弥尔顿的圣经史诗是否逃脱了您锁定的经典阅读清单? 不要怕: 本杜克带着他著名的单人版回归, 与他的 Lost Dog 公司一起创建 由地方提出. 杜克现场演出 5 六月，又在 6 六月. 杜克的节目历久弥新——有趣, 深刻的, 鼓舞人心，沉浸在创作中的失落感, 提醒弥尔顿在写这首诗时正在为他的妻子哀悼.
如果您无法进入 Wooden O 以获取新的 夏季 然后不要害怕: 大多数节目正在直播. 狂欢节正在复兴 2019 仲夏夜之梦, 导演奥拉·因斯期待已久的罗密欧与朱丽叶, 和第十二夜与艺术总监米歇尔·特里 (Michelle Terry) 饰演中提琴. 这 环球播放器 还有大量过去的作品可供出租, 包括从国际选择 2012 环球音乐节，如立陶宛哈姆雷特, 日本科里奥兰纳斯和亚美尼亚国王约翰. 还有烛光山姆沃纳梅克剧场的开幕式, 马尔菲公爵夫人, 由杰玛·阿特顿（Gemma Arterton）主演.
你看过两部电视剧. 您已阅读脚本. 也许你甚至不止一次看过舞台表演. 但你可能仍在播放菲比·沃勒-布里奇 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) 大获成功的独白表演, 在伦敦温德姆剧院录制, 它在夏天售罄的地方 2019. Fleabag 可从 Amazon Prime 流式传输, 作为与国家剧院合作的一部分，其中包括其他三个 NT Live 最爱: 本尼迪克特康伯巴奇与哈姆雷特; 弗兰肯斯坦与康伯巴奇和强尼·李·米勒以及 伊恩·麦克莱恩80 岁生日个人秀. 所有可从 11 六月.
Rhiannon Faith 的舞蹈剧作品以大胆而令人惊讶的方式处理了棘手的主题: 她的边缘秀可怕的狗屎以其令人不安和令人欣慰的图像混合进入大脑. Faith 的新作品围绕着孤立和研究资金不足的沿海城镇所面临的挑战的自传性证词而构建, 呈现“处于临界点的社会”. 由包括非凡的雪莉·伊娃·哈登在内的六人表演. 可从 1-30 六月.
杰明街剧院正在播放重新开放的节日, 塞满了超过 40 表演, 包括独白, 两个人, 歌舞表演和诗歌. 亮点包括艾德莫里斯关于飞行员艾米约翰逊的戏剧, 孤独的传单, 哪一个 收到好评如潮 在水磨坊, 和无名先生和夫人的复兴, 基思·沃特豪斯 (Keith Waterhouse) 对乔治和威登·格罗斯史密斯 (George and Weedon Grossmith) 挑剔的文员普特先生的日记的看法. 本赛季以Biyi Bandele的获奖者二骑士拉开帷幕. 节日一直持续到 1 八月. 阅读评论 两个骑士.
利兹剧院（Leeds Playhouse）发行六首独白作品，庆祝其50岁生日, 每个都描绘了不同十年的约克郡生活, 从西蒙·阿米蒂奇 (Simon Armitage) 的 70 年代剧集，以对抗彼得·萨特克利夫 (Peter Sutcliffe) 造成的恐怖事件，到斯坦·欧文斯 (Stan Owens) 的现代作品，讲述了一名被封锁的护理人员. 与 Alice Nutter 的其他作品, 马克辛·皮克（Maxine Peake）, Leanna Benjamin 和 Kamal Kaan, 并由一流的导演上演, 这是一个不容错过的生日派对. 直到 5 六月.
最初设计为大流行之前的演出舞台表演, 这个项目来自 20 Stories High 受 Wellcome Collection 委托探索触摸对年轻人的重要性. 这个主题在我们保持社交距离的世界中引起了新的共鸣，该节目产生了五部自制短片, 由新兴的利物浦艺术家创作. 电影上映了 每周, 完整系列可在 10 六月.
