The show must go on(line) part 4…
Bruce Willis did it with Die Hard, Tom Hanks was tempted back for Toy Story, Harrison Ford used a freezer (dubiously) for his… and we’re back with a fourth instalment.
Theatres and cinemas are beginning to reopen this month, but with limited programmes on offer, there are still some excellent productions around to watch online. #Staysafe everyone!
National Theatre At Home
Don’t miss out on seeing the last three titles that National Theatre Live is streaming on its YouTube channel!
Available from now until 9 July – Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry (adapted by Robert Nemiroff), in a never-before-seen archive recording.
Available from 9 July to 16 July – The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan, with Helen McCrory and Tom Burke.
Available from 16 July to 23 July – Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, is streaming from 16 July.
This one isn’t free, you’ll need Disney Plus, but it does mean you can be in the room where it happens! A filmed version of the original award-winning Broadway production created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, which tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Disney reportedly paid $75 million for the rights to the recording, outbidding Netflix and other studios, and had planned a cinema release, but the pandemic meant they have moved it to their streaming channel.
“★★★★★ The Broadway hit is now a breathtaking screen sensation … all the power of a live performance while simultaneously adding a filmic pizzazz including some breathtaking aerial shots … extraordinary direction … brims with understated brilliance.” – The Guardian
Disney Plus is £5.99/month, and rather naughtily, Disney has quietly done away with its seven day free trial (in anticipation of a certain musical sensation, it would seem). Hamilton drops on 3 July, so set your alarms! (The Mandalorian is pretty cool, too.)
Culture in Quarantine
The BBC has a string of Shakespearean delights available online. From Christopher Eccleston in Macbeth, to Iqbal Khan’s groundbreaking production of Othello. Particularly worth seeing out is The Tempest, in which Roger Allam brings a fresh perspective to troubled sorcerer Prospero, while Colin Morgan is magical as Ariel in this performance of Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece, recorded at The Globe in London in 2013 with renaissance costumes and staging.
One Elgiva member of staff says: “I have never really liked The Tempest – but this version from The Globe is a revelation. So clever and funny! (Don’t be put off by the first shipwreck scene.)”
The “Wooden O” is closed, but they have made their streamlined Macbeth (an hour-and-a-half) available on YouTube. Created especially for young people, this version of The Scottish Play was filmed from Shakespeare’s most famous stage, the Globe Theatre.
With some delightful audience participation, this version of Macbeth is “a gripping, full-scale 90 minute performance in the Globe Theatre. The perfect way to introduce young people to Shakespeare, these popular yearly productions are designed to break down walls to cultural access and empower teenagers to develop their creative curiosity. Expect fast-paced, dramatic, accessible performances and a show the whole family will enjoy.”
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Graeae Theatre Company’s hit show Reasons to be Cheerful is available to stream online until 3 August. Featuring the music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, the piece was filmed in 2017 as part of its national tour that year and includes songs such as “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, “Plaistow Patricia”, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”, “Sweet Gene Vincent” and “What A Waste”.
Reasons To Be Cheerful first toured in 2010 and in 2012 it was a one-off gig at the London Paralympics opening ceremony. Part gig, part play, the show is “boisterous, affirmative [and] singalong friendly”.