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National Theatre Live


Always the best seat in the house

National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre to cinema screens across the UK and around the world.

With state-of-the-art filming techniques, tailored to every play, we bring you each performance as it happens, in all its glory. From close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage.

Whether you come along to the live broadcast, or catch one of many replays, you’ll have the best seats in the house.

And you’ll be part of something much bigger. There’ll be thousands of other people all around the world watching along with you. Sharing every gasp, every laugh, every dramatic moment.

This is theatre for everyone.

We film our plays in front of a live theatre audience, but optimise everything for the big screen so it’s the next best thing to being there.The actors on stage deliver their performances as they normally would any other night. But to make sure our audiences watching in cinema have the best seat in the house, we tailor the position of our cameras to capture each production and work closely with technical teams to make sure every element on stage such as lighting, hair and make-up look fantastic on the big screen.

We broadcast the live performance from the stage directly to cinemas across the UK, Europe and sometimes North America. The live footage from the broadcast is then packaged and shared, unedited, with cinemas around the world to screen at a time that suits them.

There is no difference between what you see in the live broadcast and a repeat screening. We pride ourselves in the high quality of our plays and work closely with our cinema partners to make sure your experience in cinemas is the best it possibly can be.

We hope you can join us for one of our upcoming broadcasts, and be a part of a global event, sharing every moment of drama with a community of thousands

Satellites allow the productions to be broadcast live, without delay, to cinemas throughout the UK as well as many European venues. Other venues view the broadcasts 'as live' according to their time zone, or at a later date. We record this first broadcast on the day of performance (usually Thursday mornings at 10:00am because of the time difference) and then screen it at a later time.