Pepperdine Libraries are trialing the National Theatre Collection from Alexander Street through January 31, 2020. The National Theatre Collection brings the stage to life through access to streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering insight into theatre and performance studies. Through a collaboration with the U.K.’s National Theatre, this collection offers a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive.
Drawing from 10 years of National Theatre Live broadcasts, the video content includes 19 video performances and will expand in 2020 to 30. In addition to video performances, the database features exclusive digitized archival materials such as prompt scripts and costume designs to provide background and contextual information. For example, the resource features excerpts from the Costume Bible from the video production of Frankenstein, created by designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb for the 2011 production at the Olivier Theatre.
The National Theatre Collection features a wide range of works, including:
- Literary adaptations such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller
- Greek classics such as Medea by Euripides, in a contemporary adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell with Helen McCrory in the title role
- Vibrant modern stagings of Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin with Tamsin Greig in the role of Malvolia
- 20th-century classics such as Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs and the Young Vic’s production of Lorca’s Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone with Billie Piper in the title role
- Comedies such as She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly, and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner and featuring James Corden’s Tony Award-winning performance
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