Alternative Ways Of Getting Your Theatre / Arts & Culture Fix

By April 1, 2020 Uncategorized

Ronnie Scotts are live streaming Lockdown Sessions - here’s the one from this week. It was a wonderful concert if anyone is interested? 

Berliner Philharmoniker digital Library is free (concerts and films). You click on the link BELOW before the end of the month (31.03.2020) and activate and register a free voucher/ pass valid for a thirty day free pass for the digital library.  The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall

*** NPR Choice page - Virtual concerts streamed live from the States. Please note times stated are US times, currently 4 - 8 hours behind us_ Daylight saving time

London Philharmonic Orchestra Must read the Ts and Cs especially para 3.7 if people decide to sign up.

London Symphony Orchestra On-line Programmes 

Phillipe Gentry - voyageurs immobiles (2010)   

Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain - New York full show just put up on YouTube    

A whole bevy of opportunities are afforded for free through Lincoln Center at Home here.  

Cafe Oto is streaming concerts here

Philharmonia Film Friday: Haydn 104 Listening Guide

It’s a short film- part of a series that will go out every Friday- a video listening guide to a Haydn Symphony. 

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -STREAMED CONCERTS  Join the LSO online for a programme of full-length concerts twice a week, artist interviews, playlists to keep you motivated at home, activities to keep young music fans busy and much much more.



 *** 1964 BBC tv production of Sartre's Huit Closfeaturing an actor called Harold Pinter.   

The Theatre Café will present an initiative to keep actors in paid work during the theatre closures starting Monday 23rd March.

Classical music concerts streaming at St Mary's Perivale - voluntary donations via PayPal HERE  Forthcoming concerts are on our website .  We hope to keep going regardless of lockdowns etc!    

***  Short plays to watch online, with some famous faces!

***Bubble (a play set entirely on Facebook, using a cast of European actors who never met in person, rehearsed over Skype and filmed on their cameras). Premieres at 8pm on 23 March 2020

*** Shakespeare  The Show Must Go OnlineLive readings fromt he Bard's Canon -  Weekly plays - each Thursday @7pm and you can catch up thereafter. 

*** Eugenius The Musical streaming for free on Facebook  HERE - a member reports this is now permanent.  Enjoy. 

Why not watch some Regent Park Open Air Theatre trailers here.  

*** Reading Plays on line  HERE  unsure what the fee is. Try just Googling - reading plays online

*** A fellow member has kindly passed along this link to a list of online streaming of performances:  Tamsin

*** Another streamed performance, this time Wind in the Willows at The Palladium

Cyprus Avenue (A film mixing the drama shot at the Royal Court with location scenes of Belfast). Released at 12 noon on 27 March 2020, to mark World Theatre Day, available free for one month. 

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues (online from 17 March 2020)     ....    Timpson: The Musical (Stockwell Playhouse, online since 2019) 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Lyric, March 2020)  .....    Since U Been Gone (Edinburgh Fringe, 2019)

Theatres respond to the troubles by creating new digital platform performances - Read about it here. 

During the troubles - since you won't be able to jump into the dramatic madness of the Edinburgh Festival - why not thrive to the thousands of different sounds of the SOCIAL DISTANCING FESTIVAL here.  (You could even design your own electronic flyer if you want!!!) 

Headlong Theatre's digital theatre platform 'Unprecedented' can be found here. 

Why not watch a boat theatre in Hungary here.  

Watch Theatre Uncut's Bubble here.

West End musical theatre notables give short live concerts available online from the Theatre Cafe at various times during the period of the troubles: here.

 NATIONAL THEATRE announced a Free to Watch At Home programme starting 2nd April 2020 - Link here.

BBC to broadcast six RSC Shakespeare productions.  Read about it here 

National Student Drama Featival will hold a series of online seminars and lectures.  Read about it hereDigital Theatre Company - £9.99 a month, They have a huge range of productions.

Starkid Productions, a collective of theatre creators, have been writing and sharing their musicals for the last ten years, starting from when they were students together at the University Of Michigan. They rose to online fame with the release of A Very Potter Musical, a parody of the stories about the boy wizard starring a pre-GLEE Darren Criss in the title role.

Bring Him Home  Here's a beautiful and powerful performance of the song by Alfie Boe, John Owen Jones, The Barricade Boys and others. Celebrating the NHS and reminding us all to stay safe. Web link


Schaubühne - The Berlin theatre has made its repertory programme available for streaming online. 

