Sky Arts and National Theatre Live announce partnership

Image courtesy of Jan Versweyveld

Sky Arts is to become the headline sponsor for National Theatre Live in the UK, the theatre’s innovative project to broadcast world-class performances to cinemas in the UK and internationally.

Sky Arts' support will help National Theatre Live to continue to broadcast in cinemas across the UK reaching the widest possible audience. Through the partnership Sky Arts content will be screened before NT Live broadcasts and the company logos will feature on the NT Live website and other promotional materials. It will also create opportunities for collaborative content and deliver benefits for Sky customers, with further details to follow later in 2017.

Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated arts channel, and the partnership with National Theatre Live is part of Sky's commitment to investing in, and facilitating wider access to, the arts.

Since its pioneering launch in 2009, National Theatre Live now broadcasts to 700 UK cinemas reaching an audience of 3.5 million. 2017 sees a record number of broadcasts with 11 productions being filmed and screened including The Old Vic’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe, Josh McGuire and David Haig on Thursday 20 April, Obsession with Jude Law directed by Ivo van Hove live from the Barbican Theatre on Thursday 11 May and Angels in America direct from the National Theatre with an all-star cast including Andrew
Garfield and Nathan Lane on Thursday 20 July (Part One) and 27 July (Part Two).

Phil Edgar-Jones, director, Sky Arts, said:

“National Theatre Live is the perfect partner for Sky Arts – we share a similar set of values and aims. We believe that art should be for everyone, everywhere and we want to expand boundaries and break down barriers, bringing the best of the arts to the widest possible audience. We are delighted to be partnering with National Theatre Live and look forward to expanding our collaboration over the coming months.”

Emma Keith, Head of Broadcast and National Theatre Live said:

"We’re thrilled to have Sky Arts on board as a partner for National Theatre Live. This new initiative seeks to increase access to our work for those audiences who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see it and a service such as Sky Arts, which is dedicated to bringing the best of culture into people’s homes, is a great fit. We look forward to working together and the future projects we will collaborate on"

Sky Arts’ headline sponsorship will launch with the screening of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre on Thursday 9 March 2017

For further information:

Roz Arratoon / Tabitha Parlett
+44 (0) 207 739 8203 /

About Sky Arts

Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated channel for the arts. It offers something for everyone, whatever their passion, with entertaining programmes showcasing the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy. 
Sky Arts is broadcast 24 hours a day and has over 1,000 hours available on catch-up TV, including flagship programmes such as Portrait Artist of The Year and The South Bank Show.
The channel is committed to supporting the arts by investing in the best talent, both on and off screen, as well as through exclusive partnerships with major UK and European cultural institutions, including National Theatre Live, The Tate and The British Library. 
The channel sits within Sky, Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22 million customers across five countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The company has annual revenues of £12 billion and invests over £5 billion per year in programming.  The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

About NT Live

Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 6 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include Benedict Cumberbatch in Sonia Friedman
Production’s Hamlet live from the Barbican, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse, Gillian
Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire from the Young Vic, James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein and the multi award-winning War Horse.

List of upcoming broadcasts:

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken
identity. Directed by Simon Godwin. Broadcast live from the NT on Thursday 6 April.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Fifty years after the play premiered at The Old Vic,
David Leveaux directs Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern alongside David Haig as The Player in this iconic mind bending situation comedy. Broadcast live from The Old Vic on Thursday 20 April, this marks The Old Vic’s first collaboration with NT Live.

Obsession - Jude Law (The Talented Mr Ripley, Hamlet) plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino,
whose affair with a married woman takes both down a path of destruction in a new stage adaptation of Luchino
Visconti’s 1943 film of the same name directed by Ivo van Hove. Broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre on
Thursday 11 May.

Peter Pan, Sally Cookson’s wondrously inventive production recorded live during its run at the NT following a sell
out run at the Bristol Old Vic will be broadcast on Saturday 10 June.

Salomé - a radical retelling of the Biblical story of one young woman’s political awakening. Directed by Yaël Farber. Broadcast live from the NT on Thursday 22 June.

Marianne Elliott’s new production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America will be broadcast live from the NT in two
parts. Part 1: Millennium Approaches on Thursday 20 July and Part 2: Perestroika on Thursday 27 July.

Yerma - Billie Piper stars in Yerma as a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.
Simon Stone creates a radical production of Lorcha’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Broadcast live from the
Young Vic on Thursday 31 August (international screenings from 21 September).