Online theatre news
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.
Alexia starts Birmingham theatre’s online workshopsBirmingham’s Alexia McIntosh has kicked off a series of digital masterclasses at the Hippodrome in the city: 25 online workshops for young people aged between 7 and 25.
Belgrade to host Dorian Gray online streamingCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre is to host a digital streaming of the Oscar Wilde play The Picture of Dorian Gray which will “push the theatrical form”.
The colourful Shadow of KneehighKneehigh has released a free online educational resource pack, The Shadow Kit.
Musicians considering conductor roleMusicians are invited to join new international conducting competition online.
MANIPULATE digitalThis year's MANIPULATE Festival goes online to deliver screenings, workshops and a celebration of womxn in animation, with some lucky Scots getting a moving sculpture installation.
Papatango Shook onlinePapatango New Writing Prize-winner Shook has been filmed and will be online next month, whilst this year's Prize continues to accept submissions.
Beauty of an extended BeastSt Helens Theatre Royal is extending the online version of Beauty and the Beast until the end of January.
Panto Season 2020: Online Pantos - last chance to watch!There's still time to visit Pantoland online. Listings of the shows you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
Curve goes back to school with classroom initiativeLeicester’s Curve theatre is supporting home schooling during the third national lockdown with an educational initiative called Curve Classroom.
Verbatim online opera from all-disabled ensembleNew verbatim opera We Ask These Questions of Everybody from composer Amble Skuse will be performed online by an all-disabled ensemble at Scotland's Sound Festival 2021.
NDCWales & Literature Wales film collaboration extendedThe National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales collaboration, Plethu/Weave, has been extended and will be a part of the Wales in Germany themed year in 2021.
A virtual dance programme for 2021Eliot Smith Dance is to launch virtual programming for its winter / spring 2021 season.
Dancing Nation broadcast postponedThe broadcast of Dancing Nation on BBC iPlayer and the Sadler's Wells web site has been postponed to be compliant with new coronavirus guidelines.
Curve extends run of Sunset Boulevard at HomeLeicester’s Curve theatre has extended until Sunday 17 January “due to popular demand” the run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard—at Home.
New online digital arts festivalLiving Record is a new arts festival presented on a bespoke online platform presenting work across a range of disciplines.
The Women's Writes Online FestivalFive new short plays challenging stereo-typical depictions of womxn will be shown in the new year.
Panto Season 2020: Online Pantos (Updated 24 December)Listings of the many online pantomimes available to watch from the comfort of your own home.
ENB's Nutcracker Delights free onlineEnglish National Ballet is to make a recorded performance of Nutcracker Delights available to watch for free on YouTube and Facebook.
Home or away - at HOME!HOME’s Christmas shows are to go ahead despite the tiering announcement for Manchester.
North East audition call from NTCNorthumberland Theatre Company is looking for two female actors for a streamed performance in January
More free online pantos!The Geordie Panto Co is offering not one, but two pantos for families to watch online free of charge
ENB School Winter Showcase online releaseEnglish National Ballet School's Winter Showcase, filmed at The Roundhouse, will be available online from 21 December.
Ballets de Monte Carlo postpones online streamThe latest measures relating to the performance of live shows has caused Les Ballet de Monte Carlo to postpone the launch of its video platform until January.
County Durham community opera now onlineSong of Our Heartland, a community opera for County Durham created with Opera North, is now streaming online free of charge.
Heartbreak goes online with panto for adultsOpen-air theatre stalwart Heartbreak Productions is to tackle its first live, online production: an original panto for grown-ups, Tinsel in my Pants.
Christmas at The MaltingsAlthough the theatre is closed, The Maltings in Berwick goes online for Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Holly & IvanA sister, her brother and a theatre unite to tell a Christmas story with Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre.
Sadler’s Wells Dancing Nation onlineSadler’s Wells and BBC Arts are to collaboration on an all-day digital, live and pre-recorded broadcast, Dancing Nation.
A puppet school for NewcastleKids and teens in Newcastle are invited to join an online puppet school next spring.
A Christmas Carol broadcastThe Octagon will be bringing Christmas spirit with its festive broadcast of A Christmas Carol.
On a Manchester MissionJulie Hesmondhalgh, Steve Evets and Shelley King lead the line up of Manchester actors bringing Christmas cheer and raising money for Wood Street Mission.
