Theatre Online

Theatre Online

Are you fed up with not being able to go out to the theatre? Don’t be. There’s a wealth of stuff online and so here’s a handy list of current opportunities. OK, so it’s not quite the same as sharing the communal experience with others but beggars, as they say ….. And there are advantages – no tedious travel and you can have an interval whenever you want. There’s more material being added all the time (although by its very nature some stuff doesn’t hang around for long) but this should be enough to keep you going for a while. Despite the first section below, most of the material is free to view though it would be nice if you could donate a few coppers to the artists and theatres that bring us this bonanza of goodies; times are rather hard for them at the moment

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This list was posted on 03/08/20 – Any updates since are marked *

Daily update alerts are posted on Twitter – @johnchapman398

For a separately curated list for Young People’s Online Theatre please click here

Subscription services

Marquee TV A healthy selection of theatre, dance and opera performances including many very recent Shakespeare productions from the RSC, a smaller selection of other Shakespeare plays from the Donmar and the Globe, 4 Oscar Wilde plays, 50 operas, a similar number of ballets and contemporary dance performances and a range of backstage documentaries. Reviews: Lady Windermere’s Fan (here), A Woman Of No Importance (here), An Ideal Husband (here), The Importance Of Being Earnest (here), Love’s Labour’s Lost (here), Love’s Labour’s Won (here), The Taming Of the Shrew (here), As You Like It (here), Measure For Measure (here) and Timon Of Athens (here). Marquee TV is a subscription service but is currently offering a 14 day free trial period

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Broadway HD An American equivalent of Marquee TV and sharing some of the same content. Highlights include Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson in Look Back In Anger, the complete RSC version of Nicholas Nickleby (review here), Ian McKellen’s recent King Lear and his legendary turn as Macbeth (with Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth), about 40 Broadway musicals (including Trevor Nunn’s version of Oklahoma (review here), 42nd Street and Jerry Springer The Opera), a family friendly section and an interesting world theatre selection. Broadway HD is a subscription service but is currently offering a 7 day free trial period

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Digital Theatre All sorts of goodies on here – David Tenant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing, Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, Regent’s Park’s production of Into The Woods, Maxine Peake in Hamlet, Lesley Manville in Ibsen’s Ghosts and that’s just for starters.  Digital Theatre is a subscription service 

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Globe Player There are about 75 productions available (so basically the entire Shakespeare canon plus), some of which are from worldwide visiting companies. Hunker down for the long haul and The Complete Works.

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National Theatre Collection Thirty recordings of NT productions from the last ten years including Billie Piper in Yerma, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, Helen McCrory in The Deep Blue Sea, Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in London Assurance and a whole raft of Shakespeare. The National Theatre Collection is an educational subscription service but free to UK state schools. Also see National Theatre At Home, below

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On The Boards TV A highly eclectic mix of international performance art is the mark of this website. On The Boards TV is a subscription service for buying or renting 

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Kanopy An international streaming service – all you need is a valid public library card. Among the theatre treats on offer there’s lots of Shakespeare, plenty of Chekov (Russian with subtitles), material from America’s avant garde Wooster Group and many more. Pick of the bunch is Patrick Stewart in Rupert Goold’s production of Macbeth

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Theatre and company websites

Scenesaver Devised long before lockdown, this is a site which curates shows from smaller venues off West End and around the world. There is an eclectic list of material in all genres e.g. John Hinton’s Scientrilogy ( reviews here and here) and David Benson’s one man shows about Kenneth Williams (review here), Samuel Johnson and Lockerbie (review here). The list of material is expanding rapidly after recently launching and there are now over 100 performances to choose from. Nominations for and winners of OnComms (commendations for online productions) are particularly highlighted e.g. first winner About 500 (review here)

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The Old Vic  The venerable theatre will periodically stream past productions for a week and started with its critically acclaimed A Monster Calls  (review here); Joe Penhall’s Mood Music was next (review here). A new project “In Camera” began with  socially distanced live streamed performances of another hit, Lungs, starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy (review here) followed by Andrew Scott in Three Kings. The theatre is also hosting the monologue series about the NHS called The Greatest Wealth

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival That’s Stratford in Ontario (not upon-Avon). Their StratFest@Home offers up 12 Shakespeare plays; a new production premieres every Thursday and is then available for 3 weeks. After playing for free, productions then become rentable.

