National Theatre Live adds The Seagull, The Crucible and Othello to winter season

The National Theatre today announces three new National Theatre Live productions that will be broadcast to audiences in cinemas in the UK and beyond, with tickets now on sale.

Witness Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of love and loneliness in The Seagull, uniquely modernised in this ‘brave, compelling, powerful’ (The Guardian) adaptation by Anya Reiss for The Jamie Lloyd Company. Featuring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) in her West End debut, Jamie Lloyd directs following his Olivier award-winning production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Captured live on stage in London’s West End, The Seagull is set for release in cinemas in November 2022.

Emilia Clarke, on the NT Live broadcast, said:

“We are so excited to share The Seagull with audiences around the world through National Theatre Live. Bringing theatre to a wider audience is incredibly meaningful to me and I hope you’ll join us to see The Seagull unveiled on the big screen this autumn!”

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma), returning in an urgent and contemporary new staging by director, Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet), and designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). This captivating parable of power marks the first NT Live production of the new year, filmed at the National Theatre and broadcast from January 2023.

Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, Othello returns to the National Theatre and will be captured by NT Live for release in February 2023. Leading the cast are Giles Terera (Hamilton) as Othello, Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) as Desdemona and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) as Iago, in an extraordinary new production directed by Clint Dyer (Death of England: Parts 1, 2 and 3).

The productions join the NT Live’s current programme, including the sell-out Prima Facie, featuring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) in a standout performance, in partnership with Empire Street Productions, from 21 July. Followed by Much Ado About Nothing, with Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) as Beatrice and Benedick, broadcast live from the National Theatre on 8 September; and Jack Absolute Flies Again, a rollicking new production with Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Guilty Party), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale), from 6 October.

Sky Arts is the Headline Partner of National Theatre Live in the UK. The new season of productions includes:

The Seagull

Thursday 3 November for Global release
by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Anya Reiss 
directed by Jamie Lloyd

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.

Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage.

Cast includes Jason Barnett, Emilia Clarke, Robert Glenister, Tom Rhys Harries, Mika Onyx Johnson, Gerald Kyd, Daniel Monks, Sara Powell, Indira Varma and Sophie Wu.

The Seagull is currently running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 10 September. Filmed live in London’s West End.

The Crucible

Thursday 26 January 2023 in the UK/Ireland
Thursday 2 March 2023 internationally
by Arthur Miler 
directed by Lyndsey Turner

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.  As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.


Thursday 23 February 2023 in the UK/Ireland
Thursday 27 April 2023 internationally
by William Shakespeare
directed by Clint Dyer

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

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