Online theatre news
Students and a major theatre unite for actors’ charityNewcastle University students and Sunderland Empire raise money for Acting for Others.
Pause: “Ever wanted to be someone else?”A new play about film, comfort and escapism, Pause, from playwright Laura Lindow, director Mark Calvert, actor Paula Penman and musician Jeremy Bradfield, is coming to Alphabetti next month.
Calling producers of the futureApplications are now open for the third Zoom-based Diploma in Creative Producing.
Hello and Goodbye goes worldwideA theatre company’s latest live-streamed production will see it broadcast to potentially thousands of people worldwide—including the play’s writer 8,500 miles away.
Heroes in homes and schools for Armed Forces DayBlackeyed Theatre is making its acclaimed production of Not About Heroes available online to mark Armed Forces Day.
Beauty Mixed Programme at ROHIn honour of the Royal Ballet founder Dame Ninette de Valois, the Beauty Mixed Programme features work across the generations from the third act of The Sleeping Beauty to a world première.
First Macho, now SuitcasesHit the Ground Running Dance Theatre follows Macho with a new production, Suitcases.
Buxton Opera House starts monthly podcastDerbyshire venue Buxton Opera House has started a monthly podcast taking a peek behind the scenes with interviews, masterclasses and more.
In Northumberland something strange is happening in the museumMorpeth-based The November Club is to stream a site-specific play from Northumberland’s Woodhorn Museum.
Audio drama inspired by Kilburn, DerbyshireAn audio drama written and performed by a Derbyshire creative team and inspired by experiences of young people has been released as a free download.
Global online gathering of Shakespeare fansA free series of online events about England’s most famous playwright William Shakespeare is to be hosted by the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.
RSC casts Henry VI open rehearsal projectCasting has been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry VI Part One: Open Rehearsal Project in which audiences will be invited inside the full rehearsal process.
Royal Ballet presents Lynne Page and Nadine Shah filmChoreographer Lynne Page's Lyssa will feature 17 Royal Ballet female dancers, celebrated British recording artist Nadine Shah and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Scottish Opera puts The Elixir of Love on screenScottish Opera's film of Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) is the latest Scottish Opera: On Screen, filmed at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.
Artists invited to apply for First Bite festivalMidlands artists are being invited to apply for First Bite, a festival of new work programmed by independent theatre studio China Plate.
Panel to discuss West Midlands’ dance diversityBirmingham Royal Ballet and Kauma Arts are to hold a free panel discussion and question-and-answer session as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival's industry professionals programme.
Sucking Eggs!Sucking Eggs by Steve Byron will be the first live play at Alphabetti for more than a year.
ENB dances for dementiaFor Dementia Action Week, English National Ballet has announced plans to support people whose lives are affected by dementia.
Control dancers remotely in online installationNew Movement Collective's interactive dance installation Project XO has been reimagined as a remote digital experience.
New circus opera by Philip GlassCircus Days and Nights features a libretto from David Henry Hwang and direction from Cirkus Cirkör co-founder and artistic director Tilde Björfors.
Opera North online viewingAs lockdown continues to impact live performance, Opera North has announced a range productions to entertain viewers at home.
Friday première: Royal Ballet’s Spring Draft WorksROH online showcases The Royal Ballet’s Spring Draft Works from promising choreographers from within the company filmed on the main stage of the Royal Opera House.
Opera North returns to Huddersfield and DewsburyOpera North is to bring back live music to Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls after a year of silence, with a full programme of orchestral, chamber and organ concerts.
New comedy whodunnit: Crimes on Centre CourtMurder comes to Wombledon in the latest comedy whodunnit by New Old Friends, a series of ten 15-minute episodes to be released on all major podcast platforms.
Going The Distance going onlineGoing The Distance, the world première of a digital production of a new comedy, is available on demand.
Aerial theatre show presents young women as “empowered”A new aerial theatre show, Aidy the Awesome, is to take to the Internet in a digital tour commissioned by Leicester’s Curve and funded by Arts Council England.
Coventry youngsters produce play about climate changeTwenty youth groups will stage Belgrade Theatre young company’s play about climate change, Like There’s No Tomorrow, commissioned by the National Theatre for NT Connections.
Julie and Frances join Nottingham Playhouse projectJulie Hesmondhalgh and Frances de le Tour are among the actors taking part in a new Nottingham Playhouse digital theatre project.
Alphabetti opens its doors againNewcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre prepares to welcome audiences back inside in May, although not for live theatre.
From play to game to help kids’ mental healthPrudhoe-based creative learning company Mortal Fools has turned its children's production Melva into an interactive game.
To The Digital LighthouseTheatre by The Lake will stage the world première of a major new adaptation of To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
Future of Theatre now for saleTickets are now on sale for the Future of Theatre Conference delivered by industry publication The Stage.
Barre Project on Sadler's Wells Digital StageWilliam Forsythe and CLI Studios’ The Barre Project is to be available online in May for ten days.
Climate Catastrophe collaborationA new film, Climate Change Catastrophe!, is from a collaboration between primary schoolchildren, Newcastle University scientists, NE singer-songwriter Katie Doherty and Cap-a-Pie theatre company.
Hushabye Mountain onlineManchester’s Hope Mill Theatre will work with Stream Theatre on a new online production of Hushabye Mountain by Jonathan Harvey.
Elysium's online 'afterlife' prizedManchester theatre company Elysium has won an Olwen Wymark award after taking work online in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Challenging men’s mental health stigmaMacho, a new dance film from North East based Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre Company, confronts the stigma still attached to male mental health problems.
Sexy Lamp has switch-on in digital premièreKatie Arnstein’s Sexy Lamp which “shines a light on sexism in the acting industry” is to have its digital première at Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre and will also be available on demand.
Curve’s Sunset Boulevard to benefit bursary in Nairn’s nameLeicester’s Curve theatre is making its streamed production of Sunset Boulevard – at Home available to view online again and all money raised will benefit the Andy Nairn Bursaries in Technical Theatre.
ROH free Sleeping Beauty insightThe Royal Opera House will present a free stream of a special Insight from 2016 celebrating The Sleeping Beauty.
Date for BBC broadcast of RSC’s The Winter’s TaleA filmed adaptation of The Winter's Tale is to be broadcast on BBC Four, marking the first time in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s history that a production has had a televised world première.
Cast revealed for musical theatre online festivalA “spectacular company of international stars” has been confirmed for Paul Taylor-Mills’ annual festival of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2021.
More COVID-19 Monologues from ElysiumDurham-based Elysium Theatre Company launches five new COVID-19 Monologues online.
More videos released from free Northampton musicalRoyal and Derngate is to release the next four videos from a new musical, On Hostile Ground, inspired by the stories of people “affected by the government’s hostile environment policy”.
Whodunnit at the Coliseum?Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Front Room Productions present Whodunnit at the Coliseum?
My First Ballet: Swan Lake on ENB at HomeAn hour-long, specially adapted version of Swan Lake is now available English National Ballet’s digital platform.
Arts agency gets £84,000 from cultural recovery fundLeicester-based arts development agency ArtReach has been given £84,000 in the second round of grants from the government’s culture recovery fund.
Second helpings for OctagonThe Octagon Theatre in Bolton has been awarded funding from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
South Pacific to reopen ChichesterChichester Festival Theatre will reopen its doors with its summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, originally scheduled as the centrepiece of Festival 2020.
Bennett pens piece for Nottingham seasonA specially written vignette by Alan Bennett and new writing from across the East Midlands are among events that Nottingham Playhouse is making available online in Spring Loaded.
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