CHARLOTTE Bronte’s Jane Eyre is among works featured in an initiative aimed at introducing theatre to schoolchildren.

Recordings of 24 National Theatre productions – which also include Macbeth, Frankenstein and Treasure Island – are being made available free to state primary and secondary schools, plus colleges, across the region.

It depicts the emotional and spiritual development of the heroine.

The National Theatre Collection, produced in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, has been drawn from a decade of live broadcasts and previously-unreleased archive material.

Recordings are accompanied by learning resources, which include rehearsal insights and short videos.

It is planned to increase the collection to 30 titles by March and add further resources later in the year.

Alice King-Farlow, from the National Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the collection is now available free for state schools to access.

“We believe all young people should have the opportunity to watch, make and explore theatre as part of a broad and balanced education.

“The collection is an essential part of our commitment to schools.”

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