皇家歌剧院在大流行期间创造了奇迹以开辟新的, 为家里的观众提供现场表演和过去的作品. 它目前的产品包括一个晚上 乔治·巴兰钦和杰罗姆·罗宾斯 (可从 11 6 月至 7 月 11 日) 以及它盛大的重开秀, 21世纪编舞家, 以克里斯托弗·威尔登 (Christopher Wheeldon) 的《黄金时段之内》为特色, 美国明星编舞家凯尔·亚伯拉罕 (Kyle Abraham) 的新二重唱和两场演出, 声明和独奏回声, 由加拿大舞蹈剧院巨星 Crystal Pite 创作. 21st-Century Choreographers 可提供至 27 六月. 阅读完整评论.
大约三分之一的中青年女性患有某种形式的性功能障碍. 不是每个人都觉得可以谈论它，但 Fran Bushe 将她的经历放在了 Ad Libido 的舞台中央, 一个关于她在欲望方面遇到的问题的个人喜剧戏剧表演, 性高潮和疼痛. 布什此后写了一个简短的频道 4 喜剧和小说, 我破碎的阴道, 并将在夏末将演出带回 Soho 剧院. 但您也可以流式传输直到 19 六月通过 牛津旧消防局.
在这个节日里第一次看到八部新的音乐剧, 这可能包括下一个西区粉碎. 改编自托德·海恩斯（Todd Haynes）的《远离天堂》的情节剧, 一套肮脏的音乐剧 1641, 一个R&B 关于玛丽·安托瓦内特的故事, 托尼布莱尔摇滚歌剧, 和雪豹的故事, 一只大象和一只猩猩组成摇滚乐队来抗议气候危机. 在伦敦涡轮剧院的舞台上演出两周后, 节日上线, 31 5 月至 7 月 4 日.
索菲·埃勒比 (Sophie Ellerby) 这部关于寻找爱情和害怕被抛在后面的缓慢燃烧的戏剧设定在暑假期间 9 和 10 在诺丁汉中学. 充满关于青少年开始成年的见解, 这是在奥尔德堡的 HighTide 音乐节上的一个启示 2019. 现在拍摄, 可根据需要从 1-29 六月作为诺丁汉剧院的一部分 春天满载的季节, 其中包括静物: 现在诺丁汉不为人知的故事, 艾伦·贝内特 (Alan Bennett) 的新短片集; 反乌托邦的音频剧哦，为了他妈的缘故 (我爱上你了) 通过参孙霍金斯; 和第一次接触, 纳撒尼尔·普莱斯（Nathaniel Price）关于足球儿童性虐待丑闻的表现.
你对剧院有什么想念? 如果不仅是戏剧，还有预演的嗡嗡声, 与朋友的间歇聊天和展后讨论那么你并不孤单. 声场 是 Pitlochry Festival 剧院和 Royal Lyceum 与 Naked Productions 合作的一项新数字计划. 它旨在重新创造戏剧社会体验的元素, 配有虚拟酒吧，游客可以在这里交流. 有声剧开季，八位奇幻作家齐聚一堂: 马克·雷文希尔, 汀布莱克·韦特贝克, 罗伊威廉姆斯, 约翰·伯恩, 杰米尼·杰思瓦, 琳达·拉德利, 加里麦克奈尔和弗朗西斯诗人.
BBC 的虚拟戏剧节提供 18 新录制的电视作品, 广播和网络. 皇家莎士比亚剧团新版《冬天的故事》由埃丽卡·怀曼执导. Yasmin Joseph 的戏剧 J'Ouvert, 即将到来的春季西区赛季的一部分, 可用，还有大卫爱尔兰的灼热新剧萨迪和唱片店中俄耳甫斯的电视改编, Opera North 和 Leeds Playhouse 之间的合作，由说唱歌手和剧作家遗嘱撰写. 广播剧包括 宗的意义, 吉尔斯·特雷拉 (Giles Terera) 的处女作. 更多详细信息.
