Stage Shows To Watch At Home – With the explosion of stage shows being streamed online by theatres we have compiled a rolling calendar to allow you to keep track of what on and when.
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Last updated 22 June 2020
The Unknown Island
Gate Theatre, London
Streaming until 30 June (Running time 55mins, Suitable for all ages)
What is this unknown island you want to go in search of? If I could tell you that, it wouldn’t be unknown.
You want to go in search of an unknown island. Because somewhere out there, there must be something else. Because you want to find out who you are when you are there. The Unknown Island is a beautiful, inventive and rebellious adventure story about dreaming of the impossible and trying to cross the vast distances between ourselves and each other.
Based on Nobel prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago’s short story, The Tale of the Unknown Island, adapted for the stage by Ellen McDougall and Clare Slater.
Running Time: 55 mins Suitable for all ages.
The Turn Of The Screw
This is the post-produced version of The Turn of the Screw, which was first streamed live on OperaVision on 21 February 2020. In a remote country house, a governess fights to protect two orphaned children from strange and menacing spirits. But are these apparitions real, or the product of her troubled imagination? And what terrible evil occurred before her arrival? Based on a ghost story by Henry James, this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller reaches new levels of terror and claustrophobia in Alessandro Talevi’s spine-chilling production. Britten’s disturbingly beautiful music ratchets the tension up to breaking point. Watch it here
Running time: 90 Minutes
Watch Macbeth for free, our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production created especially for young people, filmed from Shakespeare’s most famous stage, the Globe Theatre.
Macbeth (2020) YouTube Premiere is available until UK secondary schools reopen.
Macbeth story When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.
About the production A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, Macbeth is a gripping, full-scale * 90-minute performance* in the Globe Theatre, with no interval. The full company list, behind the scenes photos and interviews, can be accessed in the Macbeth programme. Explore this production through blogs and learning resources at the Macbeth website. Recommended for: Ages 11+ Please be aware that this production is set in a world of civil war and contains scenes of violence, murder, death and blood. The production also contains loud bangs, balloons and confetti. Listen to Audio Described version Available on YouTube, with thanks to VocalEyes: https://youtu.be/nkauYH6ZSZc
After you’ve enjoyed Macbeth, the Globe will be streaming 40 free titles over the next month. The Globe will make 6 mainstage shows accompanied by 34 that were created as part of the “Globe to Globe” series of international performances.
Cirque Du Soleil
Watch videos here
Everybody’s favourite theatrical circus troupe are releasing 1-hour specials through the lockdown period. These are amazing inside views into the magical world of Cirque du Soleil and well worth a look.
Royal Opera House, London
You Tube Channel
Throughout the lockdown “The House” will be streaming a variety of productions from their archive to showcase the world of ballet and opera at its best.
Southwark Stayhouse (Southwark Playhouse)
One of our favourite South London Theatres is now streaming some of its past productions. Find out more.
Gate Theatre, London
By Magali Mougel, Translated by Chris Campbell, Directed by Jean-Pierre Baro
Streaming until 30 June 2020 (Running Time 75 Minutes. Suggested age guidance 14+)
Their bodies moving about.
Their bodies all over the place all over me all day.
I can’t stand it anymore.
Another unbearably hot evening. Suzy Storck sits by the window. A glass of wine. A bottle. Three. Her husband’s left. Maybe he’s coming home. Maybe he’s not. The radio buzzes. Upstairs, the sound of tiny hands behind a bedroom door. Her children. Another glass. The smell of an animal that isn’t quite yet dead. And still the sun will just not set. How exactly did she end up here?
Suzy Storck is the debut UK production of Jean-Pierre Baro, one of the most exciting new artists in French theatre, that dares to ask the question: what happens when you don’t want children – and you already have them?
27 May onwards
Manchester International Festival
MIF Live is back for the lockdown with new work by Manchester’s creative community, encounters with artists and Festival friends, and exclusive streams of classic MIF events.
Chita: A Legendary Celebration (Filmed in October 2013 at the August Wilson Theatre, Broadway)
COST: Free but please make a donation via the link below.
Screened in aid of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and its COVID-19 emergency efforts, Chita: A Legendary Celebration features Chita herself plus Tony Award winners Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen as well as a video tribute from John Kander interspersed with new interviews with Rivera from her home.
“My history with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS goes back to the beginning,” Rivera said. “I’m overjoyed that this magical evening is being shared with even more people now, and feel so fortunate that this performance will yet again help people in need, especially during this most challenging moment in history.”
The original evening was directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terence McNally with musical direction by Michael Croiter, sound by Andrew Keister and lighting design by Jeff Croiter.
While the concert stream is free, VIP and sponsorship opportunities are available that provide private pre-show experiences and recognition. For more information, visit BroadwayCares.org.
The concert will be available for viewing via BroadwayCares.org/Chita and on Broadway Cares’ social media channels.
June – 3 August
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Graeae Theatre Company production in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
Runs from 3 June to 3 August
A raucous musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Book by Paul Sirett. Directed by Jenny Sealey. Music by Ian Dury & the Blockheads.
Part gig, part play, Reasons To Be Cheerful tells a coming of age tale that rejoices in the infectious and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plaistow Patricia; Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll; Sweet Gene Vincent; What A Waste and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3). Graeae Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey’s production is loud, bold and jubilant.
