Mount Vernon, Washington

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.

Advance Tickets: $18 general, $16 seniors, $14 students and children ($16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students and children for encores), with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members. 10% discount for the purchase of 4 productions in the 2019/20 season.

2019/20 SEASON:

Please join us for one, or all, of these fabulous broadcasts. Click on the links below for more information and tickets:

All About Eve Sunday, April 28, 1:00pm | Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

The Audience (Encore) | Sunday, June 9, 1:00pm | Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production

Small Island | Sunday, Jun 30, 1:00 pm |  ‘A bonus treat from Alan Bennett that leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness.’ Independent

Hamlet  (Encore) | Sunday, Jul 14, 1:00 pm | NT Live’s smash-hit presentation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch

The Lehman Trilogy | Sunday, Jul 28, 1:00 pm |

Fleabag | | Thursday, Sept 26, 7:30pm | featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge creator and star of the Amazon series of the same name, and the developer of BBC's Killing Eve

One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore)Sunday, Sep 29, 1:00 pm | featuring James Cordon

A Midsummer Night's Dream |  Saturday, Oct 19, 1:00pm |  featuring Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles

Hansard | Saturday, Nov 16, 1:00 pm |  featuring two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the VanThe Queen)

Present Laughter | Sunday, December 29, 1:00pm | Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

All My Sons | Sunday, January 19, 1:00 pm | starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman

Cyrano de Bergerac | POSTPONED NEW DATE TBD | starring James McAvoy

The Welkin | CANCELLED |  As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

More productions coming soon!