Online theatre news
Protein's Sun Inside plays virtual EdinburghProtein Dance's The Sun Inside, a film created by Luca Silvestrini, Roswitha Chesher and Andy Pink, will be available as part of ZOO’s 2020 digital Edinburgh programme.
15 Heroines and 2 BeckettsJermyn Street Theatre has put fifteen new commissions and a sell-out Beckett Double Bill online.
The redemptive power of Opera HelpsOpera Helps began as an art project in which opera singers visited people's homes to sing to them one to one, "harnessing the redemptive power of opera", and has now been adapted for online.
Shedinburgh announces 'shed-ule'Shedinburgh Fringe Festival has released a schedule of one-off Zoom performances from sheds around the country during August featuring some leading names in Fringe theatre and comedy.
Happy Days after allA production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, by acclaimed director David Thacker, will now be shown online.
Theatre at home for youngstersThe Dukes in Lancaster and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield have devised a theatrical experience for 7- to 12-year-olds to enjoy at home.
Bolton's Mayor adds Octagon to charitiesThe Mayor of Bolton has included the town’s Octagon Theatre amongst her chosen charities.
Shelton sings Sinatra for Nottingham Playhouse appealActor and singer Richard Shelton is to perform as Frank Sinatra in a concert from the balcony of his home in Hollywood in aid of Nottingham Playhouse’s Curtain Up appeal.
New NE play about Universal Credit to be streamed in SeptemberNewcastle-based Cap-a-Pie will stream Credit, a new play by Laura Lindow based on research into Universal Credit, the latest and biggest change to the benefits system, in September.
Ghost Light: the plight of the theatre ghostWhat happens to theatre ghosts when a pandemic closes their home?
BRB Cinderella to be streamed onlineDavid Bintley's production of Cinderella will be broadcast in full on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s web site and Facebook page at the end of its Home from Home series.
Edinburgh Book Festival goes onlineThis year's Edinburgh International Book Festival will feature more than 140 online events over 17 days in August 2020.
theSpace launches online Edinburgh Fringe programme[email protected] will offer more than 80 shows online for free during August plus live shows every Saturday.
NDCWales & Literature Wales digital film collaborationPlethu/Weave will see NDCWales dancers partnered with Literature Wales commissioned poets on short solo film performances to première at the National Eisteddfod’s online digital festival.
Stan’s Cafe goes for quality in call centre playBirmingham company Stan’s Cafe is to première a play online which is inspired by global call centres and the fleeting relationships between those seeking help and those attempting to supply it.
Elmhurst Ballet School dance masterclassesElmhurst Ballet School, the vocational school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will move its annual summer school online this August with its Back to Dance Masterclasses.
Moment of Grace on screenNew play Moment of Grace has been adapted as a film-theatre hybrid for online viewing.
Call out for Capsule Theatre FestivalWriters are invited to submit short plays suitable for socially distanced rehearsals and performance for new festival of filmed work.
ENB at HOME: youth dance courseThis summer, English National Ballet will run a course of free online classes for young dancers aged 14–19 years.
Artists collaborate for international online festivalLeicester-based ArtReach has commissioned artists aged under 30 from across Europe to create collaborative works of art for an online event, Journeys Festival International.
Starmer praises Coventry communities for pulling togetherLabour leader Keir Starmer has praised the outreach work done by Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and the way communities of Coventry have pulled together during lockdown.
Summer schools to go ahead in BirminghamBirmingham REP is to host two summer schools, with those attending five-day workshops able to choose between in-person tuition in the theatre’s rehearsal rooms or online classes.
Noah zooms in for repeat Nottingham Playhouse performanceNottingham Playhouse’s live online production of Noah and the Peacock by Jeff James, written and created for Zoom during the theatre’s temporary closure, is to return in August.
Buxton Fringe “vindicated” by late rush of entriesThe decision to go ahead with the 2020 Buxton Fringe was “more than vindicated by the rush of entries that came in” in June, according to new chair Stephen Walker.
Shielding family to perform King Lear live at homeFamily-run theatre company Oddsocks is to present an online comedy version of Shakespeare's King Lear which will be "as it has never been seen before".
The Great Big Radio Show onlineMalta's Teatru Manoel streams British musical comedy The Great Big Radio Show.
Oldham initiative launches three audio playsOldham Coliseum, TripleC and Disabled Artists Networking Community have commissioned three short audio plays.
Ten Nights in BoltonBolton Octagon has released audio recordings of 10 monologues—winners of the One Night In Bolton creative writing competition.
RSC actors have the answer for homework questionsThe Royal Shakespeare Company has revealed that more than 100,000 young people have received advice on performing and studying Shakespeare from RSC actors and alumni as part of its Homework Help initiative.
Ride The White Swan on YoutubeThe White Swan is a monologue performance by writer, storyliner, director and producer Grace O’Leary.
Midlands writers selected for digital TV seriesCoventry's Belgrade Theatre and Strictly Arts Theatre Company have announced the six Midlands-based writers who will develop a digital TV series, SeaView.