老维克通过重新发布由 Maxine Peake 策划的精选独白来庆祝国际妇女节 2018 标记 100 自《人民代表法》颁布以来. 这些作品是由皮克写的, 埃拉·希克森, 基特·德瓦尔和珍妮特·温特森. 还有 两个新的独白: 站立的 Kiri Pritchard-McLean's Putting a Face On 是关于煤气灯和明星 Susan Wokoma, 而 Regina Taylor 的 Aisha (黑色专辑) 追溯黑人女性政治权力的历史，由杰德·阿努卡 (Jade Anouka) 演绎.
拥有数十颗星星和数千颗聚光灯, 谢里丹·史密斯 在伦敦 Palladium 举办音乐剧庆典. 史密斯在滑稽女孩的游行中表演不要下雨, 西区红极一时的六人组皇后乐队在阳台上表演，还有亲爱的埃文·汉森 (Dear Evan Hansen) 的歌曲, 每个人都在谈论杰米, 梦中情人等等, 加上妮可舒辛格 (在相当美妙的耳环中) 来自洛杉矶的精彩演绎《The Greatest Showman》中的 Never Enough. 全年可用 在 BBC iPlayer.
导演多米尼克·希尔和作家弗朗西斯·诗人削减了莎士比亚的悲剧，创造了一部在格拉斯哥市民剧院上演的扣人心弦的两人惊悚片 2017. Now it’s a 60-minute film that unfolds in and around the murderous couple’s bed. Charlene Boyd and Keith Fleming reprise their roles. 从 3 六月.
He is best known for The Ruling Class but many of Peter Barnes’s plays are overdue a revival; so here’s an attractive proposition from Original Theatre Company and Perfectly Normal Productions. It’s a set of four monologues Barnes wrote for Radio 3 in the 80s and includes True Born Englishman, about a Buckingham Palace footman, which was never aired by the BBC and now gets its world premiere. Filmed on stage at the Theatre Royal Windsor, the monologues are performed by Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. Streaming until 31 七月. 阅读完整评论.
A 16-year-old girl in the Welsh valleys claims to have received the wounds of Christ in Lisa Parry’s new play, which is given a fully staged digital production in Cardiff’s Sherman studio theatre. A co-production with Theatre Uncut, directed by Emma Callander, Parry’s play was originally scheduled as part of the Sherman’s autumn season last year and was shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut political playwriting award. 可用至 12 六月. 阅读完整评论.
Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria for his company Flaming Theatre, this monologue charts how pop music and theatre keep a young gay teenager afloat as he experiences bullying and isolation in 80s Devon. It’s performed by Ryan Price at Theatre503 in London in 2018, filmed by My Reel Productions, before the show went on an acclaimed UK tour.
Yorkshire’s high-flying ballet company presents a pay-what-you-can digital season including short new premieres and the full version of Cathy Marston’s acclaimed regal spectacular Victoria. Choreographer Kenneth Tindall and film-maker Dan Lowenstein collaborate on Northern Lights, which brings dancers to the streets of Leeds, and Tindall’s Have Your Cake takes inspiration from the nation baking banana bread in lockdown. Ballet Black’s Mthuthuzeli November presents What Used To, No Longer Is, choreographed and created entirely remotely.
After the success of its weekly Thursday night streams during lockdown, the NT launched a catalogue of past hits 在线的. You can either become a subscriber, or pay per play. Titles include The Deep Blue Sea starring the late Helen McCrory; Tony Kushner’s two-part epic Angels in America; Antigone starring two time lords, Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker; and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on the book by Katherine Boo and starring Meera Syal. There are classics such as Phèdre with Helen Mirren, Amadeus with Lucian Msamati, and the Donmar’s Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, as well as new writing, including Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes and Shahid Hadeem’s Dara. New plays are added to the collection each month.
Ian Rickson’s indelible production of Chekhov’s masterpiece, in a new version by Conor McPherson, was a West End sensation at the start of 2020. After it closed early due to the pandemic, Rickson and producer Sonia Friedman reunited most of the cast for this innovative filmed version. Each performance rings true – from Toby Jones in the title role to Aimee Lou Wood’s Sonya, Richard Armitage’s Astrov and the always excellent Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena. And Bruno Poet’s lighting and Rae Smith’s set design combine to spellbinding effect. On BBC iPlayer.
