Although our venues remain closed, you can still watch some amazing plays, musicals and other performances from the comfort of your own sofa. During lockdown, a wealth of top-notch entertainment can be accessed online; some for free, some pay-to-view. We have put together a guide to the best of what’s online. We hope you enjoy these and we look forward to entertaining you in person very soon.
To keep our fantastic theatres alive through this tough time, as well as supporting the people who work in the industry, many of whom are freelance, there are a number of ways you can help with donations for online performances and through various charities. We have details below on how you can play your part.
THE OLD VIC
OUR SHOWS SCREENINGS
Jekyll & Hyde
As part of the Old Vic’s online streams, a dance thriller devised, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
One of the UK’s most innovative theatre choreographers Drew McOnie reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson’s sinister drama in an excitingly physical new dance production with music by Grant Olding. The production, featuring the original cast, will go live at 7pm BST on Wed 05 Aug and will be available to watch until 7pm BST Wed 12 Aug.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
OUR HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE SERIES
The Sleeping Beauty
The latest in the ROH’s online offering. In 2006, The Sleeping Beauty ballet was revived from the original 1946 staging by the then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.
Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.
Available on demand till Friday 7th August.
SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE
FREE ONLINE FROM FRIDAY 17TH JULY
Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.
Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union.
ONLINE PREMIERE FRIDAY 31ST JULY – 14TH AUGUST
The Secret Love Life of Ophelia
By Steven Berkoff
The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is one of the most tragic in all of Shakespeare’s plays, but so much of their burgeoning love affair is unwritten. The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia looks to tell us more, revealing the growth of that young love through an exchange of letters between the two characters which are both intimate, tender and passionate.
With the consent of Berkoff himself and in response to the current closure of theatres, the play is now being adapted for a unique online premiere which will see the letters reimagined as video messages and a cast of 40 exceptional actors coming together to perform them. Helen Mirren will make a special appearance as Gertrude at the play’s conclusion.
By Freddie Mercury… and Martyn Ellis
Bohemian Rhapsody, as you’ve never heard it before. Well, unless you’ve been at one of our post-show parties!
Martyn Ellis, one of the ‘Famous Five’ founding members of Buddy Holly and The Cricketers, kicks off the first of our Where Are They Now? features with his hilarious uke version of the Queen classic. We’re sure Freddie would love it!
Also, if you’ve ever fancied yourself as 4-string wonder or latter-day George Formby, join Martyn each Friday for his free, fun group Zoom class, Tina’s Ticklers! Contact Tina’s Ticklers HERE to join.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
WEEKLY 90 MIN SHOWS
Best of Juggling
On this week’s #CirqueConnect special, join Cirque Du Soleil for the BEST OF Juggling! Be amazed by watching these jugglers’ skills, and witness the adrenaline they experience every time they perform in front of an audience! Tune-in this Friday, July 31st at 3PM ET!
“A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical.”
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The Brontës as you’ve never seen them before!
SUPPORT THE ACTORS CENTRE
by Simon de Cintra
Does anyone need a midweek dose of feelgood?Bed Seven is based on a true story and set during the early years of the NHS. Here’s the trailer on YouTube and you can find the full 50 minute play on YouTube here.
Please have this one on me, share if you enjoy & donate a few pounds to help the Actors Centre survive.
Directed by Sophie Kettle Smith
As lockdown is eased and we begin to enjoy our old freedoms, we must not forget those who may still be isolated. Reconnected is a short film which was written, shot, edited and now released during Lockdown. Directed by Sophie Kettle Smith. Written and Produced by Mia Mackie. Starring Eric Richard, Alex Bartram, Delena Kidd, Kristin Atherton, Mia Mackie and Oriana Charles. Sound Design – Marcos Willatts. Editing – Joe Haskey, Sticks and Glass. Assistant Producer – Hannah Gough. Casting – Simon Sharkey.
Mushy: Lyrically Speaking
Rifco Theatre Company at Watford Palace Theatre
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An uplifting tale inspired by the true story of Musharaf Asghar (Educating Yorkshire)
Dewsbury, 2013. Mushy, a young man with a debilitating stammer, finds himself at the centre of a television documentary. In a moment of inspiration from his teacher, Mr. Burton, he starts to find a rhythm in his voice through music. Social media erupts hailing it a miracle cure and both teacher and pupil become overnight celebrities. But Mushy’s journey to find his voice has only just begun.
Starring Oliver Longstaff (Operation Neptune, Absurd Person Singular), Medhavi Patel (Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, Women of the Mahabharata) and Varun Raj (Dubailand, Baar Baar Dekho).
Live from The Royal Opera House
#OurHouseToYourHouse series 27th June – 11th July
While the ROH is closed to the public, they are bringing you three very special performances streamed live from the Royal Opera House. Live from Covent Garden will celebrate ballet and opera in programmes of dance and music, curated by artistic directors of the Royal Opera House: Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, Director of Opera, and Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet.
Our performances on Saturday 27 June is available to buy on demand for just £4.99 and will include a host of ballet and opera direct from The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House BUY HERE
Music from our Buddy Boys!
Don’t just lock down – rock down! Let Buddy and the boys entertain you in the comfort of your own homes. Some of our Buddy boys, past and present, are live streaming their performances.
Guitar cover by Kai Henderson
Kai’s enthusiastic rendition of “Invincible” by Tool from 2019’s “Fear Inoculum”. Learned by ear, Kai says “*PURISTS ALERT* I’m like you. I get it. I’m a perfectionist too. I know there are some small inaccuracies with how I’ve played it here ‘live’ compared to what Adam plays on the record. Especially coming back in from the ‘breaks’. To be honest I was just thrilled that I finally got it all in one continuous take. I hope you’ll forgive these as a trade off for my enjoyment from playing this beast of a tune.”
Going Global 8.5 hour of power!
Ex-Buddy Gordon Taggart performs live on Facebook in a series of online gigs. You can watch Gordon’s 2nd live show
TV shows to quarantine to!
Our very own current Buddy Jason has been working at this for weeks. It is his tribute to my favourite tv shows that keep him sane (?) during quarantine. Jason says “Would’ve loved to put it out sooner but the costumes were slow in the mail. All credit to the amazing composers who work on these shows. Enjoy.”
HOW TO DONATE
National Theatre at Home
Whilst the NT is closed it is streaming some of it’s top theatre on YouTube. To show your support and help The NT survive you can donate via your mobile Text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 Text NTATHOME 20 to 70085 to donate £20 or on their site HERE
Acting for Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. Theatrical charity, Acting For Others will distribute funds raised across its 14 member charities to support theatre workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The money has been raised by over 120 extraordinary organisations and initiatives including All The Web’s A Stage, Fleabag For Charity, Les Misérables -The Staged Concert Charity Download, Noël Coward Foundation, Theatre Support Fund – The Show Must Go On, Ross Noble Live and Spotlight among many others. Donate HERE
Royal Opera House
The COVID-19 global crisis is having an immediate and serious impact on charitable arts organisations such as the ROH. Like many others, generating revenue from tickets, retail, catering and events is no longer possible. You can donate HERE
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