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The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Open air theatres can now give performances but, as most will probably not be ready, you can still enjoy two al fresco Shakespeare productions on video: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest

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Greenwich Theatre  Twelve shows from the theatre’s back catalogue which were  originally shown via their Facebook page on “Flashback Fridays” have now all been transferred to You Tube.  Choose from classics The Duchess of MalfiThe School For Scandal, Volpone and Dr Faustus; contemporary pieces Anton’s Uncles, SharkLeg’s play Fulfilment (review here), Tobacco Road and When The Eye Has Gone; or family shows My Love Lies Frozen In the Ice, Where’s My Igloo Gone?, Earth Makes No Sound and Guess How Much I Love You? From July 31 to August 14 the theatre is also streaming Steven Berkoff’s Secret Love Life Of Ophelia featuring 40 actors (review here) Theatre Online
Southwark Playhouse  Currently available are Wasted (rock musical about the Brontës), Bound (Devon trawlermen on last voyage) and Twelfth Night (set at a music festival). Also home to Philip Ridley’s monologue project The Beast Will Rise

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Gate Theatre The small West London theatre is offering two critically acclaimed shows from its archive: The Unknown Island and Suzy Storck (review here)

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Finborough The pub theatre intends to release an archive production every month for as long as it can.  It Is Easy To Be Dead about WW1 poet Charles Hamilton Sorley started things off but has now finished (review here). Currently available are: Jane Clegg (review here), an early 20th century play about the economic subjugation of women; Continuity, in which an Irish freedom fighter begins to question his own beliefs; Blueprint Medea, a contemporary take on the Euripides classic. Scrounger (which focuses on the most vulnerable in society) streams from August 1 – 3 and 31st only (review here)

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Almeida Shifting Tides Festival A digital festival for young people on the subject of climate change. Two drama outcomes: As Waters Rise is a three part audio play and Writing The Festival consists of seven short video pieces written after a masterclass with dramatist Evan Placey (review here)

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The Curve Theatre in Leicester has archive productions available to please the traditionalists (The Importance Of Being Earnest) and the not so traditionalists (Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual). Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw also joined the mix (review here)

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*Five Day Play  Following a ten week competition run by Chichester Festival Theatre, four short plays have been professionally recorded as audio pieces

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Spymonkey  The comedy genius of this group will really give you a lift. Eight shows were  freestreamed with a new show each Sunday: Hysteria (review here), Oedipussy (review here), Moby Dick (review here), The Complete Deaths (review here), Stiff (review here), A Christmas Carol (review here), Every Last Trick (review here) and Love In (review here). Most of these shows are now available on demand for a small fee. Literally a laugh a minute – well several laughs per minute, actually.

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Imitating The Dog The innovative company who work on drama pieces and on what they term “sited work” is releasing a new production every two weeks. This started with their projection piece Oh The Night! and their big hit Night Of The Living Dead-Remix  (review here). Then followed Arrivals and Departures, Heart of Darkness, Yorkshire Electric, The Zero Hour, Trespass, 6 Degrees Below The Horizon and HouseDown 

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Deafinitely Theatre Award-winning bilingual theatre for deaf and hearing audiences using British Sign Language in its productions. Currently available for email subscribers is Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis

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Half Moon Theatre    The young people’s theatre has a range of material for all age groups. Currently available: What Once Was Ours, Off the Grid (reviews here), Guantanamo Boy* and her*  (reviews here) for 12/13+ years; Boys Don’t and More Important Things for 8 – 12 years; Butterflies,  Need A little Help, When Spring Comes, The Goose Who Flew and Once Upon A Snowflake for younger years. (*Advisory caution for some content) Some shows are also available on Scenesaver

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Little Angel Theatre Fancy some puppet action? Among many others the theatre is streaming its celebrated “Hat” trilogy (I Want My Hat Back/This Is Not My Hat/We Found A Hat – all for 3-6 year olds and What Does An Anteater Eat? for 2-5 year olds. There’s also a “Make Your Own Puppet Show” five day project to get stuck into