With the stage out of bounds, theatre-makers are devising ever more creative sonic experiments to be enjoyed at home. Directed by Finn den Hertog and composed and sound-designed by Danny Krass, Earwig is billed as a series of “audio drama podcasts” from the Tron in Glasgow. There are half a dozen of them, written by playwrights based in Scotland, including Stef Smith, Hannah Lavery and Jo Clifford. Designed to be listened to on headphones. 阅读完整评论.
在 2019, Richard Blackwood gave a compelling performance at the Edinburgh fringe and Soho theatre in a monologue retelling the story of British-Nigerian Christopher Alder, the decorated paratrooper from Hull who died while handcuffed on the floor of a Humberside police station in 1998. 现在, the acclaimed play by Ryan Calais Cameron has been turned into a film directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour. It explores, says the playwright, “the negotiations that black people need to make in order to do things that seem simple to others”. 阅读五星级评论.
Fancy solving a crime from your sofa? This piece of puzzle theatre invites audiences to crack clues with strangers – or you can arrange a private show to team up with your pals. Viewers turned jurors are presented with a tangled web of evidence from a cold case and assisted through their deliberations by the performers Joe Ball (as a coroner) and Tom Black (as a police archivist). It’s the second creation from Jury Games whose debut, Jury Duty, is still available online. 阅读完整评论.
If home-schooling feels like opening a Pandora’s box, 出色地, here’s a fun way to help your kids engage with the Greek myths on the curriculum. Hannah Khalil has created new versions of the tales of Pandora, Persephone, King Midas and Theseus and the Minotaur. They’re intended for those aged three to eight but will appeal to older viewers, 也. Available on YouTube from Waterman’s Arts Centre, they are staged by the director Ian Nicholson and designer Sam Wilde, who brightened up lockdown with their delightful puppet versions of the picture books I Want My Hat Back and Shh! We Have a Plan.
First staged at the Almeida in 2019, Shipwreck by Anne “Mr Burns” Washburn gave a sprawling account of modern-day American politics and the rise and potential fall of Trump. It was due to be staged at the Public theatre in New York in 2020 but was instead adapted by Saheem Ali as a three-part audio play in a co-production with Woolly Mammoth theatre company. Set during a getaway for a bunch of friends in upstate New York in 2017, it’s a knotty appraisal of an American moment that, strikingly, already feels like a vanishing era.
Heidi Schreck’s phenomenal Broadway show has received five-star reviews from Guardian critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Now available to stream from Amazon, it charts what the supreme law of the US has meant to generations of women, as Schreck recreates the debating competitions she took part in as a teenager. Directed by Marielle Heller, it’s shatteringly funny, deeply disturbing yet imbued with optimism.
As a tribute to the acclaimed disabled dancer David Toole, who died in October, the physical theatre company DV8 have shared their multi-award-winning 2004 film The Cost of Living 在线的. Shot on location at a faded seaside resort in Norfolk, it follows two street performers (Toole and Eddie Kay) in a portrait of friendship and prejudice, brimming with spellbinding images. Available on DV8’s Media Portal for a small membership fee. Unmissable.
They’ve got magic to do, just for you: the original 1980 Broadway production of the Tony award-winning musical, with catchy songs by Stephen Schwartz and some glorious moves by Bob Fosse, is available to stream on Amazon. Ben Vereen is the beguiling leading player of a troupe who may or may not lead the eponymous prince to self-immolation. It’s bizarre and frequently frustrating, but a fascinating chapter of Broadway history. Get the backstage view in the series Fosse/Verdon 在 BBC iPlayer.
This pandemic year has seen a boom in sales for classic fiction as we finally get round to reading famous “bucket list” novels. Why not do the same for theatre – and why not start with some of the York Mystery Plays, which date back to the 1300s? Four of the biblical dramas, including the story of Adam and Eve, have been adapted for BBC radio, with a cast of community and professional actors for York Theatre Royal’s Collective Acts project.
