Online theatre news
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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