The Best Virtual Theatre Shows to Watch Now
Though theatres remain closed for the foreseeable, play lovers need not despair – there is a plethora of world-class shows streaming online for your entertainment and virtual viewing pleasure.
Where to Watch the Best Virtual Theatre Online
National Theatre At Home
Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Michaela Coel, Helen Mirren and Dominic Cooper are just some of the stars featuring in a new pay-for-play streaming service from the National Theatre. The new platform follows the success of the theatre streaming filmed plays on Thursdays during the summer – yet while those were free to watch, there will be a fee this time round, which can be paid monthly or annually. Titles available to watch include Coriolanus, Dara, Phèdre and Yerma. ntathome.com
Swan Lake Bath Ballet
While stages are off limits, ballet dancers have taken to performing elsewhere – including in the bath. Corey Baker Dance’s new short film entitled Swan Lake Bath Ballet sees 27 world-class ballet dancers from around the world performing a modern-day Swan Lake from their own home filled bathtubs. Baker – a choreographer in residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet – put the whole thing together remotely, with dancers filming their performances on their phones. The film was created as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine programme, a virtual outlet created during lockdown. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
Grange Park Opera, Surrey
Since being founded in 1998, Grange Park Opera has established itself as an integral part of the British summer season. And while we sadly weren’t able to enjoy its delights in person last year, founder Wasfi Kani has devised a season of entirely new content for us to watch from home. The Interim Season celebrates the seasons between summers – when the festival takes place – with 19 fresh performances from more than 60 artists being released online.
Now Showing: Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave.
Thanks to the Globe Player, the iconic theatre’s free YouTube channel, you needn’t leave the sofa to get your Shakespeare fix. The Globe will be screening some of the Bard’s best-loved works, to change every fortnight.
Now Showing: The 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet
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Soho Theatre on Demand
From a vibrant concert courtesy of Grammy nominated trio The Tiger Lillies to an uproarious comedy show from Irish drag queen Panti, the Soho Theatre’s expansive collection of virtual shows guaranteed hours of enthralling entertainment. sohotheatreondemand.com
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If one Shakespeare play every two weeks isn’t cutting it, you can stream 17 more – including Othello, King Lear and Anthony & Cleopatra – Royal Shakespeare Company productions through Marquee TV. The streaming platform is currently offering viewers a free 30-day trial, hopefully enough to get theatre fans through lockdown with their sanity intact.
You can support the RSC through the company’s closure by making a donation here
The Royal Opera House
While not strictly theatre, it’s nonetheless thrilling news that the Royal Opera House is bringing a selection of spectacular past operas and ballets to our screens. The ROH’s YouTube channel is hosting weekly screenings of world-class performances, with the full schedule available on the ROH website.
Featured image: National Theatre Phèdre
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