Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre’s Jane Eyre to be broadcast on YouTube

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

  • Innovative reimagining was a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic
  • Broadcast as part of National Theatre at Home – the National’s new initiative to screen a selection of much-loved National Theatre Live productions on YouTube for free over the next two months
  • NT Live has been broadcasting for ten years and screens to over 2,500 cinemas in 60 countries

Bristol Old Vic and The National Theatre’s smash-hit collaboration of Jane Eyre will be shown on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel on Thursday 9 April at 7pm BST as part of NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME.

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphanJane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece was directed by Bristol-based Sally Cookson. It was first staged by Bristol Old Vic in 2015 and transferred to the National in the same year with a revival in 2017.

Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director Tom Morris said:
“This production marked the moment when Sally Cookson and her extraordinary team of collaborators caught the attention of the national and international theatre world for the first time. Celebrated with a string of 5 star reviews, the show placed the imagination of the audience at the centre of the theatrical experience. Celebrating the power of our imaginations to take us beyond our own four walls is even more important in these uncertain times.

We are thrilled to take our ongoing collaboration with the National Theatre into the digital realm with this premier and will announce further details of Bristol Old Vic’s own online theatre, partly curated in partnership with Bristol’s remarkable creative sector across artforms, on the night of the digital launch of Jane Eyre.”

During this unprecedented time which has seen the closure of theatres, cinemas and schools, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME is providing access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube every Thursday at 7.00pm BST and it will then be available on demand for seven days.

Following Jane Eyre, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island will be screened on 16th April, and Twelfth Night on the 23 April featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with further titles to be announced.

Alongside the streamed productions, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME will also feature accompanying interactive content such as Q&As with cast and creative teams and post-stream talks, with further details of this programme to be announced.