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How to Watch Theater Around the World from Your Home

16 March 2020 by TodayTix
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Even though theaters around the world are closing their doors amid the spread of COVID-19, the show must go on…online that is. Arts companies are streaming productions, so you can experience everything from a lavish opera at the Met to a high school production of an award-winning play.

While sometimes coming together means spending some time (physically) apart, the arts is the ultimate connector, and these livestreamed productions, concerts, and more are making our world feel a little bit smaller right now. 

We will be updating this list as new streams and productions are announced.

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park
We’re all longing for better days when we can sit in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and sip a beer while watching world-class Shakespeare. Luckily, last season’s acclaimed production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” starring Danielle Brooks, is available to stream for free on WNET.

La Bohème Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera
Want to go to the opera in your PJs? Or spend a night on the town in your living room? The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming different operas from its Live in HD series each night at 7:30PM EST. The operas will be live on the Met Opera homepage for 20 hours (through 3:30PM EST). First up? The 2010 production of Bizet’s “Carmen” on March 16.  

National Theatre at Home
London’s world famous Royal National Theatre, which stages more than 20 productions a year across its three theatres, recently announced that while its doors currently remain closed, they will upload one of their past productions to their YouTube channel every Thursday at 19:00 GMT (also available on-demand for a full week afterwards). NT’s first production, which is scheduled to go live on Thursday April 2nd, will be One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden in his Tony Award-winning role! Full details on further productions are available here. So, sit back and enjoy world class theatre from your home for free!

Royal Shakespeare Company
Whilst their theatres are currently shut, Royal Shakespeare Company have teamed up with Marquee TV to give Arts lovers the chance to stream some of more than 400 dance, theatre and opera productions from home. Even if you’re looking to binge on the Bard’s hits throughout the week, RSC also has you covered with weekly Saturday premieres for shows that have not aired yet! Simply sign up to Marquee TV today and receive a free 30 day trial now!

Over the years, streaming service BroadwayHD has added some fantastic titles to its list including smash-hit musicals such as “Falsettos” (2016 Broadway Revival), “42nd Street” (2017 West End Revival), “Kinky Boots“(West End) and “Oklahoma!” (1999 National Theatre production). Subscribe now and get a free 7 day trial!

Theatre Without Theater
As soon as the shutdown was announced, a group of theatermakers got together to launch the Instagram handle @theatrewithouttheater. The account is posting everything from songs from productions that were cancelled too soon to full productions. Our current faves on the channel? Broadway’s Margo Seibert performing the heartbreaking “I Give Away Children” from “Unknown Soldier,” which ended its run early at Playwrights Horizons. You can also watch part one of Jocelyn Bioh’s searing social commentary “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play.” New content is posted every day!

BroadwayWorld Living Room Concerts
Speaking of living room concerts, Broadway stars like Kathryn Gallagher and Andrew Barth Feldman performed sets from their living rooms for fans to enjoy. New performers are releasing content every day so keep an eye here. 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Instead of flying to be Australia (which, let’s be honest, is not advised right now), travel to Melbourne from your computer with livestreamed performances of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Its first streamed event was Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” and look out for more streams on its YouTube channel in the coming weeks. 

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House launched “From our House to yours,” a new digital program released each Wednesday-Sunday at 6PM AEDT. The virtual offerings will include archival footage, live broadcasts, and premieres from the iconic cultural institution. Check it out here.

Royal Opera House
London’s Royal Opera House will offer a free programme of curated online broadcasts and musical masterclasses that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions. Check out their website for upcoming events!

The Royal Court
For one month only from March 27th, The Royal Court in London will release David Ireland’s sold-out ‘Cyprus Avenue‘, which tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future. This film adaptation mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. Watch the trailer here! Details on where to watch this hit play to be announced on March 27th.

Synetic Theater
The innovative DC Metro Area-based Synetic Theater has released two HD recordings of shows in their archive, 2019’s “Richard 3.0” and 2017’s family-friendly “Hansel & Gretel”, both available from just $5 through a Pay-What-You-Can model. Known for their unique interpretations through physical theater, the organization is also offering Pay-What-You-Can dance and movement classes taught via live stream by a selection of their professional artists. 

Theater Wit
Chicago’s Theater Wit is continuing their spring run of “Teenage Dick” by turning to a “remote viewing” experience in which ticket buyers are invited to stream together at showtime and digitally gather for a live Q&A after each performance. Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available from $20. 