Birmingham REP Fix It events go onlineBirmingham REP and Lightpost Company have begun a series of free online events, Fix It: Time to Breathe, created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Nottingham Classic Thriller Season goes onlineTwo events are to be made available online as part of the annual Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham's Theatre Royal which has been running since 1986.
NDCWales shows Christopher Bruce’s DreamOn the day that should have been the Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, National Dance Company Wales will be showing its 23-minute film of Dream, by Christopher Bruce CBE on Facebook and YouTube.
World's largest arts festival goes onlineEdinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced a 2020 digital programme, with a Crowdfunder partnership and streaming alternatives.
ENB Cinderella Games online premièreCinderella Games, a film project inspired by Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Prokofiev's Cinderella for English National Ballet, is to be shown online
Gecko's Institute on BBC FourGecko, BBC Arts, The Space and Illuminations have collaborated on an adaptation of theatre show Institute for BBC Four, broadcast as part of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine.
Swan Lake becomes a bathtub balletBallet dancers perform from their bathtubs all over the world in Swan Lake Bath Ballet film by Corey Baker, available on BBC iPlayer as part of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine.
Manch UK: new virtual platform from South Asian dance communityA new virtual platform, Manch UK, shares stories and short performances from the South Asian dance community from artists including Mavin Khoo, Aakash Odedra, Vidya Patel, Sonia Sabri and Subathra Subramaniam.
Rosie Kay in new solo work: Absolute Solo II.Award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay is returning to the stage after five years in her new solo work as part of a triple bill: Absolute Solo II, 21 years on from her first ever solo show Absolute Solo.
Hope Mill to stream new Olympia Dukakis documentaryManchester's Hope Mill Theatre is to livestream the UK première of Olympia, a new documentary celebrating the career of stage and screen icon Olympia Dukakis, for free.
Cumbrian writers selected for script developmentTheatre by the Lake and Paines Plough have announced the four Cumbrian writers who have been commissioned under their Come to Where I Am project.
Medieval murder-mystery musical at Buxton FringeA medieval story of murder, deception and love set in Chesterfield in the aftermath of a global pandemic is to be told at Buxton Fringe.
Peak Voices sing online for Buxton FringeProfessional Derbyshire-based singing group Peak Voices is presenting an hour-long online production of their show One Song More as part of Buxton Fringe.
Opera North's Tragedy on BBC iPlayerCapturing the backstage world during a performance of La traviata by Opera North, Tragedy, by artist and film-maker Lynne Marsh, is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Gogol’s madman diary gets second Buxton readingDamn Cheek Productions is to repeat its online reading of Kelvin Segger’s dramatisation of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman as part of Buxton Fringe.
Three new Friday premières from Royal Opera HouseThe Royal Opera House continues its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme with three new productions: Romeo and Juliet (The Royal Ballet, 2019), Faust (The Royal Opera, 2019) and The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet, 2020).
Barbican to stream Rhiannon Faith’s Drowntown LockdownA film prologue to Rhiannon Faith's Drowntown, which was set to be on a UK tour now including a visit to the Barbican, will be screened online followed by the trailer for the stage show and a Q&A discussion.
Godspell 50th anniversary concertStars record concert performance to mark half a century of Stephen Schwartz’s hit musical Godspell.
Bard From The Barn—from monologues to duologuesWest End stars partner drama school graduates in the second series of Bard from the Barn.
Tales from the Front LineTalawa Theatre Company is creating a series of verbatim pieces with black frontline workers.
Keswick theatre offers online play reading group, exhibition and networkingKeswick's Theatre by the Lake has announced a programme of free activities while it is closed: the TBTL play reading club, Cumbrian Creatives—a network for local artists—and a community exhibition.
Landscape Jukebox celebrates Peak District beautyA “theatrical project that investigates the different ways in which people think” and which is a celebration of the Peak District has been created especially for Buxton Fringe.
Crookes makes Buxton debut with improvised tapRebecca Crookes is to make her Buxton Fringe debut with Time to Tap, a tap performance with live music by Kyle Lamley.
ENB and Royal Ballet Schools in online World Ballet School DayEnglish National Ballet School and The Royal Ballet School will take part in the inaugural World Ballet School Day, to be streamed online on Tuesday 7 July from 12 noon.
Rosemary Lee’s Common Dance available onlineA dance film of Rosemary Lee’s Common Dance, created for Greenwich’s historic Borough Hall in 2009, will be free to view until 22 July 2020.
Blackboard play is class act for Buxton FringeBlackboard Theatre is to present for Buxton Fringe a live video recording of a read-through of Special Measures, a tour of which was cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Three’s Company’s comedy podcast for Buxton FringeThree’s Company, which has been taking productions to Buxton Fringe for 16 years, is offering a new online comedy podcast for the 2020 festival.
Midsummer online festival hailed a “success”Thousands of arts and culture lovers tuned in online to Midsummer Festival, a free one-day festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands.
“Highly unusual” Buxton Fringe goes aheadAlmost 90 entries have been received for the 2020 “highly unusual” Buxton Fringe, described by the organisers as a “wonderful show of faith, creativity and ingenuity from our loyal and tireless performers”.