Münchner Kammerspiel - The Munich theatre is also releasing a recording of a production from its programme every dayOdéon Theatre - The Odéon Theatre in Paris is making its programme available onlineMladinsko Theatre - Ljubljana’s Mladinsko Theatre will be moving its programme online while the theatre is closed. 

Yugoslav Drama Theatre - Belgrade’s Yugoslav Drama Theatre is streaming performances from its archive, 

There’s also a vast range of archive performances from the 1960s and 1970s available here.

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre - Since March 20, Moscow’s Stanislavsky Electrotheatre will be streaming online webcasts of theatre performances (many with English subtitles) as well as a series of lectures. 

55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution - This absurdist satire by the  Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj, written in typically vivid, heightened style, explores what happens when a gay couple apply to get married in small Balkan town. It was presented in the UK as a reading as part of the Global Queer Plays season at the Arcola Theatre in London in 2018 and performed at La MaMa in New York last year. It’s available to watch on YouTube with English subtitles.

Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren’s story of a super-strong girl with distinctive pigtails is adapted by Swedish dancer and choreographer Pär Isberg for the Helsinki Opera, with music by Georg Riedel and Stefan Nilsson. The performance at Helsinki Opera House is available via Arte until April 20.

The Seagull - Russian director Yury Butusov’s vibrant four-hour production of Chekhov’s play for the Satirikon Theatre is available to watch online on RussiaStage along with many other Russian productions.

Fragments (Beckett by Brook) - If ever there was a time to get into Beckett, it’s now. Peter Brook’s production of five Beckett short plays, filmed at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 2015, is available on Vimeo. Jos Houben, Marcello Magni and Kathryn Hunter star in Brook’s Beckett quintet featuring Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby, Neither, Come and Go and Act Without Words II.

Globe to Globe - All of the productions in Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2013 season of international stagings of Shakespeare are available to rent on the theatre’s Globe Player website, i

There were many exciting links on the World Theatre Day (27.03.20) here.  Click and feast.  Why not?

Cheek by Jowl have put their production of The Winter's Tale online until 27.04.20.  Enjoy. 

Archive recording of Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual - here

Colour by Diana Thomas - see the performance here

Hampstead Theatre - From today you can see some of Hampstead Theatre's re-released live stream performances on both the venue's website and The Guardian website over three consecutive weeks, as part of the #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series.

Sir Patrick Stewart is making sure nobody goes without their daily dose of Shakespeare by reading a sonnet a day on TwitterGecko Theatre Company have a select number of full-length productions on their YouTube to watch whenever you like.


*** Five short films for freedom from BFI: Steve 

BFI films including many free ones

And the Young Vic also has a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions

BFI Flare at home | BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2020 - viewers will need to subscribe to BFI player but they do a 14 day free trial
British Film Institute films, some are free - a very large collection is free. Click on the links - CollectionsBFI Player

Mubi -  A kind of arthouse cinema version of Netflix. First 3 months free, courtesy of the Lexi (one member's local indie cinema, you don't have to be a member of it), thereafter £9.99 per month.




***A virtual visit of the Rjiksmuseum: Sheila

Other museums suggested by Bruce - 10 museums to visit while staying at home: virtual tours and online collections.
  1. Pinacoteca di Brera- Milan ... 2. Galleria degli Uffizi - Florence ... 3. Musei Vaticani - Rome ... 4. Museo Archeologico - Athens
  2. Prado - Madrid ... 6. Louvre- Paris ... 7. British Museum - London .... 8. Metropolitan Museum - New York.... 9. Hermitage - Saint Petersburg
  3. National Gallery of Art - Washington .... or 12 Famous MuseumsFrom Around the World .... ***   Museum Crush here


*** Opera and Ballet from Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Opera from Teatro La Fenice, Venice 

The Mariinsky Theatre has just started a series of on-line broadcasts of opera, ballet and concerts  Mariinsky.TV — live webcast

*** Opera and Ballet (free) with Teatro di San Carlo 

The Met Opera is streaming titles from its "Live in HD" series through its website. A different opera every day available for 20 hours.

The Wiener Staatsoper. Previous performances broadcast daily.

Teatro di San Carlo. Regular transmissions from past seasons.

The Ring Cycle (Opera North)

The Turn of the Screw (Opera North). Available until 21 August 2020.

