National Theatre Collection

National Theatre Collection

National Theatre Collection contains 50 high-definition streaming videos of live theatre productions by the U.K.’s National Theatre, accompanied by archival materials such as prompt scripts and costume designs. It includes both productions of new works by contemporary playwrights and new productions of classic plays, including Greek theatre, works by Shakespeare, and 20th-century classics. These new productions feature contemporary settings, diverse casts and production staff, and modern applications of enduring social issues. Productions feature major directors and actors as well as emerging talent.

Each video is accompanied by subtitles, and a "Related Documents" tab includes supplementary teaching materials. The platform offers the ability to create playlists, create video clips, permalink to videos, and embed videos in course management systems. The videos (but not the archival materials) are also available on the Alexander Street video platform, which offers searchable transcripts.

Rutgers University Libraries has purchased Volumes I and II of the National Theatre Collection.

Dates covered

21st century productions of plays written from ancient times to the 21st century