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.
LIVE FROM JERMYN THEATRE LONDON
From Stream Theatre Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May
Tyger Drew-Honey and Kirsten Foster star in the world premiere of this compelling new thriller by the award-winning playwright, Shaun McKenna.
Early bird tickets just £12.50* if you book by 23 April!
Zoe had everything to live for when her life was suddenly and violently ripped apart. Seven years later, Zoe still wants answers. A chance encounter reopens old wounds and sets her on a path that will lead either to devastation or redemption.
What exactly does her elusive, soft-spoken, butterfly-raising caretaker know? And how far will she go to find out?
Starring Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered, Cuckoo) and Kirsten Foster, Shaun McKenna’s compelling and timely new thriller Rocky Road is a gripping exploration of grief, obsession and revenge.
‘I make brilliant Rocky Road. It’s kind of my signature thing… What this is… is the hard lump in the rocky road. Hard as gravel. Small but, when you least expect it, it will stick in your throat or you’ll break a tooth on it. Every time.’
A New Stage
CLI STUDIOS | ONLY UNTIL SUNDAY 18TH
Don’t miss this world-class performance celebrating various genres of dance. Streaming only until this Sunday 18th April.
Tiler Peck and CLI Studios invite you to join us virtually for A New Stage, a thrilling set of performances featuring a star-studded cast from the worlds of classical ballet, commercial dance, and Broadway.
Get a front-row seat to experience world-class artistry from the comfort of your home, with three incredible performances in a range of styles from ballet to hip-hop to tap. Together for the first time, Tiler Peck, Lil Buck, Sierra Boggess, Brooklyn Mack, and the Syncopated Ladies take the stage in works by Chloe Arnold and Jennifer Weber, and a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon.
In addition to each performance, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how this reimagined production came together in the midst of a global pandemic. From rehearsals over Zoom to collaborating in quarantine, these artists’ passion for creating and bringing new art to the beautiful arts community gave birth to a new way, a new form… A New Stage.
BBC 4 | iPLAYER
Streaming on BBC 4 this series of 7 episodes can be streamed on iPlayer for free!
A virtual theatre festival staged in lockdown. Household names join groundbreaking new talent – pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be when there is no audience in the room.
Adam – Inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry, Adam tells the remarkable story of a young trans man and his struggle across genders and borders to be himself. Originally a multi-award-winning stage play, Adam has been reinvented as a compelling, theatrical on-screen drama.
Pale Sister – Pale Sister is a retelling of the classic tale of Antigone seen through the eyes of Ismene as she recounts her sister’s infamous defiance of their uncle, the king of Thebes, and witnesses what happens when a woman speaks truth to power.
Sadie – The international premiere of a searing new play from David Ireland centres on a Belfast woman reflecting on her turbulent life amidst the Troubled past.
Half Breed – A new drama written by Natasha Marshall adapted from the play of the same name. It is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age drama about finding your voice.
Sitting – Bafta Award-winning Katherine Parkinson’s debut play. Three characters sit for a silent painter and reveal their personal truths in a play about love, loss and the importance of human connection.
Harm – When a lonely estate agent sells a house to Alice, a charismatic social media influencer, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But as her obsession with Alice’s seemingly perfect world intensifies, the lines between the online world and reality become dangerously blurred.
Buttercup – Fortune is live streaming an informal spoken word gig to her online followers. As she takes the mic, she desperately hopes that her audience will include the one person who needs to hear her truth: her mother.
Life in Stages
Free to watch from 22nd April: New episodes released at 7pm each thursday
Life in Stages is the National Theatre’s brand-new interview series profiling some of the biggest names in British theatre.
Filmed on the empty Lyttelton stage, each episode features a pair of creatives reflecting on their theatre careers, and revealing the funny, personal and poignant stories behind everything from their earliest theatre memory to their biggest professional highs and lows.
The first three episodes of Life in Stages feature Olivia Colman and Rufus Norris, Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor, and Adrian Lester and Meera Syal.
Life in Stages will premiere on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel on 22 April 2021, with new episodes released at 7pm BST each Thursday. An additional three episodes in the series will be announced later this month.
If you’ve ever thought about supporting the National Theatre, now is the time. Donate today and together we can celebrate the brilliant people who sit at the heart of everything we do.
To donate, text:
LIS 5 to 70450 to donate £5
LIS 10 to 70450 to donate £10
LIS 20 to 70450 to donate £20
Romeo & Juliet
NATIONAL THEATRE | SKY ARTS
Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor are Juliet and Romeo in a bold new film from the National Theatre.
The film premiered on Sunday 4 April on Sky Arts plus Easter Monday 5 April and can now be seen on Sky Arts catch-up and Now TV.
Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. In defiance of their feuding families, they chase a future of joy and passion as violence erupts around them.
This bold new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.
Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) play Juliet and Romeo, alongside award-winning cast Tamsin Greig, Fisayo Akinade, Adrian Lester, Lucian Msamati, Deborah Findlay and Friar Laurence.
BY FREDDIE MERCURY…. AND MARTYN ELLIS
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!
Being Mr Wickham
Written by Adrian Lukis and Catherine Curzon and performed by Adrian Lukis.
Live streamed from the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – from Friday 30 April – 7.30pm.
“Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends – whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certain”
Mr Wickham is ready to set the record straight.
Adrian Lukis, who starred in the renowned BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, returns to the role of Mr Wickham this summer.
Meet Pride and Prejudice’s most roguish gentleman, George Wickham, on the eve of his sixtieth birthday, to lift the sheets on what exactly what happened thirty years on from where we left him…
Live from the stage of the magnificent Regency Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, discover his own version of some very famous literary events.
What really happened with Darcy…?
What did he feel about Lizzie…?
What happened at Waterloo? Not to mention Byron…
These live performances will be followed by a Q&A with Adrian Lukis.
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.
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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