TRW RECOMMENDS: PERFORMANCES TO STREAM
The online streams of top-quality shows you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
There are a mixture of those which are free to charge to watch, and those which are paid for that are helping to raise money for charities during this difficult and challenging time.
Our Theatre Directors Jon and Anne-Marie Woodley were proud to be co-producers (Birdsong Productions) on this show for its major debut at the beautiful Wales Millennium Centre in 2016. Only the Brave is a story of hope, bravery and togetherness. It is based on the true story of British soldiers, Major John Howard and Lieutenant Denham Brotheridge, and their wives on the Home Front, in a Second World War tale of incredible unity and courage. With a stunning cast, orchestra, crew and creative team at the wonderful Wales Millennium Centre, this musical sheds light on the immense strength and power of the human spirit at times of great adversity.
Rifco Theatre, who have previously visited Theatre Royal Windsor with productions of Miss Meena and the Masala Queens, Laila the Musical and The Deranged Marriage, have made their latest show Mushy: Lyrically Speaking available to watch online for free on their website (with the opportunity to make a donation to help support artists and the theatre industry).
The show tells the story of schoolboy Musharaf Asghar (Mushy) who shot to fame following his appearance on the Channel 4 reality series, Educating Yorkshire, in his attempts to overcome his speech impediment with the help of his school teacher. The heart-warming play is written by Pravesh Kumar and infused with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar (Keep It Undercover).
Watch the hit BBC TV series in it’s origin form as a one-woman play. Recorded for NT Live during the sell-out West End run at Wyndham’s theatre last summer, proceeds will go towards charities National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others. There will also be a special Fleabag Support Fund, which will distribute grants of £2,500 to freelancers working in the UK theatre industry.
Fleabag is also available for rented streaming through Amazon Prime.
Northern Ballet’s production of 1984 won the company the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in June 2016. Based on the George Orwell novel, this production was created by Guest Choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins. It is available to watch online until 2 May as part of Northern Ballet’s “Pay As You Feel” Digital Season.
Featuring a star cast of leading musical theatre names including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas, treat yourself to a taste of the West End with this stage concert of the classic production.Treat yourself to a taste of the West End with this stage concert of the classic production. This concert was originally broadcast to cinemas late last year.
For every digital download purchased (RRP £9.99) The Mackintosh Foundation will separately donate £5 to be shared amongst the charities: Acting for Others, the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and Captain Tom Moore’s Walk for the NHS fund.
Every Thursday the National Theatre is streaming a selection of shows from their National Theatre Live Productions archive for free on YouTube. Each production is available to watch for 7 days. Productions so far have included One Man, Two Guvnors; Jane Eyre and Treasure Island.
- TWELFTH NIGHT
Thu 23 – Thu 30 Apr
Thu 30 Apr – Thu 7 May
- ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Thu 7 – Thu 14 May
Andrew Lloyd Webber announced a new series, The Shows Must Go On, which takes his musicals from stage to screen. A show is released every Friday at 7pm, and is available to stream free of charge for 48 hours. Screened so far have been the musical classics Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies. Webber has teased that his “disaster musical” (his own words!) By Jeeves might well be featuring in the upcoming line up!
- ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CELEBRATION
Fri 1 – Sun 3 May
The team behind the 2017 West End production of The Wind in the Willows musical have made a recording of the show at the London Palladium available to rent online for £2.99.
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