Online theatre news
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.
RSC serves up its first in-house podcastThe Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled its first in-house podcast, Interval Drinks, bringing together members of the RSC's 2020–21 acting company with “inspirational personalities from the company's history”.
Live theatre to be “more accessible” says theatre bossLive theatre will be more accessible than ever when venues reopen, according to the director of audiences and programming at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall.
ROH to stream Royal Ballet ConcertoThe Royal Opera House's next live-streamed Friday Premiere will be The Royal Ballet’s Concerto (2019).
Four team up for film of new “music video” musicalMetta Theatre, a production company devoted to British musical theatre, has joined with three regional venues to release Cells, a film of a new musical written and recorded during lockdown.
Musical theatre festival to start in BirminghamBirmingham Hippodrome, The Turbine Theatre and Paul Taylor-Mills have formed a partnership which will present an annual festival of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2021.
English National Ballet launches new appsEnglish National Ballet has launched new apps to deliver digital content from its online platform, ENB at Home.
Armitage and Bryars on words and music in podcastThe latest podcast episode from Opera North and the University of Leeds brings together Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and composer Gavin Bryars.
Royal Ballet's Dream streamingThe Royal Opera House continues its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme with The Dream.
Jack and the streamed StalkSt Helens Theatre Royal’s Easter pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk will be streamed online.
New Vic kicks off project to tackle racismA project to tackle racism and unite communities through football and the arts has kicked off in Staffordshire, with the New Vic and three other organisations aiming for a home win.
Miss Julie in Hong KongStoryhouse in Chester is to stage a live-streamed run of Strindberg’s Miss Julie.
Mansfield Palace to stage first online performanceMansfield Palace Theatre has announced its first streamed performance, Dalloway, a one-woman drama produced by Dyad Productions.
Dance x 12Newcastle’s Dance City commemorates the twelve months since the UK first went into lockdown with Twelve.
Digital Theatre Initiative welcomes applicationsDigital big-hitter YouTube steps up to support the theatre industry.
Royal Opera House to open in MayThe Royal Opera House will open to audiences on 17 May 2021 with performances from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, new work online and an opera in 'hyper-reality'.
ENB School connects virtually with NHS patients and staffEnglish National Ballet School has partnered with CW+ charity of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to share ballet performances with patients.
One-man Manford for LowryComedian and actor Jason Manford will perform an un-rehearsed, one-man show at The Lowry this Saturday.
CAN Festival immersive promenade performance onlineIn a virtual recreation of the gallery of Two Temple Place, Every dollar is a soldier/With money you’re a dragon is an immersive production directed by An-Ting Chang and designed by Christine Urquhart.
Being Earnest in Huddersfield and LancasterLawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and The Dukes, Lancaster will co-produce a digital adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.
STR lecture: Putting Britain on PointThe Society for Theatre Research will present an online lecture, Putting Britain on Point: 150 Years of Teaching Dance, from V&A Curator for Dance Jane Pritchard.
Samsung spotlights competition winners in new online advertsSamsung Spotlight winners, picked by Normal People’s Paul Mescal, are Michael Lynch, Adrian Mujkanovic and Adeola Yemitan, whose entries were re-shot in 8K for Samsung’s new digital ads.
Belgrade marks International Women’s DayCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre has marked International Women’s Day 2021 by giving a platform to “some of the city’s most inspiring women” who have helped support communities over the past 12 months.
Women's Day celebration for ExchangeAfter briefly toying with the title Oh Womxn, Manchester Royal Exchange has settled on Oh Woman for a celebration by six innovative artists.
New film for PMLD audiencesFrozen Light has created a new film for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Rambert commissions new work for streamingRambert's live-stream programme for 2021 includes work by Jo Strømgren, Marion Motin, Imre Van Opstal and Marne Van Opstal and Benoit Swan Pouffer.
Curve extends online run of The Color PurpleLeicester's Curve theatre has extended the streamed run of The Color Purple—at Home because of audience demand and it will now be available until Tuesday 16 March.
“Flagship” venue to open in BirminghamArts and social justice organisation MAIA is to open a “flagship” venue in Birmingham for artists from black and under-represented communities.
One Dance and Guest continue mental wellbeing collaborationOne Dance UK and filmmaker Rick Guest continue their collaboration promoting mental wellbeing for dancers with new short film A Dream of Dark & Troubling Things, which looks at rage.