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Eugenius This 2018 musical about the superhero inside all of us was nominated for lots of awards. Shown via Facebook, it is an “homage to the sounds and cinema of the Eighties”

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical A one off streamed performance on Facebook which does what it says on the tin

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Oh Hello This one man show about “Carry On…” actor Charles Hawtrey is being released gradually in bite sized chunks on Facebook. Written by Dave Ainsworth and performed by Jamie Rees (NB This is not the full show)

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The Wind In The Willows Rufus Hound as Toad in a family friendly musical from Stiles and Drew, book by Julian Fellowes. There’s an accompanying downloadable activity pack too Rental is £4.99

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*Alice: A Virtual Theme Park  Creation Theatre’s online show goes down the rabbit hole to feature Lewis Carroll’s characters, A.I., magic and mind-blowing virtual tricks (review here). Ticket purchase required

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Getting Better Slowly A play by Adam Pownall tells the story of the writer’s illness (Guillain Barré Syndrome) through a creative collision of new writing, verbatim accounts, sound and movement

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Henry V This production of Shakespeare’s history play comes from The Barn in Cirencester and can be streamed on You Tube, Facebook or Twitter. There are some nice extras available – an interactive programme and a downloadable soundtrack

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Northern Comedy Theatre Following their play Doing Shakespeare (review here) the company have added three more shows, Doing The Pub Quiz, Doing Whodunnit and Doing The Book Club

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Placeprints A cycle of ten short audio plays by David Rudkin on the theme of the British landscape featuring performers such as Juliet Stevenson, Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence, Stephen Rea and Michael Pennington (reviews of Parts 1 – 4 here, Parts 5 – 8 here and Parts 9 – 10 here)

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Smokescreen  Two audio plays based on seminal works from English Literature are available entitled Waiting For Hamlet and Watson: The Final Problem (review here)

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The Evidence Chamber Become a member of a jury considering a case of murder in an interactive show which comes from Fast Familiar. There’s literally only twelve tickets per show. Ticket purchase required (review here)

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*Telephone by the company Coney is a mostly true history of telecommunications with interactive participation. Ticket purchase required

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Moment Of Grace The Actors Centre hosts a play about 1987’s visit to an AIDS Ward by Princess Diana. Available until August 9 (review here) Ticket purchase required

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*Watching Rosie Original Theatre Company present a (very) short play starring Miriam Margolyes which is about dementia during lockdown (review here)

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*Beckett Double Bill Two Samuel Beckett plays Krapp’s Last Tape and The Old Tune directed by Trevor Nunn and featuring David Threlfall, Niall Buggy and James Hayes. From the Jermyn Street Theatre. Ticket purchase required

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Pirates Rock  A swashbuckling full length family musical performed at the Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool

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Carousel  The Lincoln Center, New York is offering the Rogers & Hammerstein classic as a semi-staged performance until early September (review here)

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*Love, Noël Intimate live online performance of songs, stories and letters of Noël Coward and some of the people who made up his world. Pre booking is essential

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*Edinburgh Festival  There may be no festival proper this year, but there’s still some events happening online. In the theatre category there is Ghost Light by Hope Dickson Leach which is The National Theatre of Scotland’s tribute to playmaking (August 8 – 28) (review here) and Declan from Traverse Theatre, a reimagining of their 2019 hit Mouthpiece (August 24 – 30)

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*Edinburgh Fringe  When there’s an Edinburgh Festival there’s also got to be a Fringe (even if they are both online) There’s around 60 examples of online recordings, live Zoom shows, Watch Parties, escape room adventures and immersive experiences designated as “Theatre” (reviews of three shows here). Most intriguing title? A Young Man Dressed As A Gorilla Dressed As An Old Man Sits Rocking In A Rocking Chair For Fifty-Six Minutes And Then Leaves…12 – one performance only and a sell out expected – apparently!

