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.
Old Vic: In Camera
In an effort to bring their world-class productions to audiences at home, London’s Old Vic will be reviving their recent production of LUNGS, starring Claire Foy & Matt Smith, through a socially-distanced streamed production recorded live from the theatre, in an empty auditorium. Each performance of LUNGS will be available for up to 1,000 people to stream across multiple nights in June. Audiences will pay the cost of a normal priced ticket in the hope of supporting the historic theatre whilst its physical doors remain closed. Watch here.
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). This week, don’t miss the the Bridge Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones). Full details on productions are available here. So, sit back and enjoy world class theatre from your home for free!
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.
(Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital) is a six year long project exploring the live experience across platforms, conceived by Arts House in Melbourne, and Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney. A new artwork is featured every 2 weeks starting from the 22nd of June. Book now for free!
Kerrie and Dolly’s House Party
Kerrie and Dolly’s House Party has been a smash hit lately – and they’re live-streaming the whole thing! Join them at 7:30 pm AEST every Thursday for Melbourne’s favourite variety show – get the popcorn ready! Watch here.
The Show Must Go On!
Each weekend, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is fulfilling our theatre needs as he releases his work for free to watch on YouTube for 48 hours only! This Week, don’t miss the 2014 production of ‘Peter Pan LIVE’, starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Watch it here.
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!
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).
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!
The 2020 season at the iconic Canadian theater might be postponed, but you can stream several classics including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth” and more on the Stratford Festival website.
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!
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.
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. Watch the 2016 production of Cinderella NOW, filmed live at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
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!
Classic Stage Company
Although the downtown theater company’s much-anticipated production of “Assassins” has been delayed, members of the cast are going live on Classic Stage’s YouTube and Facebook page on Thursdays at 6PM.
The New Group
The Off-Broadway company launched a starry conversation series “Why We Do It” with actors like Bobby Cannavale, Edie Falco, and Cynthia Nixon. The conversations air on Wednesdays at 4PM EST on The New Group’s Facebook page, and all episodes are archived on YouTube.
The Fisher Center
The Fisher Center has launched UPSTREAMING, a new series which will release new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from their archives. These programs reflect the Fisher Center’s mission to engage artists and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. Check out their programming here.
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 Caveat 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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to “Dream Boston,” a future vision of our city that is somewhere between dream and reality.
Through 5-minute audio plays, Dream Boston asks local playwrights to imagine their favorite locations, landmarks, and friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and thrive in our city. These micro-plays take place at locations such as the MIT Great Dome on the 4th of July while the sounds of the “1812 Overture” float in the background, at the Boston Public Library where a librarian and library patron debate the ethics of reserving a book, and a not-so-perfect first date on the edge of the Boston Common.
Stay tuned for upcoming audio plays from playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Brenda Withers. A new play will be released each Thursday.
The Wind in the Willows
Recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017, this new musical is brought to life 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.
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.
The Road Theatre Company’s 11th Annual Summer Playwright Festival
The largest playwright’s festival in the U.S. is going Virtual! The festival features plays by William Mastrosimone (“The Woolgatherer”, “Extremities”), Sharr White (“The Snow Geese”, “The Other Place”) and many more, all streaming live on he Road Theatre’s Website, Facebook & YouTube from Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 16.
Each play reading will be followed by a moderated talkback with the playwright, director and cast. Closed captioning will be provided for both the readings and talkbacks.