National Theatre launches new Shakespeare app

The National Theatre has launched a brand new, free app dedicated to all things Shakespeare.

Released to mark the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, National Theatre Shakespeare draws together archive material from the 55 main-house Shakespeare productions the NT has staged to date, from Peter O’Toole as Hamlet in 1963 and the 1964 all-male production of As You Like It, to the critically acclaimed 2013 Othello and Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear in 2014.

The app includes videos, production photographs, costume and set designs, annotated scripts and mpre including exclusive video interviews including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi.

There’s also and interactive timeline of production posters; hundreds of production and rehearsal photographs, costume illustrations, set designs, technical images, annotated scripts and other content from a selection of NT productions.

Including those staged at the Old Vic, there have been 55 main-house productions of Shakespeare’s plays at the NT, the most recent being As You Like It, directed by Polly Findlay. Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin and featuring Tamsin Greig, will open in early 2017.

You can download the app from the Apple Store, just search National Theatre Shakespeare.

In total, there are 55 Shakespeare productions at the NT featured in this app:

1963. Hamlet

1964. Othello

1965. Much Ado About Nothing

1967. As You Like It

1968. Love’s Labour’s Lost

1970. The Merchant of Venice

1971. Coriolanus

1972. Richard II

1972. Macbeth

1974. The Tempest

1975. Hamlet

1977. Julius Caesar

1978. Macbeth

1979. As You Like It

1979. Richard III

1980. Othello

1981. Measure for Measure

1981. Much Ado About Nothing

1982. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1984. Coriolanus

1986. King Lear

1987. Antony and Cleopatra

1988. Cymbeline (Late Plays)

1988. The Tempest (Late Plays)

1988. The Winter’s Tale (Late Plays)

1989. Hamlet

1990. Richard III

1990. King Lear

1992. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1993. Macbeth

1994. Pericles

1995. The Merry Wives of Windsor

1995. Richard II

1995. Titus Andronicus

1997. King Lear

1997. Othello

1998. Antony and Cleopatra

1999. The Merchant of Venice

1999. Troilus and Cressida

2000. Hamlet

2000. Romeo and Juliet

2001. The Winter’s Tale

2003. Henry V

2003. Love’s Labour’s Lost

2004. Measure for Measure

2005. Henry IV – Parts 1 & 2

2007. Much Ado About Nothing

2009. All’s Well That Ends Well

2010. Hamlet

2011. Twelfth Night

2011. The Comedy of Errors

2012. Timon of Athens

2013. Othello

2014. King Lear

2015. As You Like It

 

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