Feted at the Châtelet in Paris in 2014, Christopher Wheeldon’s resplendent staging of the Gershwins’ classic went on to conquer Broadway and the West End. It’s available on a new streaming platform, Stage2View.com, which also offers the musicals Kinky Boots and 42nd Street, as well as Michael Grandage’s Mark Rothko drama Red, starring Alfred Molina as the artist.
When we die, what becomes of our digital identity? Do all those tweets and posts endure for eternity – and who decides? The site-specific theatre company Dante or Die asked such questions, and many more, in a thoughtful and funny 2018 show by Chris Goode that was staged in cafes. It has now been reimagined as a 50-minute video podcast, 可从 the Guardian until 31 行进 2022.
This production by the theatre company Extant celebrates the rich history of Goze, itinerant blind performers who traditionally travelled around Japan to bring audiences a vast selection of stories – accompanied by music played on their shamisen stringed instruments. Flight Paths fuses old and new, bringing together archive material about the Goze, animation and filmed modern performance, in an accessible hour-long digital experience.
Arinzé Kene’s poetic 2017 play good dog posed unanswered questions about the UK’s summer riots of 2011. Revived for a tour last year, it has now been adapted as a superb 20-minute film, directed by Andrew Gillman and Natalie Ibu for Tiata Fahodzi. Anton Cross stars as a man looking back on his youth, his neighbours and his community. The film was commissioned by The Space and supported by the BBC and Arts Council England.
Lockdown restrictions and cancelled travel plans have narrowed horizons for little adventurers. So this “seven-day theatrical experience” for families is both a delight and a relief. Created by Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley theatre, the Dukes in Lancaster and theatre producers the Big Tiny, it’s a series of mysteries encountered by Charlotte, a young girl evacuated to Yorkshire during the second world war. You solve the puzzles by watching jaunty online videos and opening up the envelopes and parcels inside an adventure box sent to you in the post when you book. The Big Tiny’s follow-up, Balthazar Snapdragon, is just as fun. 阅读完整评论.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal, Pulitzer prize-winning musical about the “10-dollar founding father without a father” was filmed over three nights in New York in 2016 with the original Broadway cast. Slated for a 2021 cinema release, it was instead fast-tracked on to the Disney+ streaming service. It’s directed by Thomas Kail, who staged the musical, and according to Miranda gives “everyone the best seat in the house”. Watch it once and, to quote Jonathan Groff’s frothing King George III, You’ll Be Back. Read the full, five-star review.
Ben Weatherill’s play is set in the year 2025 when a flood has left Britain in a state of emergency. Originally planned for a stage production, it is now a three-part audio drama directed by Alex Brown and featuring teenage actors from the Almeida Young Company, who recorded their parts in isolation during lockdown. Released as part of Shifting Tides, the Almeida’s digital festival about the climate emergency, aimed at and created with 14- to 25-year-olds. 阅读完整评论.
The BBC’s Culture in Quarantine programme on iPlayer includes Jade Anouka and Grace Savage’s Her & Her; Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s five-star show Revisor; Where I Go (When I Can’t Be Where I Am), about living with chronic pain, conceived and directed by Rachel Bagshaw and written by Chris Thorpe; Corey Baker’s marvellous mini Swan Lake, performed in dancers’ baths; and Open Clasp theatre company’s Sugar, devised with women who are homeless, on probation or in prison.
Sharon D Clarke has portrayed a long line of memorable characters but this is something else. 在一个 new short play by Bernardine Evaristo, directed by Adrian Lester, Clarke speaks for the National Health Service and those who work for it, reflecting on the NHS’s past and future. As she proudly says: “I am one of the best things that has ever happened.” First, Do No Harm is part of a series celebrating the NHS entitled The Greatest Wealth, curated for the Old Vic by Lolita Chakrabarti. 这 Old Vic is also pioneering socially distanced live performances and rehearsed readings as well as archive recordings of past productions.
Slam poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Yorkshire. The locations are combined in her vivid 2016 monologue, in which Lladel Bryant plays Ishmael, a young gay Zimbabwean who flees homophobic violence in his home country and seeks asylum in the UK where he is dispersed to Leeds. Alex Chisholm’s hour-long production, available on YouTube, was recorded at the Arcola theatre in London.