Online platform set up for ill and disabled artistsCoventry-based disability arts organisation Radical Body has started an online platform designed to connect and support disabled and chronically ill artists and audiences.
Gogol’s madman diary brought to life at BuxtonDamn Cheek Productions is to present an online reading of Kelvin Segger’s dramatisation of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman at Buxton Fringe.
Sylphide and Cinders for ENB at Home in JulyThe final instalment of English National Ballet’s ENB at Home programme will feature La Sylphide and Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.
Hussey clowns about in isolation at Buxton FringeBath Spa University graduate Frank Hussey has entered his one-man online mini-series, A Clown Named Curly in isolation, for the Buxton Fringe.
SJD Shorts: Shobana Jeyasingh's works onlineShobana Jeyasingh has worked with filmmakers Terry Braun and Gary Tanner on new short films for small screens based on raw footage of her original stage works, SJD Shorts.
Warwick students take up challenge to save theatresStudents from the University of Warwick in Coventry have organised a national fundraising campaign to help support the arts industry.
RSC playmaking festival for schools goes onlineMore than 100 young people from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s associate schools programme are to share a series of original digital responses to Shakespeare’s plays.
Darcey Bussell confirmed for U.Dance festivalDame Darcey Bussell, Strictly Come Dancing’s Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Boy Blue’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae and West End star Layton Williams are confirmed in the line-up for U.Dance Digital 2020.
Birmingham Opera goes online this summerBirmingham Opera Company has announced productions to be shown online in the coming months, including Tippett’s The Ice Break, Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht / Wednesday from Light and Verdi’s Othello.
Buxton International Festival goes onlineOrganisers of the 2020 Buxton International Festival have released details of a replacement digital season which has been curated by artistic director Adrian Kelly and Vicky Dawson, the book festival director.
Youngsters to take part in digital festivalIndependent production studio China Plate and Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre are to stage a digital festival which has been programmed by, with and for 16- to 21-year-olds.
Revival: two theatres unite for online discussionsNottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East are to co-produce The Revival, a series of online discussions reuniting the people behind some of the most popular productions at each theatre in recent years.
Vamos wins BBC Culture in Quarantine commissionVamos Theatre, “the UK’s leading full mask theatre company”, has beaten off competition from more than 1,600 applicants to win a BBC Culture in Quarantine commission.
Jeyasingh's TooMortal to be screenedShobana Jeyasingh’s 2012 work TooMortal is being screened as part of the company’s SJD Shorts series.
Dancing at Dusk with Bausch's Rite of SpringThe next Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage offering is Dancing at Dusk—A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring.
Home comforts as Oddsocks tackles Shakespeare’s DreamFamily-run touring theatre company Oddsocks Productions is to present a second Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, from its home.
Sci-fi drama: chance for emerging Midlands writersUp to seven up-and-coming writers are to get the chance to work on a digital TV series, SeaView, an original science-fiction drama drawing on the experiences of working-class communities in the West Midlands.
North East artists create 24-hour loneliness projectArtists from across the North East join in creating a 24-hour project about loneliness before and during the pandemic.
Writing micro-commissions from AlphabettiNewcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre is offering 9 micro-commissions to under-represented writers.
New Perspectives releases Rudkin play cycleEast Midlands theatre company New Perspectives is to release PlacePrints, an audio cycle of short plays written by David Rudkin which have been recorded over the past four years.
Singer devotes his birthday to his home theatreSinger Joe McElderry is devoting his 29th birthday to raising funds for his home theatre.
Toby Jones and Owen Teale star in winning shortBitter Pill's second podcast play, A Case Of Mistaken Identity written by Gus Crotty, is now available and stars Toby Jones and Owen Teale.
Ballet and opera resumes live from Covent GardenThe Live from Covent Garden series marks the first live performances of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House since the building closed on 17 March.
Hamlet: RSC 2016 production to be shown on BBC FourThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production of Hamlet featuring Paapa Essiedu in the title role will be broadcast on BBC Four as part of the Culture in Quarantine series on Sunday 21 June at 9PM.
New season of online work from Stan’s CafeBirmingham-based Stan’s Cafe has revealed a new season of work which will be available online including a new play and an updated version of a work which was originally staged in 2013.
Towards Vivencia launches online Summer Intensive training for dancersThe first ever Towards Vivencia Summer Intensive will be a festival that funds dancers to participate, with a line-up of teachers and choreographers to share their expertise with dancers worldwide.
Chronic Insanity’s shows to go onlineNottingham-based theatre company Chronic Insanity is to release three productions online over a three-month period.
A Celebration of Aldeburgh FestivalsBritten on Camera, Struan Leslie’s Illuminations, Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, archive performances from Aldeburgh Festival and audience memories from its 72 festivals will be part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine.
NDCWales streams Ed Myhill’s ClappingNational Dance Company Wales has announced its next live-streamed premiere, Ed Myhill’s Clapping.
Buxton Fringe to offer phone performancesBuxton Fringe, which has reported some “inevitable” cancellations, has 60 entries, many of them online, and has come up with a novel idea for those who do not have access to the Internet.
