The show must go on(line)…
Following Government advice The Elgiva is now closed; to keep you ticking over until we can welcome you back through our doors, we have rounded up some theatrical treats you can enjoy from home – so #staysafestayhome and soak up some incredible shows online…
Rock The Lockdown
A Facebook group dedicated to “spreading the love though the joy of live music from amazing artists performing your very own front room festival.” Jam-packed with all sorts of great music (including a certain Elgiva Senior Technician…) it’s a guaranteed spirits-lifter.
The Social Distancing Festival
A site showcasing some amazing talent from all over the world. Enjoy dance, art, poetry, theatre, music, opera… Enough curated content to make you love lockdown! (Well, almost…)
Lloyd Webber Musicals
Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals free online with his “The Shows Must Go On” series. It kicked off with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins and was followed by the 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, with Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles. Each show will be available for 48 hours from 7pm on a Friday (sometimes 24 hours due to rights restrictions), so keep an eye on Lloyd Webber’s YouTube channel to find out what’s coming next.
National Theatre AT HOME
This is fab! You can watch the best of British Theatre with the National Theatre At Home. Instead of streaming to cinemas, NTLive is releasing a beloved National Theatre Live production every Thursday at 7pm, free to watch on YouTube for seven days. There will also be bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks.
Over the coming weeks you can expect a variety of brilliant plays, including:
30 April Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
7 May Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Ok0nedo
RSC on the BBC
The BBC is programming for “Culture in Quarantine” and has announced it will broadcast six of the RSC’s recent productions on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer, including Christopher Ecclestone’s Macbeth and Battersea Arts Centre’s five-star Frankenstein. The BBC will also collaborate with The Space to present new filmed recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, Emma Rice’s Wise Children and BalletBoyz’s new piece Deluxe. The cherry on top is that Russell T Davies’s TV version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anthony Hopkins’s King Lear will be repeated.
The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is offering free broadcasts of its operas and ballets throughout April; stream world-class performances through its social media channels and YouTube channel as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse campaign. The jam-packed broadcast schedule showcases classics like The Metamorphosis and The Winter’s Tale, with Peter and the Wolf already available to watch.
The venue will release FORTY (yes, forty!) free titles over the next month, including six main-stage shows and 34 that were created as part of the venue’s epic “Globe to Globe” series of international performances. Coming your way are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Merry Wives of Windsor – each show presented for two weeks on a rolling cycle from 6 April.
The European Commission-supported OperaVision will be giving people FREE opportunities to watch top-tier performances filmed at the highest quality level, with new shows released weekly on top of a massive back catalogue, including Madame Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro and Alceste.
The Wind In The Willows
A West End production, available for nothing (though donations to theatre charities welcome). Spend an afternoon or evening in the company of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad. Starring Rufus Hound.
The Show Must Go Online
A neat idea – live readings of Shakespeare’s works provided by top acting talents who would otherwise be in isolation twiddling their thumbs. Kicking off with Two Gentlemen in Verona.
21 Chump Street
Lin-Manuel Miranda. 14 minutes or so of total joy. No need to say more.
Gresham College Lectures
A whole variety of lectures to keep your brain ticking over – there really is something for everyone here!