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
Rent – 25th Anniversary Gala
How do you measure 25 years? That’s how long it’s been since Rent first opened at New York Theatre Workshop. To celebrate this theatrical anniversary, Rent stars will perform in a fundraising gala event, and you’re invited! You’ll be “Over the Moon” at the line-up, including Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal, as well as Broadway stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Porter discussing how Rent impacted their lives. Rent lottery tickets are available exclusively on TodayTix, ahead of the Rent gala on March 2.
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.
Go down the rabbit hole with Alice and venture into a make-believe, immersive world. Meeting the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, it’ll be up to you to rescue Wonderland from doom and gloom. Just make sure you don’t annoy the Queen of Hearts, or it’s off with your head.
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.
Talkin’ to this Chick Sippin Magic Potion
What does it take to reignite that spark? The butterfly feeling in your stomach? How do you fall in love again? James Anthony Tyler’s new play sees mothers and daughters tackle relationships and resentments, presented by TheatreWorks Hartford. Available to February 26.
While streamed plays in the past year have been celebrating the ground breaking productions from previous decades, up and coming playwrights have been creating their latest works. In Double Features, audiences can watch two livestreamed plays in one, both accompanied by live music.
Green Glass Dreams follows a woman who chases her high-stakes dream, while Ceiling Beams and Carpeting sees a pair play Scrabble in space. They sound crazy, but they could become the next big thing, so don’t miss Double Features. Available to March 5.
In Search of the Sublime
You’re running by yourself, enjoying your time alone and only stopping to catch your breath. Suddenly, you’re joined by strangers. Moments ago, you were just a normal person. Now, you’re vital to something memorable. Combining theatre and spoken word, discover what it means to feel sheer joy in a time of sadness, using audience suggestions to create magic. Available to March 21.
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?
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.