West Midlands to host Midsummer FestivalA free, one-day online festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands is to feature performances never seen before.
Birmingham REP holds weekly Zoom chatsBirmingham REP has begun a series of free conversations, insights and masterclasses so that artists, creators, actors and audiences can ask questions and exchange ideas.
BBC streams Corey Baker Dance film Lying TogetherHong Kong dance film Lying Together is now available via BBC Arts and United Nations Environment Programme’s YouTube channel.
Fuel & The Place present Requardt and Rosenberg's DeadclubFuel and The Place will offer the rare chance to experience Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg's 2017 DeadClub.
Kaufmann, Ashton and Szymanowski among latest from ROH onlineThe latest online releases from Royal Opera House include a Jonas Kaufmann documentary Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, the first Live from Covent Garden concert and Szymanowski's King Roger.
Protein celebrates 21 years with digital programmeLuca Silvestrini's Protein Dance is launching a new digital programme as part of its Protein 21 celebrations.
New online kids’ play commissioned by Nottingham PlayhouseNottingham Playhouse has commissioned Noah and the Peacock, a new form of live, at-home theatre written and created especially for Zoom by Jeff James.
Vertigo's Noir adapted into free audio dramaManchester-based Vertigo Theatre Productions hopes to raise money for Acting for Others in the UK and The Actors Fund in the US by reviving its 2017 hit play Noir by Craig Hepworth adapted into a two-hour audio play.
Oldham Coliseum’s 'Mini-Podcast Series' continues to present new workFor each episode of its Mini-Podcast Series, Oldham Coliseum has invited writers to respond to a theme within a specified length, with pieces ranging from 100 words to a 20-minute short audio-play.
Les Dennis as Jigsy in Royal Court Liverpool online rerunLes Dennis has recorded a performance of Tony Staveacre's one-man show Jigsy which will be made available for free on the Liverpool Royal Court YouTube channel.
HOME announces new HomemakersFive new Homemakers, a series of online works presented by HOME Manchester alongside national partners, are now available.
Flo's fear of lockdown FOMO in online musical comedy shortWriter-composer Zara Nunn's FLOMO, which she has co-directed with Joyce Branagh, is "a cautionary tale about the perils of content overload in a digital but socially isolated age."
Artists give career insights in Derby Theatre programmeDerby Theatre has started an online programme of artist-led activities, Futures Unlocked, for 15- to 25-year-olds.
Celebrating Durham TheatreDurham’s Gala Theatre and Durham University join together in an online festival of local theatre talent.
Nottingham’s Madness of George III to be shown onlineNottingham Playhouse’s production of Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III is to be streamed online as part of the National Theatre At Home series.
BBC to broadcast RSC’s Romeo and JulietThe Royal Shakespeare Company production of Romeo and Juliet is to be broadcast on BBC Four as part of its Culture in Quarantine series.
Lyric Belfast and BBC team up to produce new theatre commissionsThe BBC is to screen six new theatre pieces by leading Northern Irish writers produced by the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Belgrade puts two shows online for freeCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre is to make two co-productions available to watch online for free.
BalletBoyz Deluxe on BBC4The BalletBoyz 20th anniversary double-bill show Deluxe is to be broadcast on BBC Four and then available on iPlayer.
Ballet Black's The Waiting Game on BBC4BBC4 will broadcast Ballet Black: The Waiting Game featuring interviews with the company’s artistic director Cassa Pancho and following South African dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November as he creates a new ballet, The Waiting Game.
Head Wrap and Fagin streamed from The PlaceThe Place Online will stream The Head Wrap Diaries and Fagin's Twist.
Curve to stay shut until OctoberLeicester’s Curve theatre is to remain closed for performances until Saturday 31 October 2020.
Thousands tune in to Oddsocks’ MacbethAn audience of more than 3,000 tuned in online to see touring theatre company Oddsocks’ performance of Macbeth, filmed live from the home of the company’s directors.
Locked Down, Looking UpLondon's The Space has received funding from Arts Council England for lockdown activities.
Home-made monologue earns praiseA 13-minute monologue, filmed at home in Lancashire, has picked up enthusiastic reviews.
Bush Theatre lockdown photo challengeWriters get behind weekly photo challenges, starting with Phoebe Eclair-Powell's fantasy images.
More free Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions onlineRoyal Opera House is making available online productions of The Cellist (The Royal Ballet, 2020), Il trittico (The Royal Opera, 2012), La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet, 2005) and The Magic Flute (The Royal Opera, 2017).
One Dance UK digital youth dance festival summer 2020One Dance UK is moving its U.Dance National Festival online this year for a weekend of streamed dance masterclasses, showcases, careers talks and information sessions for young people.
Buxton Fringe goes ahead outdoor and onlineBuxton Fringe 2020 is hoping to go ahead with live outdoor performances that do not contravene government guidelines and online events.
ENB's Nora and Swan Lake onlineEnglish National Ballet's next Wednesday Watch Parties will feature Stina Quagebeur’s Nora and Derek Deane’s Swan Lake.