City festival warms up for summerManchester International Festival plans to return July 1–18, but meantime launches new commissions, an international showcase and other collaborations.
5 Plays of Christmas from LiveNewcastle’s Live Theatre presents five new short and alternative festive plays online.
Royal Opera House Christmas streamsThe Royal Opera House has announced its biggest ever programme of digital ballet and opera content for over the Christmas period.
RSC swings with streamed concert version of the DreamThe Royal Shakespeare Company has announced further details of Tales for Winter 2020-21, including Swingin' the Dream, a concert with the Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience.
Constella Christmas Gala onlineConstella aims to combat loneliness among the elderly with its Connecting Stars one-to-one virtual performances to isolated care home residents.
Stars come out for Great Ormond StreetA star-studded audio adaptation of Peter Pan will raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Will panto defeat Rottenchops the Rotter?A comedy thriller from Durham’s Gala sees panto heroes take on the rottenest villain of them all!
Nutcracker moved online at Birmingham REPBirmingham Royal Ballet has taken the “difficult” decision to move its Christmas production of The Nutcracker due to tier three coronavirus restrictions.
An animated Christmas from NorthumberlandThree Northumberland venues, a producer, a writer from Gateshead, a Newcastle songwriter and a South Shields animator combine to produce an animated Christmas show.
Curve to film Sunset Boulevard for home viewingLeicester’s Curve has cancelled a concert version of Sunset Boulevard due to coronavirus restrictions but the production will be filmed and available online.
Brexit impact play to have online stagingNotnow Collective is to stage a free online performance of its show Pepper and Honey which was due to tour in autumn 2020 and was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
Celebrating Manchester's storiesManchester’s Royal Exchange has started the countdown to Christmas with stories that celebrate the streets and voices of the city.
Tracing Movement's filmed dance piece ReboundTracing Movement's Rebound is a filmed dance piece performed onstage at Theatre Royal Stratford East directed and choreographed by Stuart Winter.
Derby Theatre moves Little Mermaid onlineAll in-person performances of Mike Kenny’s The Little Mermaid at Derby Theatre have been cancelled as the city has entered tier three COVID restrictions.
A Christmas Carol experienceZach Pierce is a Bolton-based theatre producer developing a festive audio play.
Oldham Advent Calendar on airFrom December 1–24, Oldham Coliseum Theatre will air a short play on a festive theme each day.
West Midlands finds it gets lighter from hereA “virtual day of hope and positivity”, showcasing 60-second digital commissions from organisations across the West Midlands, is to mark the longest night and shortest day of the year.
Crooked Spire murder mystery to be free onlineA medieval murder mystery musical set in the aftermath of a global pandemic, The Crooked Spire (Windlass Edition), will be available free online from Derbyshire's Ashgate Heritage Arts.
Northampton venue to stage online murder mysteryAudiences can enjoy an interactive theatrical experience by Zoom when Northampton’s Royal and Derngate stages an online murder mystery, Sherlock in Homes.
Hereford Christmas show to have live streamThe Courtyard Hereford’s annual children’s Christmas show is to go ahead with a difference, with a live stream of Hansel and Gretel from its main stage.
James Cousins new dance projectIn Search of Sanctuary explores four dancers' changing relationship to dance over the events of the last year across lockdown, the recent BLM and 'new normal'.
Open Clasp’s Sugar on the BBCOpen Clasp’s Sugar, the stories of three women caught up in the criminal justice system, is available on the BBC iPlayer.
Hot to Trott for COVID heroesIf you know someone who has achieved something great during the coronavirus crisis and would like a special message from Oldham Coliseum’s Dame Dotty Trott, then hurry!
Octagon entertains onlineBolton Octagon has a programme of online events to entertain audiences this December.
From live play to audio recordingThe November Club reimagines its proposed 2020 touring production as a collection of audio stories.
Decision for Buxton Fringe to go online “vindicated”A rush of entries in June vindicated a decision by Buxton Fringe to go ahead with a mainly online programme in 2020.
The Five Plays of ChristmasNewcastle’s Live Theatre is giving its audience a Christmas present of five new plays
Festival unlocks audiences at Nottingham PlayhouseNottingham Playhouse sold thousands of tickets to people from 29 countries for nine shows during its Unlocked Festival.
