MORE ONLINE PERFORMANCES TO WATCH
Expand your cultural horizons with these further recommendations …
- imitating the dog – view here
The company's remake of the iconic Night of the Living Dead movie is a stirring mix of film and live performance.
- ZARA – view here
Mind the Gap, Walk the Plank and Emergency Exit Arts' epic 2019 show is now online, featuring 100 performers and a giant baby bigger than a double-decker bus.
- Middle Child – view here
The hit gig-theatre company is making a variety of shows available online for free. If you like your theatre high-octane, vibrant and tuneful, check them out!
- The International Online Theatre Festival – view here
Running from 15 April to 15 May, the online festival provides some of the most cutting-edge contemporary theatre from venues all across the world. Highlights include Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell's Orlando, as well as Milo Rau's Lenin and a wad of shows from Germany's Schaubühne.
- Crongton Knights – view here
The smash-hit Pilot Theatre show is available from 22 April to 9 May.
- Deafinitely Theatre – view here
The award-winning company plans to release three shows over the next three months, presented in both British Sign Language and Spoken English.
- Mushy: Lyrically Speaking – view here
The hit production about living with a speech impediment is available online.
- What the Butler Saw – view here
Curve Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath's 2017 production of Joe Orton's hit play will be streamed online from 19 April. The cast features Rufus Hound, Dakota Blue Richards, Catherine Russell, Jack Holden, Jasper Britton and Ravi Aujla. It is lewd, bloody and brilliant. The venue's productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual are also available.
- Wise Children – view here
Emma Rice's smash-hit show will be available on BBC iPlayer for three months from Easter weekend.
- Battersea Arts Centre and BBC Arts – view here
To coincide with releasing a whole wad of "Performance Live" shows for free on iPlayer (including the National production of Love), BBC Arts and Battersea Arts Centre have partnered to present The Way Out, a single-take film featuring Omid Djalili.
- Chichester Festival Theatre – view here
The venue will begin streaming archived shows from Thursday, including the award-winning Flowers for Mrs Harris.
- Getting Better Slowly – view here
The hit show has been made available online to raise money for the GAIN charity, which helps those affected by GBS, CIDP and the associated inflammatory neuropathies.
- Told By An Idiot – view here
The incredible company is putting up a new show every week to keep audiences entertained.
- It's True, It's True, It's True – view here
The Breach Theatre and Artemisia Films production aired on BBC Four after being filmed on location in a former chapel. Based on transcripts taken from the 1612 trial of Italian artist Agostino Tassi, who was accused of raping fellow painter Artemisia Gentileschi while he was tutoring her at her father's house, the show will now be free to stream online for 30 days from 31 March.
- Cheek By Jowl - view here
The iconic theatre company has brought back the archive recording of its hit version of Shakespeare's problem play, The Winter’s Tale, which was captured live at the Barbican in 2017. It's around for a month!
- Pentabus Theatre Company – view here
Pentabus will release its archive of plays on a regular basis, and they'll be available for the next three months. Shows include Here I Belong by Matt Hartley on Friday 27 March with other shows to follow including Crossings by Deirdre Kinahan and Each Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey.
- Amsterdam – view here
Maya Arad Yasur's prize-winning play is available via the Orange Tree website, for a limited time. The piece is a co-production with Actors Touring Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows a nine months’ pregnant violinist living in a canal-side apartment who finds an unpaid gas bill.
- Henry V – view here
The Barn's hit production with Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels went live at 6pm on Friday 27 March, and is available from The Barn's website.
- Gecko Theatre – view here
Physical theatre pros Gecko have put a wad of their shows on YouTube for free, including The Time of Your Life, a collaboration with the BBC.
- Girls Like That – view here
Evan Placey's hit 2014 play heads to the virtual world. It follows a group of schoolgirls reacting as one of their peers has naked photos of themselves leaked online – a pertinent issue for the present day, and a good way to get into a knotty play during the quiet hours.
- Clown Funeral – view here
Associate artists of the New Diorama and Pegasus Theatre, Clown Funeral has made three shows available online for free so that's a whole wad of whimsy while you wait for the virus to subside!
- The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak – view here
The Bristol-based puppetry and theatre company have shared their show The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak online, a chamber opera that charts the story of a sideshow freak in 18th-century Paris who serves as a spy for the French Revolutionary Army.
- The Show Must Go Online – view here
This is a cool scheme: live readings of Shakespeare's works provided by top-notch actors who would otherwise be twiddling their thumbs.
- Joe Stilgoe – view here
The famed music maker is going live every day from his very own shed! Each day has a different theme: Mondays is musicals, Wednesday is mash-ups and Friday is children's requests. You can watch along here.
- Only the Brave – view here
The hit musical starring Caroline Sheen and David Thaxton is available for free online. The show, filmed by AdVision TV in 2016, tells the story of a group of soldiers in the run-up to the D-Day landings. It had its first run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008, before a full production premiered in 2016 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
- 21 Chump Street – view here
Long before Hamilton there was the speedy 21 Chump Street, starring Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The BAM performance is available to watch in its entirety above. A small nugget of gold.
- Ghost Quartet – view here
Missed the award-winning revival of Ghost Quartet when it ran in London last year? Dave Malloy has posted the full musical on YouTube, featuring himself, performed in 2015.
- OperaVision – view here
The European Commission-supported OperaVision will be supplying free opportunities to watch top-tier performances filmed at the highest quality level, with new shows released weekly on top of a massive back catalogue.
- The Signal – view here
Musical theatre pro Adam Lenson has given every musical fan their heart's desire with The Signal, a raft of shows and performances all available online for free.
- Timpson: the Musical – view here
The hit Fringe production has put its best foot forward and released a full recording online!
- Eugenius! – view here
The London production of this musical will stream online to raise money for Acting for Others. A full archive-footage recording of the show was released on Facebook on Friday 20 March.
- Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus – view here
Directed by Arlene Phillips, Sam Cassidy's musical started life at the Cockpit Theatre in 2016 as 27. It morphed into its current form and ran at The Other Palace in 2018, with cast members including Zoe Birkett (The Bodyguard), Jaymi Hensley (Union J) and Jodie Steele (Heathers). Watch for free now to discover a modern retelling of the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and the underworld.
- Northern Ballet – view here
The iconic company is putting shows online for free, including the lauded production of George Orwell's 1984.
- 5 Soldiers - view here
The critically acclaimed five-star production is a collaboration between British choreographer Rosie Kay and the British army, and gives an insight into the psychology and welfare of soldiers fighting on the front lines.
- MK ULTRA – view here
The company behind 5 Soldiers has released another show, filmed at the Southbank Centre.
- BalletBoyz – view here
BalletBoyz' new dance show, Deluxe, which was due to open at London Sadler's Wells, will instead be made available online for free.
- Manual Cinema – view here
Experts in transforming screens, scenes and spaces into cinematic feasts, the award-winning company are putting two of their shows online for free.