Your chance to look behind the Green DoorAnn Brown’s harrowing but inspirational play Green Door is to be available online.
Belgrade to stream Under the UmbrellaCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre is to stream online its 2019 production of Amy Ng’s Under the Umbrella.
Young people reimagine the future in DerbyYoung people in Derby are being provided with a professional online platform to share their ideas of a reimagined future beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Renée Fleming and Tamara Rojo in conversationSoprano Renée Fleming and Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer of English National Ballet, will discuss online how the arts can contribute to 'holistic routes to wellbeing.
Birmingham’s Lightpost appoints new leadersTwo former members of a Birmingham theatre company which aims to address the effects of racism and discrimination have been employed in leadership roles.
Branson and Chalayan next up on Sadler's Wells Digital StageTOM by Wilkie Branson and designer Hussein Chalayan's Gravity Fatigue are the next two performances on the Sadler's Wells free online dance programme, Digital Stage.
Courtyard to score with FA Cup giant-killing playThe Courtyard Hereford is to première a live recording of its 2018 production of Nick Lane’s The Goal, which will be available online.
Trio unite to sing number from Nottingham show PiafThree actors who should have been performing in Piaf at Nottingham Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse have come together for an exclusive performance of one of the songs from the production, "Hymne a L' Amour".
Graeae Crips Without ConstraintsCrips Without Constraints is a programme that theatre company Graeae is rolling out on line during lockdown.
Theatr Clwyd dance for Parkinson's workshopsTheatr Clwyd is running free online dance workshops for people affected by Parkinson’s alongside national charity Parkinson’s UK Cymru.
Masterclasses in O’Riordan's Doll's HouseThe Lyric Hammersmith's A Doll’s House has an online screening with masterclasses for emerging directors and writers.
Border Crossings' international work onlineWork from Mauritius, Italy and Peru comes on line courtesy of Border Crossings.
Yard Online—and on the phoneOne-to-one phone calls, an interactive work-out and a Town Hall discussion on the future of theatre form part of Yard Theatre's day-long offering of commissioned events.
Amici Dance Theatre Company celebrates 40th anniversary onlineAmici Dance Theatre Company is to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a YouTube livestream series.
More Ballet Black onlineBallet Black is to release a further three performances online as part of its #BBonFilm initiative.
Protein at 21 streams Border TalesProtein’s 21st anniversary celebrations continue with Border Tales streaming as part of The Place this week.
Working with young people during lockdownHow Northumberland-based Mortal Fools has continued its work with young people and in professional development in spite of the lockdown.
Open Clasp’s Rattle Snake streaming onlineOpen Clasp’s Rattle Snake, a play about coercive control, is to stream with BSL signing.
Chichester Midnight Gang and Beauty and the Beast onlineDavid Walliams's The Midnight Gang and the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast will be the next productions to be streamed online from Chichester Festival Theatre.
ENB invites Nureyev's Romeo to Wednesday PartyEnglish National Ballet's next Wednesday Watch Party instalments will include Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet and Azure Barton’s Fantastic Beings.
Deaf hip hop drama premières on British TVHere/Not Here, a new British, deaf hip hop drama utilising British Sign Language, Krump street dance, football and Visual Vernacular, will have its TV première on Film4 and Together TV.
Stuff from NE writer launches Bitter Pill projectStuff, a new play from NE writer Alison Carr, launches a new online series of plays from Bitter Pill Theatre.
Protein features community dance work onlineLuca Silvestrini’s Protein presents online dance pieces by community groups inspired by the company's past works in Protein 21: Reimagine.
Sadler's Wells celebrates International Dance Day 2020In celebration of International Dance Day, Sadler’s Wells has curated a playlist for digital partner Nowness of works created and choreographed for the screen.
James Cousins Company releases short films onlineJames Cousins Company is to release a series of short films specially re-choreographed for camera on its Facebook page.
Peake and Frankcom put their Talking Heads togetherMaxine Peake and director Sarah Frankcom rekindle their Manchester Royal Exchange relationship for the small screen.
Birmingham European festival goes onlineA theatre festival that has been forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic is to create a digital “stay at home” event.
Tackling Shakespeare’s language: RSC artists give tipsArtists from the Royal Shakespeare Company who are unable to rehearse or perform will help to unlock Shakespeare for thousands of children and young people studying at home.
Comedy duo Hunt & Darton deliver Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio LocalNorwich’s Future Radio will host Hunt & Darton Radio Local programme each day of the cancelled Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Southwark Playhouse—Southwark StayhouseThree full-length productions and a set of Philip Ridley monologues start London's Southwark Playhouse online platform.
Theatre Means Business—the industry prepares for its comebackIndustry bodies SOLT and UK Theatre have launched a web site of information and training webinars to support those working on their post-lockdown strategy.
Two ballet schools share message of solidarity and hopeElmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and English National Ballet School in London have united to share a message of hope and support in footage filmed by students dancing at home edited by BalletBoyz.
Derby Theatre stays connected onlineDerby Theatre is remaining connected with audiences through digital content on its web site and shared through its social media channels.