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Videos on VIMEO

I, Malvolio,  I Banquo  & I, Peaseblossom   The inimitable Tim Crouch takes a sideways look at Shakespeare characters from Twelfth Night (review here), Macbeth (review here) and The Dream (review here). Highly unusual, highly entertaining and thought provoking. (See also I, Cinna (The Poet) in the You Tube list below)

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The Turning Point Short drama with Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Marsh in Michael Dobbs’s play about a meeting between Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess (review here)

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What I Heard About The World A kaleidoscope of narratives from Third Angel/mala voadora which looks at some weird facts about we humans and examines the power of storytelling. Filmed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 (review here)

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Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist Yes Yes No No’s exploration of intimacy with “extreme audience participation”. An Edinburgh fringe hit in 2017. Warning! This is NOT a family friendly show!

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Fragments  Five short pieces appropriately about isolation from Samuel Beckett directed by the legendary Peter Brook and contained within a French documentary. Filmed in Paris with an introduction from Brook in French ; the performances are in English (review here)

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Playboy Of The Western World  J.M Synge’s classic play telling the story of Christy Mahon is presented by the renowned Druid Theatre Company

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Snow Mouse Theatre for the very young. Egg In Bath’s short piece is aimed at those of 4 years old and under

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I Wish I Was A Mountain Also from Egg In Bath, poet Toby Thompson reimagines a fairy tale by Herman Hesse using rhyme and live music. For ages 7+

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Mushy: Lyrically Speaking The heart warming tale of Musharaf Asghar and his teacher Mr Burton from the TV documentary “Educating Yorkshire” who together overcame the student’s debilitating stammer (review here). Also available on Scenesaver

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The Beanfield Breach Theatre create a multi-media show based on the thirtieth anniversary of the Battle of The Beanfield when police clashed with protestors at Stonehenge (review here)

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Only The Brave Based on true events this musical is set in the run up to the D-Day landings about a group of soldiers and their families and loved ones. Written by Rachel Wagstaff, with music by Matthew Brind; recorded at the Wales Millennium Centre (review here)

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Sea Wall This monologue from the pen of Simon Stephens is performed by Andrew Scott and is an extraordinary piece of work (review here). Currently available to purchase/download

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Videos on YOU TUBE

The Winter’s Tale Cheek by Jowl’s unusual take on Shakespeare’s play performed at the Barbican in 2017

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Richard II – Swinging The Lens The first all women of colour Shakespeare on a UK stage (2019) – in the Sam Wanamaker playhouse

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Macbeth This one’s really intriguing. The Folger Theatre in Washington (part of Folger Library who own the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works) mount a production which is co-directed by Teller – of Penn and Teller fame (Link is to first part of video)

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It’s True. It’s True. It’s True Verbatim theatre with a difference. Taken from court transcripts of the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of the young painter Artemisia Gentileschi. The play examines whether anything has changed in the last four centuries (review here)

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The House Of Bernarda Alba Kathryn Hunter leads the Graeae Company in a production of Lorca’s acclaimed play

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Clown Funeral The physical theatre troupe have three pieces available on their You Tube channel – Mr Poe’s Legendarium (2015), The Murderer (2016) (review here) and Things We Chose To Save (2017). Darkly comic shows rooted in physicality, incorporating clowning, mime and audaciously non-naturalistic staging

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Daniel Bye Theatre maker Daniel Bye currently has three pieces on his You Tube Channel – How To Occupy An Oil Rig, Going Viral (review here) and The Price of Everything. “Bye juggles with comedy and tragedy, roughness and polish, truth and lies”.  Also available on Scenesaver

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Threedumb Theatre creates live streamed work via Facebook and then puts productions on You Tube. You can currently watch The Tell Tale Heart and Within (reviews here). Also available onScenesaver

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I, Cinna (The Poet) Another of Tim Crouch’s pieces about Shakespearean characters. Cinna is played by Jude Owusu – who was playing the same character in an RSC production of Julius Caesar at the time (See I, Malvolio, I, Banquo and I, Peaseblossom in the Vimeo list above) (There is a review of Tim Crouch playing the role, here)

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King Lear This is from the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a shortened version of the play for young people created by Tim Crouch

Theatre OnlineChickenshed The young people’s theatre’s 2020 spring show, Waiting For The Ship To Sail, was cut short mid run and is now available on their You Tube channel. It is about global migration and identity. You can also see 2017’s, Blowin’ In the Wind about civil rights, 2018’s Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow about climate change and 2019’s 100% Chance Of Rain about mental health

