We have to say, during this time of uncertainty, the arts world really has pulled together to release some epic (and very accessible) ways to still enjoy theatre from your home. Looking for a new show to stream or a workshop to sink your teeth into? Here are the best five we’ve found to give you access to plays, musicals, dances and many more. Enjoy!
National Theatre At Home
The NT have launched an incredible scheme to allow you to still experience world-class theatre from your very own sofa. Every week they’re releasing one NT Live show on YouTube for seven days! One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden is streaming until 9 April, which will be followed by Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Show Must Go On
Following in the Nationals footsteps, Andrew Lloyd Webber is also making a selection of his musicals live on YouTube for free for 48 hours each! Check it out to watch iconic shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Shakespeare’s Globe, Globe Player
Shakespeare’s Globe is releasing 40 films on the Globe Player Service for free. This includes six main shows and 34 which were created as part of the Globe to Globe series. Now that is a treat if we have ever heard of one.
Looking for your dance fix? Well here it is. As well as streaming live shows, Sadler’s Wells is also offering free online workshops and activities for you to dance along to at home. Find these on Sadler’s Wells’ social media and website – get the whole family involved and shake off the lockdown blues!
And many more…
There are so many individual theatre companies putting out digital versions of their shows on YouTube to keep us all entertained during these uncertain times. Some of our favourites so far include Cheek by Jowl‘s The Winter’s Tale Live; a new musical Only The Brave; Hampstead Theatre‘s Wild, Wonderland and Drawing The Line; the Royal Court‘s Cyprus Avenue; Dave Malloy‘s Ghost Quartet at the McKittrick Hotel; BAM’s 21 Jump-Street by Lin Manuel-Miranda and so many more. Although, all of these are free (and some only available for a limited time), if you can, consider giving a small donation to the theatre or theatre company as many will be suffering through these difficult times. We really hope you enjoy all the shows!
P.S. Did you know, if you’re a student, you can access Digital Theatre for FREE when you sign in through your university portal? There are heaps of amazing shows just waiting to be watched there, including Into the Woods, David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing and Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl. Go forth and watch people.