Updated: Apr 20
Bored of TV and want something a little different... companies are finding ways to help with that and to also support the theatre and Broadway productions.
Cirque du Soleil - have set up free streaming of their shows on Youtube due to the COVID19 crisis - here is the link to their youtube page.
National Theatre U.K. - are broadcasting theatre shows online, for a limited time only. Here is the link https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on
Broadway - you can take a virtual trip to Broadway with this streaming platform, which has a library of more than 200 recorded performances.
You can watch Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma!, Ian McKellen as King Lear, Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet and much, much more. There's a seven day free trial and after that it costs $8.99 a month (roughly £7.53) to subscribe. The link
The show must go on - Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that each friday, he will be releasing "a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free!" Be quick, it will only be available for 48hrs. First one was Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Friday April 10 it will be Jesus Christ Superstar. Here is the link to the Youtube page where you can watch the full shows - remember only posted for 48hrs!. Look out for your favourite.
Manchester (UK) Theatres - Manchester's theatres may have closed their doors for now, but you can relive some of their most popular productions through Digital Theatre.The digital arts platform has more than 100 world class theatre experiences to watch, including Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, captured during its run at the Palace Theatre.
Other highlights from theatres up and down the country include Richard Armitage in The Crucible at London's Old Vic, and Oedipus, starring Steven Berkoff, at Nottingham Playhouse. You can rent productions from £7.99 each or sign up for unlimited streaming for £9.99 a month. The link.
Shakespeare globe theatre, London - The theatre has been recording its productions for years, therefore a huge library of most of Shakespeare's tragedies, comedies and histories.
Plays are available to rent or buy from £4.99. The link.
The Metropolitan Opera (NYC) - During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. The Link. Its FREE.