The all-male theatre company, known for touring open-air Shakespeare productions around the UK, has postponed its Macbeth until next year but shared two past productions on YouTube and on their website: The Tempest, staged in 2018, 和 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented last year to mark the company’s 15th birthday. They encourage you to recreate the spirit of their productions at home – “whether it is on a picnic blanket in your living room or under the stars wrapped up warm” – and share the results on social media.
Quite simply one of 2019’s most celebrated and momentous stagings of Shakespeare. Adjoa Andoh stars as Richard and co-directs, with Lynette Linton, a superb cast entirely comprising women of colour including Shobna Gulati and Ayesha Dharker. An English history play vividly staged for today in the Globe’s candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, perfect for a play full of plotting. Available on YouTube.
Directed by Jennifer Tang and Anthony Lau, this series of 10 short dramas 经过 Moongate Productions 和 Omnibus theatre explores the pandemic of racism exacerbated by Covid-19 and enacted against Britain’s east and south-east Asian communities. With pieces by writers including Oladipo Agboluaje, Nemo Martin and Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, it amounts to two hours of theatre on film that incorporates animation, poetry, music and dance. Some catchup videos are available on YouTube. 阅读完整评论.
Amazon’s audiobook service includes a range of drama, such as Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith and a five-play collection from 2019’s Edinburgh fringe that includes Alan Harris’s NHS drama For All I Care. There’s also a chance to catch versions of memoirs you may have missed on stage, such as Vanessa Redgrave performing Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Maxine Peake’s version of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story. 加: Emma Thompson and Sinead Matthews play Edith Sitwell and Marilyn Monroe respectively in a new play, The Dame and the Showgirl, by Simon Berry.
这 National Theatre of Scotland was among the first theatres to announce a lockdown programme of work responding to the pandemic. Its growing collection of short films is designed to offer audiences “hope and joy”. There’s Brian Cox as Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh detective John Rebus, Two Doors Down’s Jonathan Watson as a shipyard electrician suffering from exposure to asbestos, and Kate Dickie as brilliant as ever in a monologue by Jenni Fagan. The lineup of Scottish talent is extraordinary – Tam Dean Burn, Rona Munro and Douglas Henshall all contribute – and don’t miss Janey Godley’s two-hander with her adorable sausage dog. 阅读完整评论.
One of the major dance productions cut short by the coronavirus crisis was Matthew Bourne’s tour of The Red Shoes, his rapturously received version of the Powell and Pressburger film. But a recording of the sumptuous stage performance made at Sadler’s Wells, starring Ashley Shaw in the role made famous by Moira Shearer, is available 在 BBC iPlayer. Bourne’s company New Adventures has also unveiled a charming 12-minute film version, performed by the cast from home – among children’s toys in their living rooms, on tables, in gardens and backyards, and in the kitchen. The costumes include football kits and, in one case, a couple of towels.
Antoinette Nwandu’s blistering, Beckettian play about police brutality was filmed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre by Spike Lee for this 75-minute version, which crackles with humour, tension and tragedy. Lee skilfully weaves the audience, and the world outside the theatre, into a work that our critic Arifa Akbar gives five stars. Available on Amazon Prime. 阅读完整评论.
How’s this for a lineup? The cast includes Katherine Parkinson, Paterson Joseph and Denise Gough. The writers include James Graham, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Prasanna Puwanarajah and April De Angelis. And Ned Bennett, Blanche McIntyre, Ola Ince and Tinuke Craig are among the directors. Headlong and Century Films have assembled an extraordinarily talented gang for their 14 short films about lockdown life. 在 BBC iPlayer. Read the review.
“She had us, both of us, absolutely round her finger …” From that first line, Andrew Scott will have you hooked in this half-hour monologue by Simon Stephens that captures truths about family life, art, nature and much else besides. Scott performed the play at the Bush in 2008 and it was a hot ticket when he reprised it at the Old Vic 10 多年后. This version was shot in a single take in 2011. Directed by Stephens and Andrew Porter, it is available online to buy. Brace yourself.
