Theatre from the best seat in YOUR house
Missing your theatre fix? Swap your pearls for PJs and stream the very best theatre live into your living room. Here's where to find cultural gold from theatres in Berkshire and beyond.
LIVE STREAM: Romeo & Juliet, Norden Farm, Thu 11 Feb
Fuelled by cabin fever and with a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, The Handlebards did what they do best and created an unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet. With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can shake a spear at, this is a theatre show not to be missed when it’s livestreamed from Norden Farm in Maidenhead.
ON DEMAND: The Strange Case Of Jekyll & Hyde, South Hill Park,
A fully staged performance of Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely acclaimed production,The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, performed to a live audience at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell on 18 September 2020. If you missed it live, here’s your chance to watch the performance – featured in The Guardian’s ‘Best Theatre to Watch Online’ andThe Times’ ‘Best Live Arts to Stream’– in the comfort of your own home.
LIVE STREAM: The F Word, Progress Theatre, 27-30 Jan
The F Word is a comedy-drama, originally produced for Edinburgh Fringe, now adapted for a streaming audience. You see, 17-year-old Jacob is dying and with his mate Tommy they plan to make the most of the time they have left together. This isn’t a story about death. It’s a story about life, friendship and a funeral.
ON DEMAND: The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Watermill Theatre, 16-31 Mar
Sharing the love, this new on-demand production of The Picture of Dorian Gray is co-produced by the Oxford Playhouse, The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey theatre and Theatre Clwyd, with 20 partner venues benefitting from ticket sales – including The Watermill in Bagnor. It stars Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk and Bandersnatch, who will play the titular role.
ONE DEMAND: Grimm Tales for Fragile Times and Broken People, Creation Theatre, 28 Jan – 14 Feb
Creation Theatre have been producing brilliant virtual shows throughout the pandemic. And they’re back with the brand new show Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People (rather timely, don’t you think?). It’s running from 28 Jan – 14 Feb, £20 per device.
ON DEMAND: Fidelio in Concert, Garsington Opera At Home, until 22 Apr
The bucolic Wormsley Estate is back in action with a series of performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio, last performed by Garsington Opera to great critical acclaim at the Philharmonie in Paris in 2016. With themes of oppression, isolation and hope, it’s perfect for the times.
The Three Sisters, The National Theatre At Home
It’s Netflix for National Theatre fans. With a star-studded back catalogue of hit shows, the National Theatre At Home gives you access to some of those productions to watch on-demand. The current selection includes Three Sisters (pictured), Amadeus, Medea and the Young Vic’s award-winning Yerma, as well as its panto, Dick Whittington. Viewers can pay a monthly subscription to access the whole catalogue, or rent productions individually.
Lungs, Old Vic In Camera
The Old Vic led the way last year by live streaming performances that were actually being performed live. More shows will be announced later this year as part of its In Camera series, but until then watch an encore of some of last year’s productions. Book up for Lungs with Claire Foy and Matt Smith – available 27-29 Jan.
If you’re in home schooling hell, this pretty much ticks all the boxes – english, drama and a bit of history too. So shut the exercise books and spend the afternoon on the sofa. Shakespeare’s Globe has a packed online catalogue of productions available to rent, including Michelle Terry as Hamlet, Gemma Arterton in The Duchess of Malfi and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name a few.
Hamilton The Musical, Disney+
If you haven’t signed up to Disney+ yet, now is the time as Hamilton The Musical is available exclusively on the streaming service. If you don’t know already (erm, where have you been?) the smash-hit Broadway musical follows the journey of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States and is told entirely through hip hop and rap. It’s breathtakingly brilliant (you’ll love it even if you’re anti-musicals), so definitely worth a watch as a ticket would set you back £100+ to see it at the theatre. This is a more wallet-friendly £5.99!
Who’s in need of a laugh right now? I’d take a snigger, if I’m honest. Panic not, Soho Theatre On Demand is streaming to bring you comedy on tap. Well, one demand to be exact. Jen Brister, Joel Dommett, Josie Long and Shappi Khorsandi are among the many talents available online for living room LOLS. Plus Richard Blackwood’s stand-up show Typical will be available from 24 Feb.
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