The Father and the Assassin and The House of Bernarda Alba available to stream from March

The Father And The Assassin artwork

The National Theatre is expanding its online repertoire with the addition of two acclaimed productions to its National Theatre at Home streaming service.

March 2024 will see the arrival of The Father and the Assassin, penned by Anupama Chandrasekhar with direction by Indhu Rubasingham, the newly appointed Director and joint Chief-Executive of the National Theatre.

Joining it is Alice Birch’s transformative take on Federico García Lorca’s iconic The House of Bernarda Alba, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, known for her work on Cabaret and A Streetcar Named Desire.

From 5 March, audiences around the world will have the opportunity to stream The Father and the Assassin. Captured during its 2023 revival on the Olivier Stage, the production delves into the life of Nathuram Godse – journalist, nationalist, and the assassin of Gandhi – across three decades of India’s quest for independence. The cast features Hiran Abeysekera as Nathuram Godse and Paul Bazely reprising his role as Mahatma Gandhi.

Harriet Walter’s performance in The House of Bernarda Alba is available from 22 March. Walter portrays the stern matriarch in this comic drama, a co-production with Playful Productions filmed at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage.

Launched in 2020, National Theatre at Home emerged as a response to the global theatre shutdown, initially offering free weekly streams of its archive productions. The initiative was met with overwhelming support, accumulating over 15 million views across 173 countries. The platform now boasts over 80 plays, accessible to subscribers from more than 170 countries, complete with captions and over 85% of titles available with Audio Description.

Viewers can access National Theatre at Home via, with rental options ranging from £5.99 to £7.99, a monthly subscription at £9.99, or an annual subscription for £99.99.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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