NT is a new initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens in the UK and worldwide.
The performances will be filmed live at the National Theatre in high definition and broadcast via satellite to 60 cinemas across the UK and over 170 cinemas abroad, including venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Scandinavia and Europe.
The National Theatre is working with the Picturehouse, Odeon and Cineworld chains, and a range of independent cinemas and arts centres.
NESTA is part-funding NT Live as part of a series of work to find ways that digital technologies can support traditional arts and extend their audience reach.
Projects such as NT Live bring together old-world and new-world forms of entertainment with potentially powerful results that have both a cultural and economic benefit to the UK.
As the Government's Digital Britain report highlighted, the creative industries and digital technologies will play a key role in the growth of the UK economy.