Three of the five productions just announced in the National Theatre’s NT at Home series will be audio described. Links to the audio-described videos will be available closer to the streaming date, but below we’ve given more information about each production, and links to the Audio Introductions available on the NT’s website.
Streaming from 7pm on 18 June to 7pm on 25 June
Adapted from Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel by Helen Edmundson and staged by the National’s Artistic Director, Rufus Norris, with a company of 40 actors and a running time of nearly 3 hours, Small Island sold out in 2019. The 5-star review in the Guardian described this epic production about Jamaican immigrants in post war Britain as “a landmark in the National Theatre’s history”. Its streaming coincides with Windrush Day 2020 (22 June).
Audio described version developed by Roz Chalmers and Louise Fryer and recorded by Roz Chalmers.
Audio described notes on the background to the play. (MP3 3 mins 31 secs)
Audio described notes on the, set, costumes and characters (MP3 14 mins 09 secs)
The Deep Blue Sea
Streaming from 7pm on 9 July, until 7pm on 16 July
Helen McCrory stars as Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Rattigan’s devastating portrait of emotional turmoil in post war Britain. When Hester is found by neighbours after a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with an RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. The National Theatre’s 2016 production, directed by Carrie Cracknell, was described as a “standout” by the Times and “stunning” by Time Out in their 5-star reviews.
Audio-described version developed by Louise Fryer and Roz Chalmers and recorded by Louise Fryer.
Audio described notes on the background to the play. (MP3 3 mins 57 secs)
Audio described notes on the, set, costumes and characters (MP3 9 mins 37 secs)
Streaming from 7pm Thursday 16 July until 23 July
Peter Shaffer’s iconic play Amadeus, exploring the tense relationship between young musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and established court musician, Antonio Salieri, premiered at the National Theatre in 1979. In Michael Longhurst’s inventive 2017 production, Lucian Msamati is Salieri and Adam Gillen is Mozart, with on stage musical accompaniment on by Southbank Sinfonia.
Audio-described version written by Tony McBride and Willie Elliott and recorded by Willie Elliott.
Audio described notes on the background to the play. (MP3 2 mins 10 secs)
Audio described notes on the, set, costumes and characters (MP3 15 mins 07 secs)
Audio introductions to two non-described plays are also available now on the NT website: The Madness of King George (currently streaming until 18 June) and Les Blancs (streaming 2-9 July) (Audio described notes on the background to the play. (MP3 1 mins 17 secs) and Audio described notes on the, set, costumes and characters (MP3 11 mins 07 secs)). No AD provision is currently listed for Bridge Theatre’s 2019 immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (streaming 25 June–2 July).
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