La MaMa
With the Broadway shutdown, Off and Off-Off Broadway are following suite. But famed downtown haven LaMaMa is finding ways to stream productions by partnering with CultureHub and HowlRound Theatre Commons. Visit their website to find out when shows will be streaming. 

We all could use a little laugh right now, and cCaveat is providing just that. Every night, the comedy venue will stream online versions of their shows. Check out their YouTube channel to watch current and past livestreams

Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre are hopping on the bandwagon by delivering us some of the best comedy stand-ups, direct from London’s most vibrant venue for theatre, comedy and cabaret. Full details here.

Tapestry Opera
In the mood for some areas? Tapestry Opera had to cancel its production of “Songbook X,” but the show’s headlines, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó and pianist Christopher Foley, will be performing selected highlights on Tapestry’s YouTube channel on Saturday, March 21 at 8PM EST. 

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues
Creatives have a lot more time on their hands these days so actors and playwrights are joining together for an experiment. Just like the 24 Hour Plays, where playwrights write and actors perform a play in the span of 24 hours, the Viral Monologues will have celebrities like Hugh Dancy, Patrick Wilson, and Rachel Dratch performing monologues written in that time frame by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire and Stephen Adly-Guirgis. The monologues will premiere every 15 minutes on @24hourplays IGTV channel beginning at 6PM EST on Tuesday, March 17.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Time to brush up on your Shakespeare? Actor and director Robert Myles launched an initiative to stream the complete works of Shakespeare in the order they were written. First up? “Two Gentleman of Verona” on March 19 at 3PM EST. Tune in here.

Joe’s Pub: Live!
While no one is going out to a cabaret concert these days, The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub is bring the music to you with Joe’s Pub Live. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8PM, Joe’s Pub will broadcast live-streamed and archive performances on YouTube Live. Check it out here.

Stars in the Home
Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband and producer James Wesley are bringing Broadway stars right to your living room with online concerts each night (and afternoon) at curtain time. Instead of going to the theater at 8PM (or 2PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays), join Rudetsky and Wesley for performances from some Broadway favorites, like Kelli O’Hara and Lindsay Mendez, and fun chats. It’s all in support of the Actors Fund. Tune in here.

Marie’s Crisis
What good is sitting along in your room if you can’t belt out showtunes? Famed downtown piano bar Marie’s Crisis is going virtual during the COVID-19 crisis, and each night, you can join by becoming a part of the Marie’s Crisis Facebook group and watching the livestreams every night.

Arts Centre Melbourne
You don’t have to take a trip down under to under music and performances from this renowned performing arts venues. On March 23, Arts Centre Melbourne with stream “Morning Melodies” and “Exposing Edith.” Check out the streams here.

Hampstead Theatre’s “I And You”
Already finished your “Game of Thrones” binge? Well, why don’t you check out the production of Lauren Gunderson’s play about two students studying Walt Whitman on Instagram. The Hampstead Theatre is broadcasting their production, starring “Game of Thrones'” Maisie Williams. Watch from March 23-29 on Hampstead Theatre’s IGTV @hampstead-theatre.

The Wind in the Willows
Recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017, this new musical is brought to live by creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes, with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drew (Mary Poppins). A hit show for all ages! More details here.

The Royal Court
For one month only from March 27th, The Royal Court in London will release David Ireland’s sold-out ‘Cyprus Avenue‘, which tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future. This film adaptation mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. Watch the trailer here! Details on where to watch this hit play to be announced on March 27th.

54 Below at Home
The famed cabaret in New York is putting up archival footage of some of its best shows on YouTube for free. Check out shows from Norbert Leo Butz, Julia Mattison, and more, and set a reminder for when the shows go live.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Looking to jazz up your quarantine routine? Check out Jazz at Lincoln Center to tune in for live performances from artists as well as educational seminars, masterclasses, and more. There is new content every day available here.

Showstopper Live!
Live from the Lyric Theatre in London, The Showstoppers create a completely improvised musical in an exciting and innovative new format: a writer has just one hour to create a hit show with the help of the audience! Each night the crowd provides the actors and musicians with titles, themes and ideas from which they perform an entirely made-up musical. Watch here!

Known for its catchy songs and cult following, the London production of Eugenius! is now available to stream live!

The Australian Ballet
Starting April 5, this landmark ballet company will be premiering a digital season all online, for free! Check out acclaimed productions on At Home with Ballet TV here. First up? Sleeping Beauty.