If your evenings are lacking a certain excitement during social isolation, why not put your glad rags on and take a trip to the theatre – from the comfort of your own living room. Due to the necessary closure of all theatres, many of them are now streaming some of their most popular productions online. So now you can turn your living room into a comfortable theatre with plenty of legroom, drinks and no worries about queues for the loo!
Here are our top suggestions for bringing the theatre into your home:
- The Royal Opera House is offering free live streams throughout April https://www.roh.org.uk/streaming. Enjoy the magnificent production of the operatic masterpiece, Cosi Fan Tutte or the balletic brilliance of The Winters Tale. These and many more are available through their Facebook or You Tube pages. https://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse
- If you fancy up tempo musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber will be releasing a new musical every Friday at 7pm and they will be available to watch all weekend so you can choose what time works best for you to sit down and enjoy. For a full list of shows and to stream the shows, visit https://www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon
- For a trip down memory lane to a time when motor cars were a rare commodity, the toe tapping songs and colourful costumes from this production of the classic Wind in the Willows tale might be a perfect pick me up. You will need to register with an email address to watch but it’s very simple to do. https://www.willowsmusical.com/
- The National Theatre in London, which has the greatest archive of cinema-quality recordings of stage plays of any theatre on the planet, is opening up its archives to break the lockdown boredom. Starting with the famous One Man Two Guvnors production starring James Corden, the initial programme has four shows scheduled for April and are all available to stream via their YouTube channel here: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home