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Perfect A young boy meets his disabled sister for the first time. Puppetry, live music, animation and physical theatre combine in a show for ages 4+ from the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Also available on Scenesaver

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Viking The Intrepid Fools bring their story telling skills to a family show (children aged 8+) full of adventure based on Norse mythsTheatre Online

The Hunting Of The Snark  A musical adventure based on the nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll for 4 to 94 year olds (review here)

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Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls  An inclusive feminist musical for the modern child (aged 6+) Performed by Bric á Brac theatre. A “highlight of the year” for Family Stage

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Top Story This apocalyptic comedy by Sebastian Michael revolves around a couple of friends who spend their last seven days before the world ends watching the news, reinventing chess and generally putting things into perspective. Eerily topical (review here)

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North Country First produced as a stage play in an abandoned food hall in 2016, this version was constructed solely on mobile phones in a burnt out building with no power or wifi. Highly appropriate as a plague has wiped out most of the world’s population. Sounds like it might have something to say to us in 2020 (review here)

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Heads Up Written and performed by Kieran Hurley this takes the end of the world as we know it as its starting point. There is a streaming charge (review here)

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21 Chump Street This is short but sweet – a 14 minute musical from Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of stage phenomenon Hamilton

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Myth A modern full length musical which boldly retells the ancient myth of Orpheus and his quest to the underworld

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Ghost Quartet A hit when it opened the new Boulevard Theatre in Soho last year, Dave Molloy has written an unusual and intoxicating song cycle of love, loss and spirits – of both the spectral and alcoholic kind

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Timpson, The Musical A musical (owing a big debt to Romeo and Juliet) about the formation of the key cutting High Street chain – no really! (review here). Also available on Scenesaver

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Avenue Q The one about the puppets which isn’t Sesame Street or The Muppets. Filmed at the Midvale theatre, Utah – no me neither!

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Gecko  The renowned international dance theatre troupe have several shows on their You Tube channel: Time Of Your Life (review here), Taylor’s Dummies, The Race, The Arab & The Jew and The Overcoat. Their latest release Institute is currently on BBC iPlayer – see below

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5 Soldiers Choreographer Rosie Kay collaborates with the British army to give an insight into the psychology and welfare of front line soldiers

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Cookies Emily Jenkins’ play was commissioned as part of the Cyberscene Project; an theatre initiative which supports the health and well-being of young people affected by cyber bullying and other online issues

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Girls Like That Evan Placey’s play is also about cyberbullying. It follows a group of schoolgirls reacting as one of their peers has naked photos of themselves leaked online

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Bed Seven With the NHS currently front and centre here’s a feel good story from its early days by Simon de Cintra. First performed last autumn and now streamed in support of the Actor’s Centre (review here). Also available on Scenesaver

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National eTheatr New writing monologues (currently 30 of them) written, directed and performed by participants from the UK; most of them are under 30 minutes long.  The season kicked off with an extract from the Offie award winning A Hundred Words For Snow

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The One Day Of The Year  An iconic play by Alan Seymour is given the Zoom treatment by a cast of Australian and New Zealand actors. It was produced to commemorate this year’s ANZAC day.

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Reasons To Be Cheerful   Graeae’s raucous part gig/part play musical featuring the songs of Ian Dury. Available from June 3rd for two months. Oi Oi! (review here)

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Durham Revues  With Durham being much in the news recently, here’s three full revues from the university team which all played at the Edinburgh Festival: Shenanigans – 2014, Laugh Actually – 2017 and Unnatural Disaster – 2019

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The Tailor Made Man The true story of gay Hollywood silent film star William Haines. He refused to compromise and marry Pola Negri in order to quash the rumour mill and was then fired by Louis B. Mayer (review here)

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Theatro Technis The community venue in Camden has several full length productions on its You Tube channel. Most recently it has added The True Apology Of Socrates, Oedipus Rex and The Persians (considered the world’s oldest extant play)

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Great Apes The Arcola Theatre’s adaptation of Will Self’s satirical novel in which everyone except the hero has turned into a chimpanzee (review here). Go ape!