Alternative LDIF20 celebrates anniversary onlineAnnual Leicester dance festival Let’s Dance International Frontiers will celebrate its tenth anniversary online after the cancellation of its physical festival due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Ballet Black On Film initiativeBallet Black will present a series of ballets from its repertoire online and online classes taught by Ballet Black dancers.
Lyric Belfast places life in lockdown under the microscopeGeorge Orwell’s 1984 inspires five new online performances exploring the now and the next of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 1,000 people share their ShakespeareMore than 1,000 people from around the world have submitted entries to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s #ShareYourShakespeare campaign.
Sadler's Wells puts Osipova, Breakin' Convention and more onlineSadler’s Wells' next Facebook Premieres will include Natalia Osipova, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Alexander Whitley and Breakin’ Convention.
More NDC Wales performances onlineNational Dance Company Wales has scheduled online performances for another four weeks, and dancers Clap for Carers this week.
Michael Clark's simple rock 'n' roll on iPlayerMichael Clark Company's to a simple, rock 'n' roll... song is available on BBC iPlayer for 2 months.
Yellow Earth to start online course for Midlands writersYellow Earth Academy, which has held an acting course in Birmingham for the past two years, is to offer a free introductory online course in writing for live performance.
Graeae goes digital with Crips Without Constraints: A Play, A Podcast, A PictureGraeae, the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, present an eleven-week digital programme.
Stars line up to read at h Club's World Book Night celebrationAlison Steadman, Ronni Ancona and Nigel Planer are amongst the stars appearing at h Club's virtual celebration on 23 April.
Judi Dench conversation supports Orange Tree TheatreA recording of Dame Judi Dench, in conversation with Gyles Brandreth raises funds for London's Orange Tree Theatre.
Les Misérables staged concert digitally released for charityThe concert performance of Les Misérables starring Michael Ball and Alfie Boe has been released to raise money for theatre and NHS charities.
Rifco's Mushy: Lyrically Speaking online‘Life-affirming” show Mushy: Lyrically Speaking from Rifco Theatre Company is now available for streaming.
Belgrade makes shows available onlineCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre has unveiled a range of shows that audiences can watch online during the lockdown.
Join ENB from home for Wednesday Watch PartiesEnglish National Ballet is inviting audiences to join them for Wednesday Watch Parties, featuring full-length recordings of their performances on Facebook and YouTube, over the next month.
Flamenco in support of NHS staff & volunteersThe Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company will stream a fundraising flamenco concert in aid of NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
See What the Butler Saw at CurveLeicester’s Curve is to continue releasing productions online while the theatre remains closed.
New Nottingham Playhouse podcast seriesNottingham Playhouse has released the first three episodes of a new podcast series that will explore the careers and lockdown experiences of nationally and internationally renowned artists.
BBC Arts to stream new Corey Baker Dance filmBirmingham-based company Corey Baker Dance has created a new short film titled Spaghetti Junction, which will receive its first screening through BBC’s Culture in Quarantine for Earth Day.
Hope Mill stages online Rodgers + Hammerstein concertHope Mill Theatre in Manchester is staging an online concert, Some Enchanted Evening, featuring West End stars celebrating the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein for one night only.
Oldham Coliseum goes onlineOldham Coliseum has released 100 Word Plays (about Oldham) as audio online and is preparing to launch a monologue challenge for school and college students.
NDCWales launches new online programmeNational Dance Company Wales has launched a new online programme, KiN: Connected, to create a community for dance online with audiences, participants and the sector.
Shobana Jeyasingh / Nyman collaboration revisitedShobana Jeyasingh’s collaboration with composer Michael Nyman, Configurations, will be broadcast live via Facebook Premiere for free.
Maliphant and Vangelis Thread on Digital StageSadler’s Wells has added Russell Maliphant and Vangelis’s The Thread to Digital Stage, its free online performance programme, plus new dance workshops.
Sander Blommaert gives ballet classes onlineBelgian-born Sander Blommaert, former dancer with The Royal Ballet and a qualified ballet teacher with Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham, is giving ballet classes online.
RSC invites people to share their ShakespeareAudiences from across the globe are being invited to share their love of Shakespeare in whatever way they choose as part of an initiative to keep the work of Shakespeare alive.
Royal Ballet's Marcelino Sambé short filmA collaboration between The Royal Ballet and Cloakroom Magazine, Hello Marcelino is a short film starring Royal Ballet principal Marcelino Sambé.
Primary schoolers help create showYoungsters can contribute to the creation of the next adventure by Raddlesham Mumps creator.
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Nutcracker onlineLes Ballets de Monte Carlo will offer Jean-Christophe Maillot's version of Nutcracker—Casse Noisette Compagnie—online from 15-18 April.
Barb Jungr's Troubled Days shared with The Fourth ChoirInternational singing artist Barb Jungr has released new song "In My Troubled Days" performed with The Fourth Choir and published the arrangements for choirs to perform it.
Opera North’s orchestra play together onlineForty play in perfect harmony for digital performance of the opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra.
iPlayer première for BAC's new filmBattersea Arts Centre's new film, Performance Live: The Way Out, is now available to view on iPlayer as part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine season.