Birmingham REP stages immersive children’s showBirmingham REP and Northern Ireland-based Cahoots NI are to stage an immersive digital show for children, The University of Wonder and Imagination.
Tribute to David Toole film onlineArtificial Things, a film of the Stopgap Dance Company performance directed by Sophie Fiennes and choreographed by Lucy Bennett, is to be shown on BBC 4.
RSC to open up again with Tales for WinterRoyal Shakespeare Company's winter 2020 programme includes “stripped-back, warm-up events”, a reading by David Walliams from The Boy in the Dress and a retelling of the Trojan war.
A virtual triple dance billNewcastle-based Eliot Smith Dance is to replace its proposed autumn 2020 season with a digital performance of three new works.
Northern Stage reveals 2020 Christmas showAn altogether revealing announcement from Northern Stage: its Christmas show will be The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Digital, down by the WatersideWaterside arts centre in Sale, Greater Manchester, has launched a new digital hub.
ENB on-demand video platform launchedEnglish National Ballet’s on-demand video platform, ENB at Home, has now launched with two services: Ballet on Demand, featuring ballet productions available for rent, and BalletActive ballet-based classes, available by subscription.
Women in Lockdown film to have online premièreA short film exploring the lives of women across Birmingham and the Black Country during lockdown is to have its free première on YouTube.
Star-studded line-up for new RSC Talking Shakespeare seriesIan McKellen, Helen Mirren, Roger Allam, David Oyelowo and Jane Lapotaire have been confirmed for the second series of Talking Shakespeare hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Belgrade commemorates 80th anniversary of Coventry BlitzCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz by revisiting its play One Night in November.
Manchester Festival's online 'one-off'Riz Ahmed will give a one-off livestream performance of The Long Goodbye on December 19.
Noir première put backThe online première of original new play Noir will now be making its debut on February 13–14.
GIFT to be a leader of England's Performing Arts Showcase ConsortiumThe Gateshead International Festival of Theatre is one of six organisations leading a new flagship International Showcase celebrating performance created in England.
More actors employed by online secret-agent gameA series of online, secret agent-themed immersive adventures has trebled its workforce of actors as people across the country turn to online entertainment and virtual socialising.
Digital queer festival “a venture into the unknown”Festival of queer arts and culture SHOUT's 2020 festival will take place entirely online featuring more than 30 events “that speak to issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community right now”.
E-learning platform to help future artistic directorsThe UK's first organisation dedicated to creating change at leadership level, Artistic Directors of the Future, has introduced an online tool, ADF Bite-Size.
World Ballet Day 2020 updateThe "biggest ever global celebration of dance" will live-stream on 29 October 2020.
Opera North's festive Couch to ChorusFollowing the success of the digital choir in the summer, a special Festive Edition of Opera North's From Couch to Chorus starts in November.
Miller to direct film of Crooked Spire musicalAndrew Miller will direct The Crooked Spire, Ashgate Heritage Arts’ medieval murder mystery musical adapted from Chris Nickson’s novel of the same name.
An online HalloweenA collection of short audio stories for Halloween made in the North East will première on Halloween.
Metta helps the arts go greenClimate crisis solutions for arts organisations on offer from new consultancy.
Online theatre reviews
Effing Robots: How I Taught the A.I. to Stop Worrying and Love Humans
Giant Nerd Productions
Bard Overboard presents: a Global Pandemic Holiday Special
Extra Credit Ensemble and Fringe Management
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran
The Javaad Alipoor Company at Under the Radar Festival
Public Theater, New York
Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown
King’s Head Theatre presents Charles Court Opera
King's Head Theatre
Christmas with the Hobs
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The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Met Opera on Demand
Metropolitan Opera House, New York
Take Five Blues / Senseless Kindness / Laid in Earth / Echoes / Jolly Folly
English National Ballet
Holloway Production Studio at London City Island
Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media in association with Guy...
The Union Theatre
The Piece Hall Trust, Northern Rascals and Northern Broadsides
The Piece Hall, Halifax
The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs (Valor, agravio y mujer)
Red Bull Theater
Red Bull Theater, New York
Long Day’s Journey into Night
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario
Stratford Festival Theatre, Ontario
What a Carve Up!
Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre
Barn Theatre, Cirencester
Decolonisation—not just a buzzword…
Bhuchar Boulevard in association with SOAS
SOAS Virtual Festival of Ideas