Missing the magic of theatre?
30 Apr 2020
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Well, now you can stream the magic right from your sofa! Stay entertained while you stay in
With lockdown and social distancing, these are unusual times and life at home can fall into the same routine. You might be missing the outside world, but there are a few things that can help keep you entertained (and support the theatre industry at the same time). Here's how to #stayhome and still have a great night in.
What can you watch and where?
Good question - streaming services such as Netflix, NowTV, Amazon Prime and Disney+ all have some favourite musicals films and plays online, but what if you want to see the stage show itself? Below you’ll find some theatre streaming services that will keep your toes tapping away to irresistible musical numbers, or fully engrossed in some of the best plays of recent years.
Chock full of plays, and the odd musical, dance or opera, Digital Theatre offers a great variety of content. With a host of plays from the likes of The Old Vic and the RSC, this is a great and ever-growing service.
Subscribe for £9.99 a month or rent shows individually here.
Now if you're a Shakespeare aficionado, this may be the perfect streaming service for you. It holds the best of Shakespeare's Globe! It also includes interviews with big industry names, as well as a whole host of foreign language productions with English subtitles. As well as content you can buy, it also has a great amount that's free.
You can rent or own productions such as Hamlet for £4.99/£12.99, and even gift a show to someone else here.
Featuring work from the RSC, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and a selection of other companies, there are some great productions here such as Richard III featuring David Tennant.
You can get a 30-day free trial, then it’s £8.99 per month, or £89.99 per year here.
The Theatre Cafe
Right now is a difficult time for everyone, so the folks at the Theatre Cafe have come up with a fantastic idea to support performers during this time. They will be live streaming paid-for concerts with some well-known West End faces such as Layton Williams, Lucie Jones and Aimie Atkinson.
Tickets are just £7.50 and can be purchased here.
The Wind in the Willows
The producers of the 2017 West End production at The London Palladium have decided to make The Wind in the Willows available online.
You can rent it for just £4.99 here.
Eugenius! The Musical
You can now see the incredible hit Eugenius! in its entirety on Facebook or YouTube. Whilst originally meant as a reference video for the creative team, they decided to bring the joy of live theatre to your home!
You can see the YouTube version here.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has also decided to release some of its archives, for free, to the public. As part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series, they will be releasing something new weekly with opera and Royal Ballet performances including The Winter's Tale and Cosi fan tutte.
You can check out their YouTube channel for all their amazing content here.
The National Theatre is releasing a fantastic selection of some of its best-loved shows over the years. Previous shows include One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden. They'll be doing this every Thursday at 7pm, so keep your eyes peeled for the week ahead.
You can find these releases on their YouTube channel here.
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