Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes Productions Lead 'National Theatre at Home' Series

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'Frankenstein' (left), 'Anthony & Cleopatra'

The broadcasts of 'Frankenstein' and 'Antony & Cleopatra' will stream on YouTube on the next two Thursdays and remain available on demand for a seven-day period.

The National Theatre on Thursday announced that live recordings of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein and Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes, respectively, will be available to stream as part of the National Theatre at Home series.

Two versions of Frankenstein, filmed live at the National Theatre and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Cumberbatch alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation, will be shown on the National Theatre's YouTube channel on April 30 and May 1.

Meanwhile, Antony & Cleopatra, which also stars Sophie Okonedo, will be available the following week on May 7. Both productions will stream at 7 p.m. BST and remain available on demand for a seven-day period. 

The National Theatre at Home initiative was launched in late March as a response to the novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced the closure of theaters and cinemas. The effort debuted with James Corden in Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors, which drew over 2.5 million views during its seven-day window.

Theater fans can also participate in the National Theatre at Home Quiz, featuring Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen as the quizmasters, via the National Theatre's YouTube channel and Facebook page on Monday at 7 p.m. Quizzes will continue on the final Monday of each month. 

In the coming weeks, further productions in the National Theatre at Home series will be announced. Follow the National Theatre for updates.

Meanwhile, the National Theatre Collection, a separate program being made available to students and teachers during the schools shutdown, has added six new titles to its 30-film library drawn from 10 years of NT Live broadcasts. Those include two classic Tennessee Williams plays: A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby; and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Sienna Miller, Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney.

View a trailer for Frankenstein below.