We’ve put together a list of places that you can watch recorded and live theatre streamed online while you are sitting at home in quarantine. Hopefully this can give you the little dose of theatre you have been missing! With more exciting fringe theatre put online daily, we’ve added a separate list at the bottom, along with a section for audio dramas.
Feel free to comment on this post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of anything we have missed or would like us to list your show!
- Various shows at National Theatre Live
Every Thursday evening National Theatre Live will release a new show available to stream on Youtube.
Currently Streaming: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Available until 2 July).
Their collection of 30 world-class productions are also now free to stream at home for UK state-funded teachers and pupils. Find out more.
- Lungs at The Old Vic
Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform a socially distanced version of Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas live from The Old Vic. Watch here.
- Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe
- Various shows at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Catch a number of live recordings of RSC plays by signing up for a free trial on Marquee TV for a month. Also available are a spring season of Oscar Wilde classics. Watch here.
- Various shows at the Royal Opera House
The Rosa Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts on their Facebook and Youtube channels. Watch here.
- Fleabag (and others) with Soho Theatre On Demand
Fleabag is available to stream with donations starting at £4. All contributions go to charities, including the National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together, and Acting for Others. Watch here.
Other shows, including stand-up comedy are available via their Theatre on Demand platform.
- A Winter’s Tale at the Barbican
A production from Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican in 2017 is now available to stream. Watch here.
- Only the Brave (Presented by Soho Theatre/ Wales Millennium Centre/ Daniel Sparrow/ Birdsong)
Only the Brave, the hit musical starring Caroline Sheen and David Thaxton, is available for free online.Watch here.
- Getting Better Slowly at Gain Charity
Commissioned by the GAIN charity Adam Pownall’s play about recovery is available to stream now.Watch here.
- Wise Children on BBC iplayer
Emma Rice brings her unique, musical & exuberant vision to Angela Carter’s novel, which is currently available on iplayer. Watch it here.
- Hamilton on Disney+
Filmed in 2016 with the original cast, watch it on Disney+ from July 3rd.
- All-star Les Misérables concert via lemis.com
It is now available to download in support of the NHS and theatre industry. Also included is a specially-created mini-documentary with backstage footage and cast interviews. Watch at lesmis.com/concert, download for £9.99. Watch here.
- The Encounter by Complicité
The show, performed by the company’s artistic director Simon McBurney with the assistance of binaural sound, tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, who became lost in the jungle on the border of Brazil and Peru in 1969 and met the Mayoruna tribe. Watch on Complicité’s website and YouTube. Watch here.
- Monologues at the Bush Theatre
- Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse
Harriet Walter, Jade Anouka, Sheila Atim and Jackie Clune taking on multiple roles in Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest. Watch on Marquee TV. Watch here.
- The Monologue Library
More than 100 monologues performed by actors such as Simon Russell Beale, Riz Ahmed, Gina McKee, Sheila Atim and Denish Gough have been added to The Monologue Library. Watch here.
- to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song on BBC iplayer
The music of Patti Smith, David Bowie and Erik Satie are the framework for choreographer Michael Clark’s 2017 dance show at the Barbican. Available on BBC IPlayer.
- Various shows at the English National Ballet
The English National Ballet is pulling shows out of its recent archive for a number of free online premieres. Watch it on their Youtube, every Wednesday.
- Various shows from Deafinitely Theatre
Three plays from Deafinitely Theatre, which performs shows in both British Sign Language and spoken English, will be streamed over the next few months. The first is Love’s Labour’s Lost, filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2012, which is available now on YouTube for free. George Brant’s Grounded from 2015 and Mike Bartlett’s Contractions will be streamed in May and June, with each show running for a month. Watch here.
- The Crucible at the Old Vic
The Old Vic’s production of The Crucible is now streaming on Digital Theatre. Digital Theatre has loads more shows available, from dramas to musical theatre. You can take your pick of Sheridan Smith starring in Funny Girl, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Into The Woods and Maxine Peake playing Hamlet, not to mention many RSC productions. Watch on Digital Theatre (£9.99 a month or £7.99 for individual plays).