Belfast Ensemble streams live children's horror operaConor Mitchell’s darkly comic children’s opera The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children from the Belfast Ensemble asks, "who was the Pied Piper?" and "why did the rats all dance to his tune?"
Nick Cave to join cast of RSC DreamMusician, writer, film composer and actor Nick Cave is to join the cast of Dream, a live online Royal Shakespeare Company production based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Greenwich Dance third series of Talking Moves podcastGreenwich Dance is to release a third series of Talking Moves, a podcast about dance.
Hippodrome and Rambert to stream RoomsBirmingham Hippodrome and dance company Rambert are to stream a new production, Rooms by Norwegian choreographer and theatre and film director Jo Strømgren.
ENB releases McMillan Manon onlineEnglish National Ballet has released Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon on its Ballet on Demand streaming service.
Northampton theatre’s online movement festivalNorthampton Royal and Derngate’s Generate talent development programme is to stage Gen-Fest Movement, an all-day online festival dedicated to supporting the work and development of professional and emerging artists.
Online play analyses Mercutio’s friendship with RomeoNew East Midlands company Anegada Theatre has produced a retelling of one of Shakespeare's tragedies, Mercutio’s Romeo and Juliet, which is available online for free.
Oldham springs into actionOldham Coliseum Theatre is hosting a spring season of online events and experiences.
Hope Mill Theatre expands horizonsManchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is launching a community hub and small studio theatre.
Funny Women Around the WorldInternational funny women mark International Women's Day with a 12-hour stream.
NDCWales releases Plethu/Weave #2Three films will be released in March in the National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales collaboration, Plethu/Weave #2, including the second 'Wales in Germany' commission.
Derby Theatre celebrates young people’s workDerby Theatre is to showcase work created by young people in areas of low cultural engagement through Reimagine, an online project supported by £1.1 million from Arts Council England.
NI dance company launches Open Space projectPerforming and creative arts centre Dance Associate in Newry, Northern Ireland has secured funding to launch a new project for young people.
Courtyard delivers workshops for kids in World Book WeekDrama workshops based around well-known children’s books will be on offer at The Courtyard Hereford as part of celebrations for World Book Week.
Belgrade to première children’s show onlineCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre is to livestream Asif Khan’s new play for children Jabala and the Jinn.
Off West End Awards 2021The Offies winners were announced this evening in an event streamed on Scenesaver to celebrate the work of fringe, alternative and independent theatres and artists.
Reading allowed in ManchesterHope Mill Theatre’s Play Reading Club celebrates its third birthday and continues to thrive online.
A starry Picture of Dorian GrayThe Octagon in Bolton is one of a number of partner venues to present a brand new digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray with a starry cast next month.
Can you lick Lollipop mystery?Unsolved Online Productions has launched a new initiative The Lollipop Man.
Lowry looking for lockdown workThe Lowry in Salford has announced a UK-wide commission for new work designed for the lockdown.
Drop into Lakeland's online eventsTheatre by The Lake has come up with a programme of online events; new ideas, new partnerships and investment in new work.
Short film Empty Stage helps BRB to keep dance aliveBirmingham Royal Ballet is to release of a short film, Carlos Acosta's first major digital commission for the company, Empty Stage.
Dancers’ tour postponed, so they go onlineAljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara are to stream their “new dance spectacular” Remembering the Oscars for a three-week period, details at Northampton Royal and Derngate’s web site.
Courtyard to show mother-and-baby story onlineThe Courtyard Hereford is to première online Hush Now which aims to give voice to the unmarried pregnant women who "were silenced, stigmatised, and hidden away in mother-and-baby homes”.
Birmingham REP and ballet company share £15,000 in donationsMore than £15,000 has been given to Birmingham REP and Birmingham Royal Ballet in a Save a Seat campaign, with donations from audiences being match-funded by law firm DLA Piper.
Stars get together for show on World Theatre DaySome of the biggest names in theatre, dance and music are to get together for Rise Up With the Arts, a live stream event which will air on World Theatre Day.
CAN Festival 2021 February and March eventsChinese Arts Now’s annual festival of work by British East and South East Asian artists will feature ten weeks of new exhibitions, screenings, sound installations, performance and comedy.
