How to Enjoy Theatre From the Comfort of Your Own Home.

As we all know theatres across the UK have been closed in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. However many of us clearly can’t go for a week without a theatre fix let alone several so I have pulled together lots of resources for theatre at home so we can continue to fuel our fan girl (or boy) obsession.

Some of these on the list are paid for. I have tried to include the price but please, if you can afford it, access these options. It is initiatives like these that will help the industry, performers and creators we love so much stay afloat during these hard times.

Now onto the theatre at home list:

Firstly Turning To Musical Theatre:

1) Lambert Jackson and the Theatre Cafe are working together to put on a festival of paid, live streamed concerts to ensure that actors keep working. It will be an extensive series of intimate,piano vocal concerts streamed live from the Theatre cafe for £7.50 a concert. They started on Monday 23rd. and the week of the 30th March line up includes Aimee Atkinson, Jordan Luke Gaga and Marisha Wallace. Check out twitter at @LJProds or @thetheatrecafe for the full line up.

2) Broadway HD is a theatre streaming service. It normally costs $8.99 a month but the company have introduced a 7 day free trial. The shows include Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Toxic Avenger as well as the likes of Sutton Foster in concert and more. Visit their website here.

3) The Musical Theatre Appreciation Society Page on Facebook are announcing a variety of live performances and talks from a range of performers and creators. These include vocal warm up techniques, Katy Richardson, the MD for Six giving an interactive industry talk and Jodie Steele performing live. It is called MTAS ACCESS. Visit their Facebook page for more information

4) Check out the Showstoppers Facebook page – when the theatres all went dark they still performed their show at the Lyric and live streamed it to Facebook for everyone to see. The live video is up on their Facebook page so go have a watch and enjoy!

5) Wind in the Willows the Musical is available online to stream for free, although if people are able to donate they are asking for donations to Acting For Others. It was filmed live at the London Palladium in 2017 and can be accessed on their website.

6) Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that he is releasing his musicals for streaming each Friday. The first on the 3rd April is Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar follows on Good Friday. It will be streamed via the YouTube channel – ‘The Show Must Go On.’

7) Myth Musical was filmed when it was on at The Other Palace in March 2018. It stars the likes of Jodie Steele and is a modern telling of the Greek story of Orpheus and the Underworld. It can be found online here.

Plays:

8) Paines Plough has an app which allows you to listen to 160 short plays for free. The app is called Come To Where I’m From app and started with a project when they asked a group of writers to return to their home town and write about the places that shaped them. The app can be downloaded from their website.

9) National Theatre Live is going to stream plays via YouTube live to our living room. They will take place on Thursday nights at 7pm with the first one was One Man Two Guvnors on 2nd April and the 9th will be Jane Eyre. Treasure Island follows in subsequent weeks.

10) Filmed on Stage is also listing shows you can stream for free. On here is The Metropolitan Opera Live with a huge variety of performances as well as plays such as Uncle Vanya for US residents.

11) Digital Theatre has a huge amount of variety from Hamlet to Love Song on there as well as Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith. It is £10 a month but that is a fraction of the cost of a theatre ticket!! Some performing arts teachers may already have access so do double check!

Shakespeare: All of the Shakespeare fans out there are spoilt for choice. Offerings include:

12) ‘The Show Must Go Online-‘ This is an online group that will read the complete works of William Shakespeare in the order they were written. Shakespeare wrote King Lear whilst he was quarantined for the plague so this seems rather fitting. This is all hosted on YouTube by Robert Myles.

13) More Shakespeare can also be found at Globe Player which has paid for recordings of many of the theatre’s Shakespeare productions. These shows include Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night and Jonathan Pryce in the Merchant of Venice. Even if you don’t want to pay for it there is some free content on there so worth checking out!

14) The RSC are streaming their 2017 production of Twelfth Night on Marquee TV at 7:15pm on 11th April. Marquee is offering everyone a 30 day free trial and there are already 17 free RSC productions on there to stream. Find out more on their website.

15) Barn Theatre have also released their production of Henry V from 2019. This was released on 27th March and can still be found on their Facebook page.

16) For something a bit different Patrick Stewart is reading a Sonnet a day over on his twitter page – @SirPatStew.

There is also a variety of dance options popping up. These include:

17) Cirque Du Soleil has also jumped on the streaming trend with Cirque Connect. This not only has shows on there but workout programmes and a sneak behind the curtain.

18) Northern Ballet have stated that they want to continue to bring world class ballet to our doorstep. They have therefore released many of their shows on their website and just ask for a donation in return with their ‘Pay As You Feel Digital Season.’ Ego is on their website, Dracula is coming o BBC Four and 1984 will be online from 3rd April. As well as the shows there is also content such as dancer Q&A’s and a look behind the scenes.

19) Sadlers Wells have released a programme of full length dance performances and workshops online. Currently on their Facebook page is Deluxe by BalletBoys.

20) The Paris Opera began screening it’s ballets and operas from the archives online and free of charge. The shows include Swan Lake (30th March -5th April) and Carmen (27th April -3rd May). All performances are on their website.

21) Live streamed dance classes. There seems to be quite a few live streamed dance classes popping up across Instagram. The ones I have found are –

  • Capezio are doing lots of home classes on Instagram live, with hip hop and ballet already being featured I’m excited to see what else they add to the list. They are at @capezio,
  • Debbie Allen from ‘Fame’ fame is holding an Instagram dance class- check out her page at @therealdebbieallen
  • Magnetic movement – follow them on Instagram – @magneticmovement_1 for their first class on 19th March at 7pm to Seasons of Love and hopefully more to follow.

This list will be updated so if you want information included on it email me at sarah@musicaltheatremusings.co.uk

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