- Various shows at Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage
Sadler’s Wells is bringing some new works to their Digital Stage. The newly filmed dance performances will be released each week, starting with BalletBoyz’s Deluxe, Wilkie Branson’s TOM and Rumpelstiltskin by balletLORENT, all of which were due to run live at the theatre. Sadler’s also have dance films choreographed for the screen to share, including National Youth Dance Company’s MADHEAD. Watch here.
Fringe Theatre Streams
- Matchstick Theatre Presents ‘N89‘ watch here
- Come To Where I Am – Theatre company Paines Plough has launched a new series which sees 30 new plays from writers about their relationships with home. Watch here.
- Isolated But Open: Voices From Across the Shutdown – made up of 12 monologues which will be available to view for free online. Watch here.
- Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) -Martha Watson Allpress’ first full-length play was recently met with a great response when it debuted at Vault Festival (I’ve seen it and it was great). The play is screened on new virtual reality on-demand platform for theatre, LIVR, which lets you watch shows in 360°. You’ll also find Joana Nastari’s F*** You Pay Me and Matilda Ibini’s Little Miss Burden, which both ran at the Bunker Theatre. Watch on LIVR (30 day free trial, then £5.99 monthly).
- Love in the Time of Corona – The writers of Emilia, Jellyfish and Foxfinder are among playwrights to have new monologues performed for HighTide’s new programme. Watch here.
- Bubble – Theatre Uncut’s new play has a cast who have never met, rehearsed on Skype and filmed their parts on their phones. Watch here.
- The ace @bloom_theatre are bringing their SAPLINGS 2.(0)LINE – a virtual showcase of new writing and performances – direct to your living rooms. Watch here.
Monkhead Film & Theatre, and also the producer and writer of a 4 minute film, THE JACK OF HEARTS, made during the covid-19 lockdown using only: three housemates, one flat and a few outside spaces, an iPhone 7 . Watch here.
- Shock Horror Theatre streaming their selection of blood stained musicals. Watch here.
- Encompass Productions presents BARE E-SSENTIALS, the acclaimed online edition of London’s best-reviewed new writing night. Watch here.
- Vagabond Productions presents Coronamona, an online series. Watch here.
- Digifest from International Youth Arts Festival streaming from 3-5 July. Watch here.
- Spontaneous Productions free streams of plays. Watch here.
- Loosely Based Theatre streaming Lost Souls monologues. Watch here.
- Light On Showcase, 7 pieces of female led drama produced during lockdown. Watch here.
- Factory Treasure, part of the Actors Quarantine Collective. Watch here.
- This is My Name. Watch here.
- Clownspiracy by Strike Up Theatre. Watch here.
- Rachel by Rick Allden. Watch here.
- Interbang Theatre, various episodes. Watch here.
- Mother! The Life of Mother Jones. Watch here.
- Lonely in Lockdown. Watch here.
- We Will Not be Silenced, 12 monologues by Brian Coyle. Listen here.
Radio and audio dramas
- Season of short form radio dramas. Listen here.
- Triple bill of short plays just posted today. DOUBLE EDGED SWORD, ALICE IN THERAPY and BLACKCURRANT JAM. Listen here.
- Placeprints a 10 part audio series by David Rudkin is streaming now on the New Perspectives Website. Listen here.
- Bitter Pill Theatre Company Podcast, The Last Manicure, available now written by Amy Baty, performed by #MiriamMargolyes To subscribe: Google https://tinyurl.com/y7m5anja Apple https://tinyurl.com/yaktnomx Other https://tinyurl.com/y8pljco
- Natura Contemporary Theatre free podcast of their production ‘The Tree Charter Tapestry. Listen here.
- Retired Upstage by Benjamin Peel available on BBC Sounds. Listen here.
- Owdyado Theatre Company – Twisted Tales in Lockdown audio plays. Listen here.
- The Red Zinnia by John Wilde. Listen here.