With captioning and audio description. Age Recommendation 14+
WATCH IT ONLINE
5 June – 3 July
Candide in Concert
Streaming through Operavision
When young Candide’s marriage offer to a baron’s daughter backfires, the naïve student of optimism is hurled into an eye-opening journey around the globe, discovering the horrors of existence at every step.
Turning Voltaire’s Candide, a stinging blast against tyranny and feigned moralising, into toe-wiggling musical theatre is a crazy idea. Bernstein revised his operetta countless times before settling on the final version. The Grange Festival’s 2018 semi-staged production commemorates the composer’s 100th birthday.
This concert presentation features Richard Suart, Rob Houchen, Katie Hall, Charles Rice, Rosemary Ashe, Kitty Whately, Robert Whately, Robert Murray, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
National Theatre at Home
7pm then available for 7 days
The 2019 epic theatre adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island will be streamed on 18 June. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris and adapted by Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy, War and Peace), Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK through three intricately connected stories. Hortense (Leah Harvey Emilia, Julius Cesar) yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert (Gershwyn Eustace Jr Pinocchio, Home) dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie (Aisling Loftus War and Peace, Noises Off) longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. This timely and moving story played on the Olivier stage featuring a company of 40 actors. The production coincides with Windrush Day on the 22 June.
The Sound Of Music Live – Encore season
The Shows Must Go On
26 June 8pm then online for 48 hrs
WATCH IT ONLINE
25 June (then online for the next 7 days)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bridge Theatre Production streamed through National Theatre at Home
The theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), David Moorst (Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Festival) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. The production also re-unites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar. Direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Joining the team will be composer Grant Olding, movement director Arlene Phillips, and associate movement director James Cousins.
25,26, 27th June at 7.30 each day
The Last Five Years
The award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, is an emotionally powerful musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, the play has seen numerous productions around the world including a film adaptation starring Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick but it is now to be produced in an entirely new and innovative way.
It is the musical’s unconventional structure that is allowing this brand-new, highly innovative form of streamed theatre to be created. Jamie (Danny Becker) tells his story chronologically from their love-at-first-site meeting, whilst Cathy (Lauren Samuels) tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship to the start. This means the two characters do not directly interact except for one song in the middle of the show when their timelines intersect.
Lambert Jackson Productions have teamed with actors Lauren Samuels (BBC’s Over The Rainbow, Bend It Like Beckham) and Danny Becker (Aladdin, Prince of Egypt) who will record their parts of the show entirely in isolation to then be edited together into one complete show. Reprising her role of Cathy, Samuels will also be making her directorial debut with this show. Lambert Jackson’s choice pianist Josh Winstone will take the role of Musical Director.
The Grinning Man – Bristol Old Vic
Time: 7pm on 26 June to 3 July 2020
Following a triumphant premiere as part of the Theatre’s 250th Anniversary Season, the show went on to play in London’s West End in 2017 where it garnered a cult-following across the globe. Based on Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs, the macabre musical tells the story of Grinpayne, a fairground act with a hideous smile, who is helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl as he journeys to share his terrible secret with the world. Brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) and “powered by an outstanding score” (The Sunday Times) from Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, the production features puppetry from Gyre & Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse. Bristol Old Vic hopes that this blackly comic conclusion to the season will prove that laughter really is the best medicine. Directed by Tom Morris.
1 – 4 July 2020
Original Theatre Company
Pay per view
There will be a fully cast, abridged virtual production of Rachel Wagstaff’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel Birdsong, streamed online on 1 July 2020, the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Told using video technology, live performance, sound design and music, all weaved together to create a unique portrayal of one of the greatest love stories in modern literature, the cast will be in full costume, with digitally designed scenes and lighting, making this the most ambitious online production yet. The performance will be introduced and narrated by Sebastian Faulks, with a special reading by him from his novel during the interval. The whole experience should last under two hours.
3rd July 2020
Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast
Streaming on Disney+
7pm then online for 7 days
The 2016 archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s (A Raisin in the Sun) drama Les Blancs, will be streamed on 2 July. Directed by Yaël Farber (The Crucible (Old Vic), Mies Julie, Nirbhaya), this powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution when a family and a post-colonial African nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity. The cast includes Danny Sapani (Medea, Black Panther, Killing Eve), Siân Phillips (People, Clash of the Titans) and Tunji Kasim (Network, Antony & Cleopatra).
The Deep Blue Sea
7pm for 7 days
Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production The Deep Blue Sea, will be streamed on 9 July. This devastating masterpiece by Terence Rattigan, sees Helen McCrory (Medea, Peaky Blinders) playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Filmed live from the Lyttelton Theatre in 2016, The Deep Blue Sea tells the story of a woman’s tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge.
7pm for 7 days
The 2016 National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, will be streamed on 16 July. This iconic drama, which first appeared on the National Theatre stage in 1979 and was later turned into an Oscar-winning film, follows rowdy young musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by Adam Gillen (Fresh Meat, Benidorm). Awestruck by Mozart’s genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri, played by Lucian Msamati (His Dark Materials, Master Harold and The Boys), has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.