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Nine Lives Fleeing from homophobic persecution, Ishmael finds himself in Leeds where he hopes to find respite. A solo play streamed from the Arcola Theatre in 2016

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No Milk For The Foxes  Performed at the Camden People’s Theatre by beatboxing duo Beats & Elements, this is a hard hitting show about two security guards without much to do

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The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  The Bard chopped up and reassembled in zany bite size chucks by The Reduced Shakespeare Company – a real find, this one (review here)Theatre Online

The Chairs Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece translated by Martin Crimp with two blind actors and an audio described soundscape incorporated into the performance from Extant Theatre (review here) Also available on Scenesaver

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Jigsy A one man play by Tony Staveacre about a journeyman comedian well past his sell by date. Performed by Les Dennis at the Liverpool Royal Court (review here)

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549: Scots Of The Spanish Civil War Wonder Fools presents an archive recording set in 1936 when 549 people joined the International Brigade and become embroiled in a fight against fascism

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Approaching Empty  Playwright and ex-taxi driver Ishy Din sets his play in a run down mini cab office shortly after Margaret Thatcher’s death (review here)

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*Come To Where I Am (Series 8/9) Pentabus and Paines Plough have commissioned eight writers to construct short plays about their experience of the rural environment

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*Stan’s Internet Café  An adaptation of Robert Burton’s Anatomy Of Melancholy in 35 episodes (2 – 5 minutes each) plus a short play For Quality Purposes

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The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals  Despite the title this is a musical. In fact it’s a comedy horror musical as the small town of Hatchetfield is plunged into a world of unspeakable terror

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On BBC iPlayer/Sounds

Culture In Quarantine The BBC’s initiative runs across many of their TV and radio channels as well as online and via the iPlayer. Emma Rice’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s fantastical Wise Children (review here) kicked things off followed by six recent titles from the Royal Shakespeare Company (Hamlet (review here), Macbeth (review here), Romeo & Juliet (review here), The Merchant of Venice (review here), Much Ado About Nothing (review here) and Othello (review here)) and two from the Globe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest). Still to come – Mike Bartlett’s Albion from The Almeida and Battersea Arts Centre’s Frankenstein

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The Way Out   A contemporary/cabaret performance piece set in Battersea Arts Centre (review  here)

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Revisor Gogol’s The Government Inspector in a production that blends contemporary theatre with dance and recorded just days before lockdown (review here)

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Unprecedented A series of 14 short dramas in various styles developed since lockdown began. Written by celebrated playwrights, performed by a cast of over fifty UK actors and curated by Headlong Theatre, Century Films and BBC Arts (review here)

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Staged A bit of a cheat this one, but it is online, it is about theatre and stars two of the best actors of this generation: Michael Sheen and David Tennant … or David Tennant and Michael Sheen as they wrestle with rehearsing via Zoom (review here)

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Talking Heads Also not, strictly speaking, theatre but as near as makes no difference. Alan Bennett’s 12 rerecorded monologues with a starry cast masterminded by Nicholas Hytner are sure to appeal to those interested in modern drama (review of 1-4 here , 5-8 here and 9 – 12 here)

Theatre OnlineInstitute  Gecko Theatre presents a filmed version of Amit Lahav’s dance drama on the subject of care of ourselves and others in the modern world (review here). Further Gecko shows are on their You Tube channel – see above

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CBeebies) The classic play done in 50 minutes for the little ‘uns with children’s star turn  Justin Fletcher

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Lockdown Theatre Festival Four plays which had their runs cancelled because of coronavirus are given an audio makeover. Day One: Shoe Lady by E.V. Crowe, Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock (reviews here) Day Two: The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz and Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett (reviews here)

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*Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre Short entertainments from the pen of a master craftsman featuring the likes of Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Martin Jarvis, Patricia Hodge, Roger Allam and Julia McKenzie (4 episodes) (review here)

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The Show Must Go Online  A special mention for a very special project. Zoom performances of every Shakespeare play – one per week – in the order in which they were written featuring an international cast. Live streamed on Wednesdays at 7.00pm and then all available on You Tube. Current play – Hamlet.  Next play – Twelfth Night. Several past shows are also available on Scenesaver

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