Twelfth Night: National Theatre at Home audio-described

We are delighted to share with you the news that the National Theatre has produced an audio-described version of Twelfth Night, premiering on Thursday 23rd April at 7pm as part of the National Theatre at Home series.

The production was originally audio described live on the South Bank by audio describers Willie Elliott and Tony McBride, and working in recent days during the lockdown they have created the recorded description for the NT’s YouTube Channel.  Tony adapted the original live description script, which Willie then recorded and edited before passing to the National Theatre team to integrate with the video’s soundtrack. Talking with VocalEyes about the process, Willie said: “It has been a challenging, but a very satisfying thing to do. The performances are so great – it has been a pleasure to watch them over and over again in order to get things right. I really hope people enjoy it as much as I did.”

Here’s all you need to know about how to watch the performance.

Where can I find the Audio Described video for Twelfth Night?

You can find the AD video of Twelfth Night using this link to YouTube: https://youtu.be/Oq2ein7db8Q

You can also find the AD video of Twelfth Night in the playlist on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

Or you can find it by going to the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, and searching their videos for Audio Described | Official Twelfth Night | Free National Theatre Live Full Performance’

Where can I listen to introductory notes?

The audio introductory notes are available on the National Theatre website. There is also a link to the introductory notes on the YouTube page. You will need to click to expand the description of the video to listen to the notes this way.

How long will it be available for?

The AD video for Twelfth Night will be available for 7 days for free on YouTube, until 7pm on Thursday 30 April. This is due to the rights agreements allowing the National Theatre to share Twelfth Night in this way.