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
Even if you can’t visit the theater right now, there’s plenty of chances to see your favorite actors. There’s star-studded streams every night of the week, including concerts, live streams and brand new productions all finding their place online. Go searching and we can guarantee you’ll find career defining performances in the virtual space.
The Last Five Years
Nasia Thomas and Nicholas Edwards star in Jason Robert Brown’s emotional two-hander, where relationships are told in different chronologies. Filmed in an apartment, this site-specific production will only add to the intimate feels in The Last Five Years. Available to April 25.
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls
How can hair be part of our identity? For Black women, hair is a personal and political commodity, with individual styles serving a purpose that’s more than just fashion. Delve into the world of Black womanhood in Keli Goff’s world premiere, praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage as “funny, heartbreaking and ultimately healing.” Available March 25 – April 18.
92Y Concert Series
Spend a relaxing evening listening to classical music, thanks to 92nd Street Y. For their spring concert series, dozens of artists will take to the stage, performing everything from Beethoven to Brahms. Relive the thrill of listening to live music once more at all 11 concerts.
That Night at Gatsby
Wish you could celebrate like it’s the Roaring Twenties? Now you can, as you’re cordially invited to Jay Gatsby’s latest soiree. Interact with Daisy, Tom, Myrtle and Jordan before you eventually meet the lauded partygoer himself. No two parties will be the same, and it’s down to you how the night goes.
Writers & Readers
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the past year curled up with a book or ten. So, a literary/theatre streaming combo sounds pretty bliss. Author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett is joined by the likes of Michael Cerveris, Denis O’Hare and Deborah S. Craig will transport audiences through the magic of fiction to help you find your voice. Available March 31 – April 14.
Making his Broadway debut over six decades ago, go behind the scenes on John Cullum’s career. While on stage, he’s worked with the likes of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews on Golden Age musicals. But his career wasn’t always easy. Check out his star encounters in this biopic, available to stream until April 22.
The Sound Inside
Adam Rapp’s Broadway play The Sound Inside is now streaming to April 30. The two-hander play tells of Bella, a creative writing professor whose relationship with student Christopher Dunn becomes more involved outside of the classroom. Bella wants to ask Christopher potentially life-changing questions, but can she do it?
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.
Australian actors have been busy creating new musicals in lockdown, with a brand new show named Suddenly… suddenly appearing on our screens. A mother and daughter are pushed to breaking point, forced to confront their issues while riding on separate train carriages. Available from April 30.
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).
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. If you’re missing the Bard, you can watch a back catalogue of productions filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe.
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.