Middle Child puts All We Ever Wanted onlineMiddle Child has put a recording of its 2017 show All We Ever Wanted Was Everything online.
Irish Repertory Theatre invites you to Meet The MakersNew York's Irish Repertory Theatre expands COVID-19 online content to include conversations by scholars and artists.
Online Fringe Festival launchedA web site offers performances from Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Vault Festival and more.
ENB Philharmonic thanks the NHSMusicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic have joined together for a virtual rendition of an extract from Alexander Glazunov’s Raymonda to say thank you to the NHS.
CFT puts Mrs Harris's trip to Paris onlineChichester Festival Theatre is to stream a selection of its archive productions online, beginning with the musical Flowers For Mrs. Harris.
Ballet de Monte Carlo's Beauty onlineMonte Carlo Ballet offers works online, opening with Jean-Christophe Maillot's Beauty (La Belle).
Sadler’s Wells adds Rain to Digital StageNew additions to Sadler’s Wells' Digital Stage programme include Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas with Rain and new dance workshops to try at home.
Courtyard to stream live recording of CinderellaHerefordshire arts centre The Courtyard is to release a live recording of its 2019 Christmas panto Cinderella.
Cirque Du Soleil online showCirque Du Soleil offers fans glimpses behind the scenes in an hour-long show via its new online content hub.
Perform your own pantoMiddle Child has made available resources so that every family can perform their own take on The Little Mermaid.
This week's line-up for #KHTOnlineEach week, London's King's Head Theatre is streaming insights into the theatre industry, looking at everything from producing to storytelling.
Eclectic lineup for Housetrap Theatre & Arts Festival 2020Artists from across the UK and from Taiwan assemble in their living rooms to deliver music, comedy, drama and mind cleansing.
Elders get The Best Seat In The HouseThe Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces charity, is behind an initiative to bring free twice-weekly entertainment initiative for older generations at home and in care.
Curve makes Earnest play available onlineLeicester’s Curve is to share a tech recording of its 2016 production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest online for free.
Oddsocks releases Hamlet the Comedy onlineDerby-based Oddsocks is releasing the second in its series of past productions, Hamlet the Comedy, which features the late Paul Daniels as a hologram of Hamlet's father.
Digital GIFT programme announcedThis year’s Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT), which will be held online, has announced its programme.
Interactive circus classes for everyoneTime on your hands? Learn circus skills from the experts with Lost in Translation Circus classes for beginners upwards.
Music track from Akram Khan's Creature releasedOn what would have been the première of Creature by Akram Khan, composer Vincenzo Lamagna, Akram Khan Company and English National Ballet have shared a track from the score along with an art-film by Maxime Dos.
BRB online ballet classes and performanceIn partnership with BBC's Culture in Quarantine, Birmingham Royal Ballet will present an online Ballet Class Live and a 'living room' performance of The Swan set to music by Saint-Saëns.
balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin gets online releaseSadler’s Wells has added to its Digital Stage programme a matinée screening of balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin and the first dance at home workshops for families and older audiences.
Hampstead to stream Bartlett, Steel and Brenton playsHampstead Theatre is to stream its productions of Mike Bartlett’sWild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free, each for a week on demand, in partnership with The Guardian.
Too Pretty To Punch on International Transgender Day of VisibilityTrans artist Edalia Day makes their work available digitally with Too Pretty To Punch online on 31 March, aptly International Transgender Day of Visibility.
Composers to write A Song for Our TimeJason Robert Brown will select a newly written song for our time to be recorded for theatre charity, Acting for Others.
More Royal Opera House free productions onlineIn addition to previously announced free broadcasts, the Royal Opera House has announced the next in the series of productions to be available to watch online.
Theatr Clwyd Together | Theatr Clwyd YnghydTheatr Clwyd reaches out with an initiative to encourage creativity in the local and wider community.
Leave A Light On: week 2 line-upLambert Jackson and The Theatre Café are presenting a series of concerts to be live-streamed to both entertain those in self-isolation and provide some financial support to the artists involved.
Oddsocks goes online with past performancesDerby company Oddsocks is waiting for news about performances in the summer before it decides whether its tour of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors can go ahead.
Curve to share Asian Football Casual recordingLeicester’s Curve theatre is to share online for free an archive recording of its production of Riaz Khan’s Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual.
RSC and Marquee team up to stream weekly productionsThe Royal Shakespeare Company and performing arts streaming service Marquee TV have teamed up to offer new productions each Saturday.
The (Shakespeare) Show goes online weeklyFollowing its opening live reading of Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Show Must Go On will live-stream weekly Shakespeare readings until November.
Barn Theatre streams Henry VThe Barn Theatre in Cirencester is to hold a press night for its live-streamed production of Henry V, directed by Hal Chambers and starring Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels.
BalletBoyz Deluxe on BBC Four and onlineBalletBoyz’ new dance show Deluxe will air on BBC Four for the BBC Culture in Quarantine festival and then be available online to launch Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres.
NSDF goes virtual for 2020The National Student Drama Festival will move online for 2020 with the support of artists and speakers including Emma Rice, Mark Ravenhill, Laura Wade and April De Angelis.