Welsh mega-fest as four events join forcesFour Welsh arts events have teamed up to present free, online festival, Gŵyl 2021.
Surround yourself with PetrichorStep into a new world, with Petrichor, a 360-degree experience offered through Oldham Coliseum.
Chronic Insanity airs hairy hands horror storyNottingham-based theatre company Chronic Insanity is to release Hairy Hands FM, an online interactive experience which will bring the “legendary Hairy Hands of Dartmoor to the smartphone in your hands”.
Opera North new online activitiesOpera North has launched Opera North’s Little School of Music, Orchestral Academy Online, ONe-to-ONe virtual solo performances and Virtual Choirs: From Couch to Chorus.
Star performer interviews and Sondheim rerun from ChichesterChichester Festival Theatre's Facing the Music features streamed interviews with Sheila Hancock, Philip Quast, Patricia Routledge, Imelda Staunton and Giles Terera.
NT's Angels in America available to view At HomeThe National Theatre has added Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Parts One and Two plus Antigone and Behind the Beautiful Forevers to its Theatre at Home platform.
RSC paves way with live online performanceThe Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage Dream inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream which lets audiences influence the live performance.
Graduate talent needed for charity concertsConcert series Graduates at Cadogan Hall is looking for recent graduates to perform at charity concerts.
Northampton theatre airs new musical as free videosNorthampton’s Royal and Derngate is to release a new musical, On Hostile Ground, inspired by the stories of people “affected by the government’s hostile environment policy”.
Push Festival proves game for anythingThis year’s Push Festival at HOME in Manchester features six brand-new commissions and—for the first time—an experimental video game.
Derby Theatre to commemorate Rams’ 1946 FA Cup successDerby Theatre is to produce a community play to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Derby County’s winning the FA Cup.
New Old Friends produces audio comedy murder mysteryTouring theatre company New Old Friends has created an audio comedy murder mystery, a six-episode podcast called Crimes of a Country Garden.
The Place Festival of online worksThe Place has partnered with Chisenhale Dance Space to curate a festival under the theme "How Do We Tune In To Sensation?"
Courtyard starts masterclasses for young peopleThe Courtyard Hereford is to offer a series of masterclasses which are designed to help young people forge a career in the arts.
ENB Swan Lake onlineEnglish National Ballet is bringing Derek Deane’s Swan Lake to online audiences via its recently launched streaming service, Ballet on Demand.
RSC’s Romeo and Juliet to be screened on BBC TwoThe Royal Shakespeare Company's 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet will be on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer as part of the BBC's Lockdown Learning Shakespeare Week.
1623 to air YouTube series on trauma and recoveryDerby-based 1623 and D and O Productions have produced What We Feel, a mini-series for YouTube exploring “life, love and grief when you’re queer, disabled, deaf, female, middle-aged and working-class”.
Online event will be a Valentine’s HeartbreakOff the back of a live-streamed panto, Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions is diving back into virtual events with an online alternative to Valentine’s Day.
Line-up revealed for annual Leicester dance festivalLeicester’s annual dance festival Let's Dance International Frontiers is back for its 11th year with 11 days of in-person, indoor, outdoor and online events.
RSC offers resources to home students and teachersThe Royal Shakespeare Company is offering free Shakespeare-related resources to students learning at home and to teachers looking to create lesson plans to deliver online.
Earwigs emerge from Tron TheatreScotland's Tron Theatre presents a free podcast series of sonic theatre productions.
Rise:Up and hear the musicDigital venue Stream.Theatre and Perfect Pitch preview new British musicals online.
NW venues put Dorian in the pictureSeveral North West venues will be partners for a new digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Collide Theatre virtual MetamorphosisCollide Theatre and London fringe venue The Cockpit offer a virtual front row for Metamorphosis 360°.
Curve to stream The Color PurpleTwo Midlands theatres are joining up to present an online concert version of their first co-production and 2,000 tickets will be distributed free to NHS workers.
May Contain Food by Luca Silvestrini's ProteinLuca Silvestrini's Protein's dance and singing fusion May Contain Food will be streamed in February on King's Place's streaming platform.
New dance project by James CousinsA short film and virtual gallery, In Search of Sanctuary, will open Dance East’s digital programme from 29-31 January 2021.
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