How to Watch Theater Around the World from Your Home
Even though theaters around the world are closed, 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.
Productions to stream online now
Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus
Broadway stars and real life married couple Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus will appear in a virtual concert together on January 24. Block is perhaps best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Cher in The Cher Show. On screen, you can see Arcelus in House of Cards but his Broadway career includes A Time To Kill and Good Vibrations.
The original cast of Pulitzer Prize-nominated Gloria come together again for a benefit reading. Seen at the Vineyard Theatre, Branden Jacob-Jenkins comedy sees a competitive gaggle of editorial assistants working side by side at a Manhattan magazine. Dreaming of book deals, one workday changes their lives forevermore. Gloria is available from January 19 – 24.
Jessica Vosk and Seth Rudetsky
Best known for playing Elphaba in Wicked, Jessica Vosk is the definition of a Broadway triple threat. She’s stared in New York City ballets, as well as appearing in Fiddler on the Roof and Finding Neverland. Join Vosk in concert as part of the Seth Rudetsky series on January 24.
First performed at MCC Theater in 1987, Beirut‘s storyline is eerily similar to recent events. It follows a man quarantining in a small apartment after testing positive to a disease, with his girlfriend refusing to leave him alone. Marisa Tomei reprises her original performance from over three decades ago, joined by Oscar Isaac and Patrick Breen. After a 2020 reading, Beirut is back for four nights from January 28.
The Show Must Go On
Each week, theatre fans around the world have caught up on their favorite shows and more, thanks to this YouTube channel. As well as premiering a brand new show, there’s excerpts from previous streamed shows too. Spend hours going through all the videos and bask in the incredible performances.
The Space Between
Written, performed and edited during lockdown earlier this year, enjoy this 15-minute musical short. David Hunter and Caroline Kay star in their own musical creation, following a couple who communicate entirely through virtual means. Who knew spending time on Whatsapp and Zoom could be so productive?
The Mexican horror opera will be presented for Broadway lovers in January 2021, raising money for Broadway Cares. A star cast including Eden Espinosa, Bianca Marroquín and Javier Muñoz will take part in this Renaissance/Latinx blend.
Theatre festivals to stream online now
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.
Brace yourself for an exciting evening of live theater, as the Public Theater alumni come together. Throughout the live stream, witness visual installations, new songs and performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Audra McDonald.
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).
The 2020 season at the iconic Canadian theater might be postponed, but you can stream several classics including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth” and more.
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.
Theatre streaming services to watch now
“Two households, both alike in dignity” is just one of Shakespeare’s line recognised world over. Enjoy this 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet, recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s only a 90 minute show too, condensing one of Shakespeare’s greatest into an accessible hit for all.
National Theatre at Home
After global streams in 2020, the Royal National Theatre have created their own streaming service, with select National Theatre productions available to binge watch to your hearts content. Shows you can watch so far include “Mosquitoes”, “Yerma” and “War Horse.”
Are you in need of another streaming service? Digital Theatre allows all subscribers to access the very best of British theatre. So far, there’s filmed productions starring Maxine Peake, David Suchet and Sheridan Smith, as well as operatic concerts.
Over the years, streaming service BroadwayHD has added some fantastic titles to its list including smash-hit musicals such as “Jersey Boys”, “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” and the original film of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” Subscribe now and get a free 7 day trial!
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.