 Opera and ballet from Staatsopera Under Der Linden

Online opera and dance from the Romanian National Opera

Belle Voci Charity Concert Two talented ladies (well with the maximum social limit) are determined that you should not go without a concert.  

The Royal Opera House - The Royal Opera House launches a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home
Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April, 7pm / Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April, 7pm / The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April, 7pm / Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April, 7pm / The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May, 7pm

Astana Opera will show its record of its productions online on the channel Tengrinews. A selection of the best examples of opera and ballet performances performed by the Astana Opera artists can be seen during the state of emergency

The Paris Opera is screening some performances, details of which can be found here. Please note:  "the Paris Opera has been putting many of its opera and ballet productions from its archives online free of charge. The performances are available, after registration, for one week on the  Opéra national de Paris

A feast of opera and ballet from Zurich between April and June is available hereGlyndebourne - You can bring out the strawberries and cream at the same time, of course.  


Mayerling (The Royal Ballet) 

5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline (Army drill halls around the UK, 2017) 

Peeping Tom trilogy: Le Jardin(2002), Le Salon(2005), Le Sous Sol(2007) 

Le Patin Libre: Vertical - The Film (online from 2018)

Dance Magazine (cancelled dance shows sharing their rehearsals or companies streaming the shows instead)

Giselle with Osipova at Perm Ballet - has just been uploaded - 

Might find THIS amusing!!  

For those who want to actively stick in why not join Ashley Bouder (NYCB Principal Dancer) in her class on Youtube ... The rest of us can, of course, watch and smile ... You'll find it here.  

Yet another listing of available dance shows on line here: 

Bejart Ballet Lausanne has set up a schedule of performances that can be accessed as Video on Demand: 

Items to watch in Sadler's Wells Digital Stage programme during the period of the troubles can be found here.  

NYC PUBLIC LIBRARY opens files from performing arts categories from its Lincoln Center Library - including the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection and the Billie Rose Theater Collection - for access during the period of the troubles.  Some are only available to NYCPL members - but a goodly number are open to all. 

Stuttgart Ballet have put the great Marcia Haydee's Sleeping Beauty up on line to watch here until 31.3.20.

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai:  = Mariinsky Ballet: Anastasia Matvienko, Parish, Tereshkina, Roman Belyakov, Popov.

Teatro di San Carlo Nutcracker with Lauretta Summerscales and Vadim Muntagirov here. 

See Carla Fracci and Erik Bruhn in the R&J pas de deux (choreographed by Bruhn in 1966) hereThe Bolshoi is presenting a series of their Cinema Broadcasts for free online - Schedule is as follows: -
01.04 - The Bride of the Tsar / 04.04 - Marco Spada / 07.04 - Boris Godounov / 10.04 - Nutcracker   = 

Northern Ballet will have a 'pay as you feel' online platform for their digital materials.  Click here.  .  

From Friday 17 April, extended highlights from Northern Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala will be available to watch at This sell-out performance featured excerpts of productions from Northern Ballet’s history and brought together dancers from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre alongside Northern Ballet’s dancers.

Watch broadcasts from the National Ballet of Kazakhstan.

Perm Ballet has just streamed La Sylphide as can be seen (for the moment at least) hereNew York Theater Ballet is offering the following shows all by the late great Anthony Tudor.  Must put in a password.  That is:  NYTB (all caps). 
Judgment of Paris ; Soirée Musicale  ; Jardin aux Lilas - ;
Dark Elegies - ; Romeo & Juliet SADLER'S WELLS LIVE STREAMS  To celebrate World Theatre Day join Sadler's Wells for their series of Sadler's Wells Facebook Premieres, starting with the excellent BalletBoyz's Deluxe – an evening of brand-new dance works by choreographers Sarah Golding, Maxine Doyle and Xie Xin.   ....   Available for 7 days. Click the link to go to their Facebook page to watch the show!



BBC Radio 4 - Behind The Scenes at The V&A:  

 Unfortunately the radio drama festival was cancelled -  but the organisers have kindly put all the dramas online for everyone to enjoy here 

Two actresses whose work was cancelled by the troubles have set up Quarantine FM.  You can listen here 


For those with children (and the young at heart) to entertain, especially important now the schools are closing, a quick visit to YouTube will take you on some amazing virtual rides: 

Below is a list of some rides you can enjoy virtually as we all practice some very important social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
***  Ultimate Musical Theatre PLaylist 

*** See the worlds museums virtually 

Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free, whilst the schools stay shut, to help people cope with self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

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