Sub-edited by Jasmine Wing
These are trying times for everyone – particularly for those of us who love the theatre. Our safe spaces were one of the first to close and are bound to be one of the last places to reopen. However, theatre’s have made ways around the closures so you don’t have to lose out on your passions during the pandemic – there are ways for you to pursue your interests even just from your sofa.
So let’s take a look at some of the most talked-about resources for theatre connoisseurs.
The Shows Must Go On
A big shout is definitely needed for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber – you most likely know him from Cats, Phantom of the Opera, or Evita. But further, than gifting us such timeless pieces, he has now started the motion aptly named as ‘The Shows Must Go On’. At 7pm each Friday he is releasing a musical to be streamed for 48 hours on his Youtube channel here.
He started with his 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat and has since streamed shows such as CATS The Musical, HAIRSPRAY Live, The Phantom of The Opera and Jesus Christ Super Star.
The National Theatre
The National Theatre have our souls in mind as well, they have released their NT live filled with show footage. This means that you can stream huge shows such as Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night starring Tasmin Greig. They have promised us more shows as the weeks go by, and they will be announced soon, viewable here.
The Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre is streaming the award-winning Cyprus Avenue, starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone which mixes live-action with previously filmed footage to give us the mixed media fix that we are craving in these troubled times. This black comedy will certainly have you laughing and crying and is perfect if you enjoy some escapism. This is the only content available as of yet, and you can catch up with it here.
Deafiently Theatre are streaming three shows over the coming months, available both in BSL and spoken English. Start with their Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2012 co-production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, chase this in May with their production of George Brant’s Grounded and finish off with Mike Barlett’s Contractions in June. You definitely won’t get bored.
“Deafientely Theatre is thrilled to make digitally available three of our recent plays to give audiences a chance to see or revisit acclaimed bilingual productions. Each will be available for a month free on our YouTube channel.”
Sadler Wells Digital Stage
Finally for our performance pocket-guide is Sadler Wells Digital Stage who are not only offering streamed versions of their performances but also virtual workshops for all generations so even while stuck at home you can get your weekly dose of soul-revitalising dance.
Watch The Thread now, a piece inspired by ancient mythology and set to explosive electronic music, exploring changing forms of traditional Greek dance – it can be found here.
Well, that’s a wrap! With the above resources being just the tip of the iceberg, there is no reason that you cannot experience art just through whichever screen you are reading this on. Enjoy!