The first free broadcast stars James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors.
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Want to take a trip to the theater without leaving your home? Thanks to London’s National Theatre, now you can. The curtain is rising on a new program that invites fans to watch plays from past seasons for free online each week. Every Thursday, the National Theatre will stream one of their acclaimed productions on YouTube. They’re calling it National Theatre at Home, and the initiative is drawing on the National Theatre Live program, which records full-length productions every season and streams them live to cinemas around the world.

The National Theatre at Home program begins on Thursday, April 2, 2020, with One Man, Two Guvnors, a Brighton-set slapstick comedy that premiered at the National Theatre in 2011. It stars James Corden in performance that earned him a Tony Award when the production transferred to Broadway. According to the National Theatre, the play will stream for free beginning at 7 pm UK time on April 2, and it will be available until April 9. (7 pm UK time is 2 pm ET.) Watch a clip below.

Watch a clip from One Man, Two Guvnors:

Each play will be available to stream for one week. The other productions that will soon be available to watch online include Sally Cookson’s 2017 Jane Eyre (April 9-16), a 2014 Bryony Lavery-directed production of Treasure Island (April 16-23), and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (April 23-30) starring Tamsin Greig. Viewers can find more information on the program at nationaltheatre.org.uk, and the plays will be available to watch on the National Theatre YouTube channel.

If you enjoy the productions and want to support the work of the National Theatre, you can show your thanks by making a donation online at nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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Are you looking forward to tuning into the National Theatre at Home broadcasts on YouTube? What plays are you looking forward to seeing?