100 plays in cinemas

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National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre to a cinema screen near you.

Whether you show up for serious drama, romcoms or sold-out award-winning hits, we bring you unmissable theatre, filmed live from Britain’s most exciting stages.

Our programme

You’ll always have the best seat in the house. Whether you’re watching Kit Harington go to battle in Henry V, or Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering her solo tour de force in Fleabag, you’ll be at the heart of the action.

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We broadcast to over 700 cinemas across the UK as well as around the globe.

Join over 11 million people who show up for National Theatre Live.

This year marks our 100th play released on the big screen. Thank you to all who have joined us so far in cinemas.

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Sky Arts is the proud sponsor of National Theatre Live in the UK

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Our home is at the National Theatre in London.

We make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. We hope you can visit us soon.

How do we do it?

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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.

Want to know more?

Browse our frequently asked questions here.

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Share the magic of theatre with your audience.

We are a market leading event cinema distributor with an audience of more than 11 million people across 65 countries.

We make often sold-out plays and iconic stage performances accessible to theatre fans around the world. From Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet and Gillian Anderson in All About Eve to Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag .

Our content is provided at the highest possible specification, with quality prioritized at every stage of the production and delivery process. Our aim is to make the big screen experience the next best thing to being there for your audience.

With more than a decade of experience finding audiences for event cinema, we will provide audience insight to support your screenings, accompanied by exceptional marketing content including trailers, posters and social media content.

Wherever you are in the world, we’d love to work with you.