NT Live to stream for free via YouTubeNational Theatre At Home will stream NT Live productions for free, starting with One Man, Two Guvnors, and give students and teachers access to the National Theatre Collection at home.
Sadler’s Wells takes to the Digital StageSadler’s Wells has released new dance content and workshops on Digital Stage, its free online performance platform, following the cancellation of shows due to COVID-19.
News from CardiffCardiff's Sherman Theatre announces an evolving project aimed at artists affected by the coronavirus lockdown; and a Robinson Crusoe-inspired play is made available to view online.
Habit of Art and The Croft to share online runOriginal Theatre Company's productions of Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art and Ali Milles's The Croft, both cut short due to the closure of the theatres, will have a limited run online until June.
Headlong and Century bring leading playwrights to isolated audiencesHeadlong with Century Films will live-stream new works from playwrights including April De Angelis, James Graham, Chloë Moss and Duncan Macmillan in Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre From a State of Isolation.
A digital festival of dance from LeicesterLet’s Dance International Frontiers, the annual dance festival in Leicester, is going ahead online with a digital festival of dance.
Papatango monologues to be shared for free as video and PDFPapatango Theatre Company's Isolated But Open Commissions—Voices From Across The Shutdown will include two new monologues from Rachel De-Lahay and Anders Lustgarten alongside ten others chosen anonymously from an open call-out to be filmed and shared and published by Nick Hern Books as PDFs for free download.
See HOME at home with new online commissionsManchester's HOME has announced Homemakers, a series of new commissions from artists including Bryony Kimmings, Theatre Ad Infinitum, Javaad Alipoor and Plaster Cast Theatre to be received by audiences in their homes.
Welcome to the Coronavirus Theatre ClubThree North East actors are taking work online to keep actors, writers and directors busy during the coronavirus outbreak
Free online ballet and opera from Royal Opera HouseThe Royal Opera House has announced a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights on Facebook and YouTube.
Housetrap brings immersive theatre into the homeImmersive LDN, a West End venue that creates "theatre-led immersive experiences", will deliver theatre from and to living rooms with Housetrap Theatre and Arts Festival.
Hampstead to stream I and You free for a weekHampstead Theatre is to stream its production of I and You by Lauren Gunderson, starring Maisie Williams and Zach Wyatt, on Instagram for free from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 March 2020.
Opening week of streaming concerts announcedLeave A Light On, the series of online streamed concerts from West End Performers from Lambert Jackson Productions and Theatre Café, has announced its first week's schedule.
Stage stars take to the web on Shakespeare DayTheatre Together, a new collective of more than 50 artists and professionals, will produce All the Web’s a Stage, an online event to raise money for those in the arts facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Theatre and comedy you can watch for free onlineSince the theatres were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, lots of performers have released their work online, much of it free although some are asking for donations.
The Gateshead International Festival of Theatre goes onlineGateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT) will still be going ahead between 1–3 May—online, as a digital festival.
King's Head Theatre keeps going onlineThe show may be temporarily over, but the King's Head lays claim to be London's first pub theatre that keeps in touch with its audience with a live transmission every weekday.
The Bard goes online, live-streamedThe Show Must Go Online is an online group that will read the complete plays of William Shakespeare in the order they were written, live-streamed on YouTube.
Cancelled Habit of Art to be available to downloadThe Original Theatre Company’s production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art, which was due to open in Eastbourne on 18 March with Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, will now perform a closed filmed performance which will be available for download.
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Artangel and Sadler’s Wells and Academy Films for BBC Films and BBC Arts.
BBC2 and iPlayer
English National Ballet School’s Virtual Summer Performance
English National Ballet School / Post production BalletBoyz and Manilla Produ...
World Ballet School Day & A Screen Apart
The Australian Ballet School / Boston Ballet School / Canada’s National Balle...
Pascal Theatre Company with Neil McPherson for Finborough Theatre
Dancing at Dusk — A moment with Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring
Sadler’s Wells, Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables
The Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario
Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama
Lyric Theatre, Belfast, BBC Arts, BBC Northern Ireland
Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom
Unicorn Theatre and Illuminations
Unicorn Theatre on YouTube and The Guardian web site
The Royal Court / Reduced Listening / Lockdown Theatre Festival
BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds
The Madness of George III
Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and National Theatre Live
JMK Trust and Young Vic in association with Desara Bosnja
Royal Exchange Theatre YouTube
Adventures With The Painted People
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, BBC Arts, Naked Productions in association with T...
BBC Radio 3
Anansi the Spider Re-spun 2: Anansi and the Two Dinners
Unicorn Theatre and Illuminations
Unicorn Theatre on YouTube and The Guardian
Andrew Maunder in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre
Anansi the Spider Re-spun: Brother Anansi and Brother Snake
Unicorn Theatre on YouTube and The Guardian
Barber Shop Chronicles
National Theatre, Fuel and Leeds Playhouse
Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre
It Is Easy To Be Dead
Bréon George Rydell in association with Amanda Castro for the Finborough Theatre
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario and Ex Machina
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario