20th century, Scotland’s shipyards went from being the busiest in the world to relics of the past. Discussing Scotland’s industrial transformation and subsequent decline, changing gender roles and societal norms, as well as the...Show More
Men Should Weep in Context

Men Should Weep in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the 1930s, life for Glaswegians living in tenements was characterised by unemployment, poverty, disease and deprivation. Discussing Scotland’s economic decline and depression, life in Glasgow tenements and changing gender roles and...Show More
Tally's Blood in Context

Tally's Blood in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the early 20th century, Glasgow became home to the third-largest Italian community in the United Kingdom. Discussing the reasons for Italian immigration to Scotland, Scottish patriotism and anti-immigrant prejudice and societal structures in...Show More
The Music of Small Island

The Music of Small Island

National Theatre Learning: How We Made It

'It's basically the story of my family.' Small Island's composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell was inspired by Jamaican mento music to build a world of instrumentation, orchestration and sound. This behind the scenes video features his insight, as well...Show More
Binaural Sound Design in ANNA

Binaural Sound Design in ANNA

National Theatre Learning: How We Made It

How do you create live theatre in a glass box? With binaural audio! The cast of ANNA (2019) performed in a glass box on stage with the audience at the National Theatre all wearing headphones.
An Introduction

An Introduction

National Theatre Learning: Translations

Professor James Moran introduces Brian Friel's play Translations, alongside footage from the 2019 National Theatre production.
Teaser Trailer

Teaser Trailer

National Theatre Learning: Top Girls

The National Theatre's innovative 'teaser' trailer for the 2019 production of Top Girls, filmed on a disused London Underground train.
An Introduction from the Cast

An Introduction from the Cast

National Theatre Learning: Top Girls

Members of the 18-strong all female cast of Top Girls tell us more about the National Theatre's landmark production of Caryl Churchill's classic play from 2019.
Amadeus: Singing Opera

Amadeus: Singing Opera

National Theatre Learning: How We Made It

Soprano Fleur de Bray shares her preparation techniques for the Queen of the Night aria, including warm-up exercises and commentary, through performance.
'Aistriúcháin': A poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn

'Aistriúcháin': A poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn

National Theatre Learning: Translations

Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee perform 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin', a poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, at Southbank Centre's National Poetry Library.
Sisterhood

Sisterhood

National Theatre Learning: Three Sisters

Actors Sarah Niles, Racheal Ofori and Natalie Simpson talk about the importance of sisterhood in Inua Ellams' adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Favourite Lines

Favourite Lines

National Theatre Learning: Translations

The cast of Translations share their favourite lines in the show.
The Play

The Play

National Theatre Learning: Three Sisters

Actors Sarah Niles, Racheal Ofori and Natalie Simpson talk about the background of Inua Ellams' adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
What is Brian Friel's Play About? Part One

What is Brian Friel's Play About? Part One

National Theatre Learning: Translations

The cast of Translations discuss the plot and themes of the play.
What is Brian Friel's Play About? Part Two

What is Brian Friel's Play About? Part Two

National Theatre Learning: Translations

The cast of Translations discuss the plot and themes of the play.