National Theatre at Home – Best Of Previously Seen Live

Last Updated on 16th January 2022

Paul T Davies has been revisiting some of his favourite National Theatre productions thanks to National Theatre at Home. Here are his favourites.

National Theatre at Home

One of the main advantages of the National Theatre at Home is the access to their superb archive of productions. Here’s my top five of those I had seen live and reviewed, and it’s been a pleasure to rewatch these plays once more- and they’re just a fraction of what’s on offer!

Angels in America Part 1 at the National Theatre
Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels In America

ANGELS IN AMERICA PARTS ONE AND TWO.

My favourite play, I was thrilled when the National announced they were reviving it as I had seen their original staging’s in the 1990s when I was studying for my PhD. Marianne Elliot’s production did not disappoint, and an outstanding central performance by Andrew Garfield was matched by a terrific ensemble, including Nathan Lane and Russell Tovey. Together, the play is seven and half hours long, but you now have time to saviour it!

REVIEW: Angels In America Part One, National Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

REVIEW: Angels In America Part Two, National Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

Under Milk Wood review
Michael Sheen in Under Milk Wood. Photo: Johan Persson

UNDER MILK WOOD

In what will become to be cited as a seminal revival of Dylan Thomas’s masterpiece, the residential home setting allows an extraordinary cast of older Welsh talent to thrive in telling the life of a day in Wales. Michael Sheen gives a powerful performance as the narrator figure, and my Welsh heart was filed with emotions as Thomas’s words seduced the auditorium.

REVIEW: Under Milk Wood, National Theatre London ✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

Book tickets for Hedda Gabler
Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall in Hedda Gabler.

HEDDA GABLER.

With Ruth Wilson and director Ivo Van Hove about to collaborate once more on The Human Heart, (opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre in March), it’s a good time to view their previous creation. In Hedda Gabler, at the National Theatre, I thought Wilson gave an extraordinary, multi-layered performance, in Hove’s stripped-back version, which left the actors nowhere to hide the unpleasant aspects of their characters.

REVIEW: Hedda Gabler, National Theatre ✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

Book tickets for Salome at the National Theatre
The company of Salome. Photo: Johan Persson

SALOME

A beautiful feast both aurally and visually, the production felt a little cool in its approach, almost alienating the audience in its enclosed world. Well worth a watch though.

REVIEW: Salome, National Theatre ✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

Rockets and Blue Lights
The company of Rockets and Blue Lights. Photo: Brinkhoff Mogenburg

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS.

I loved Winsome Pinnock’s latest play, brilliantly using Turner’s masterpiece and a lost painting of his, The Slave Ship, to create an urgent look at slavery and the devastating scars it has left. Despite the subject matter, there was also moments of comedy and joy and put the poignancy into sharp perspective.

REVIEW: Rockets and Blue Lights, The Dorfman National Theatre ✭✭✭✭ (britishtheatre.com)

 

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