What’s Online
Shows and performances

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.

Phèdre

NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME

Bought to you by National Theatre At Home you can subscribe to unmissable theatre or rent each production on demand.

Discover their exclusive collection of unforgettable British theatre. More fantastic plays are added every month, so there’s always something new to look forward to.  

Helen Mirren plays the title role in this acclaimed production of the classic Greek tragedy.

Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson, and believing her absent husband is dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare.

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Lungs

OLD VIC | IN CAMERA:PLAYBACK

27–29 Jan 2021 at 7.30pm as part of the IN CAMERA:PLAYBACK series The Old Vic are re-showing some of their top productions.

Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs is back by popular demand with the recorded version of the live show available to watch again. Starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, Lungs was performed and streamed live from The Old Vic stage to 69 countries across the globe in summer 2020.

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower’

The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHAKE FESTIVAL

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7.30pm 

Starring a spectacular international cast led by Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall with Sara Kestelman, Luisa Omielan and many more

Live online and streamed directly into your living room for one night only.

Don’t miss this rehearsed, live reading (via Zoom) of one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies!

Artistic Director of SHAKE festival, Jenny Caron Hall, said today, “Expressed in beautiful language, this is an extraordinary play; romantic, magical, and very funny. I’m thrilled it’s being vividly brought to life in this online reading by such a brilliant cast.”

Tickets £10.

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Uncle Vanya

BBC iPLAYER

Secret loves and long-held resentments threaten to tear a family apart in Anton Chekhov’s classic play, a tender exploration of human frailty.

Now, as the majority of theatres across the world remain in darkness, Uncle Vanya’s ensemble cast overcome the considerable challenges of working in a global pandemic, returning to the Harold Pinter Theatre to film an exciting new hybrid of film and theatre – far more than simply a capture of the play.

Sonya and her Uncle Vanya throw their lives into maintaining the crumbling family estate, only visited occasionally by the radical and inspiring local doctor Astrov. However, when Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov, suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena, long-hidden truths start to emerge.

As the fractured family are forced to confront their longing, loneliness and each other, can the beauty of life help them find new hope? Following its critically acclaimed opening in London in early 2020, Sonia Friedman Productions’ stunning, five-star Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, was abruptly halted as the world went into lockdown.

Full of tumultuous frustration and hidden passions, but brimming with hope and optimism for the future, Uncle Vanya is a must-see event for our times.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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.
WARNING: although joining in is easy and painless, side-effects do include smiling, laughing and having a good time.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

FOR 3 NIGHTS ONLY | 28 – 30 JANUARY 2021

Filmed on stage at the London Coliseum and streamed for three nights only – don’t miss Trevor Dion Nicholas, Brenda Edwards, Alice Fearn and Oliver Tompsett in this funny and touching musical.

‘And the Lord God said, let there be man and woman − and there was man and woman. And that night, man asked woman if she was busy. And woman said, thank you, but she’s not interested in anything long term, she’d still want to see other people. And man said, There are no other people. And woman said, Okay, how ’bout this: We get married, you vow your eternal love for me, and you never see another woman naked for the rest of your life. And man said, Oh.’

Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ clever and witty musical revue about the pitfalls and joys of romantic relationships.

Starring Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton, Aladdin), Brenda Edwards (X Factor, We Will Rock You), Alice Fearn (Wicked, Come From Away) and Oliver Tompsett (Kinky Boots, & Juliet), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will have audiences laughing, singing along and shouting ‘This is my life!’

Following the highs and lows of first dates, first loves, marriages, babies, in-laws, and growing old together, this hilarious and poignant show pays tribute to those who have loved and lost and to those who have dared to ask someone out on a date. Tickets £15 + booking fee.

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Sherlock Holmes
The Case of the Hung Parliament

AN ONLINE ADVENTURE

From 27th January 2021

This isn’t a game we’re playing here,  there’s a crime to be solved ion this immersive, online murder mystery.

The perfect experience to entertain your household, or bring friends together remotely on different screens to work together to crack the case.

The Home Secretary, The Foreign Secretary and the Lord Chamberlain have all been found hanging in their own chambers. Each victim died on their birthday, and on that day had received a card with a mysterious quote written in it.

Don the deerstalker and become Baker Street’s finest detective. Tickets are £15 per player (based on a group of 6)

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Bed Seven

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.

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Reconnected

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.

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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.

Tool “Invincible”   

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.”

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Gordon Taggart

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

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Jason Shaw  

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.”

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#quarantunes

Beer O’Clock

with Paul Bradley

Showing on Facebook, Paul gives us his news and views on city life, whilst enjoying a beer (or two) of the day! Below our pick of the crop but lots more on Paul’s Facebook page.

Bread Beer?! What!

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De Koninck Bubbleisation Level 9

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Kent

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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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