With wonder, wit and sophisticated storytelling, performance poet Toby Thompson creates a beautiful show for over-sevens. Thompson steps in and out of his version of Hermann Hesse’s fairytale Faldum, riffing with the young audience and spinning a handful of jazz LPs. I Wish I Was a Mountain embraces big questions about time and contentment. This is a short but profound show, directed by Lee Lyford, hatched by the Egg theatre’s Incubator development programme and cleverly designed by Anisha Fields. 阅读完整评论.
Belfast’s Lyric had to cancel its co-production of 1984 with Bruiser Theatre Company but instead launched the initiative New Speak: Re-imagined, in which Northern Irish talents including Amadan Ensemble, Dominic Montague and Katie Richardson respond to the lockdown crisis. They are being released in episodes on YouTube. The Lyric has also collaborated on a series of five-minute drama commissions for the series Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama, available 在 BBC iPlayer.
The London theatre has launched a Southwark Stayhouse streaming programme, available free until it reopens its doors. Offerings include the “fantastically witty” Wasted, a rock musical about the Brontës, directed by Adam Lenson with music by Christopher Ash and book and lyrics by Carl Miller. There’s also a Twelfth Night relocated to a music festival, directed by Anna Girvan, and Jesse Briton’s Bound, about a maritime tragedy.
Tamara Rojo’s brilliant company has a steadily growing catalogue of productions, available as individual three-day rentals. There’s Akram Khan’s breathtaking Dust, about the first world war; his version of Giselle with Rojo in the lead role; and classics such as Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov starring in the swashbuckler Le Corsaire. 加, a version of Swan Lake for young audiences and a series of five new short works destined for the stage but available to sample on screen first, from Russell Maliphant’s Echoes, directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, to Arielle Smith’s Jolly Folly. Rent from ENB.
Our revels have temporarily ended in theatres but you can watch a groundbreaking effects-laden version of The Tempest, with Simon Russell Beale as Prospero, with a subscription (or 14-day free trial) to the online service Marquee TV. Antony and Cleopatra with Josette Simon and Richard II with David Tennant are two of the other gems in the selection of Royal Shakespeare Company plays available.
The celebrated Berlin theatre, run by Thomas Ostermeier, is streaming a selection of archive productions, many with English subtitles, and often for one night only. It’s a rare opportunity for UK audiences to see works directed by Luc Bondy and Ostermeier himself. This month’s lineup.
Five works by the Swedish choreographer are on Marquee TV, including a new work for the Royal Swedish Ballet, Eskapist, which got a five-star review from Lyndsey Winship. On a vast stage, “Ekman offers a bombardment of fantastical images, realised with the help of Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov, who does a Mad Hatter’s couture party of eccentrically structured silhouettes.” Ekman’s other works to rent include Swan Lake and Midsummer Night’s Dream. 阅读完整评论.
Joe Orton’s final farce, completed in the summer of 1967 just before the playwright’s death, is a subversive satire about an irrational world, set in a psychiatrist’s consulting room. Rufus Hound dons the white coat as the philandering Dr Prentice in Nikolai Foster’s 2017 production for Leicester Curve and Theatre Royal Bath. The cast includes Dakota Blue Richards and Jasper Britton. Curve’s productions of Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual 和 The Importance of Being Earnest are also online.
Obsession! Haunting ballads! A shattered chandelier! And musical theatre’s most famous mask … Enjoy one of the world’s most successful shows, presented at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, with Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The film is available to rent on Amazon. It was also streamed as part of The Shows Must Go On, a series offering a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical each week.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new director Carlos Acosta has reworked The Dying Swan (originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova), and BRB principal dancer Céline Gittens performs the piece from her living room to yours. Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygne, from Le Carnaval des Animaux, is performed by pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais. “This is a dance of promises,” says Acosta.
The groundbreaking theatre company Imitating the Dog were midway through touring Night of the Living Dead – Remix when theatres shut down. 现在, they are streaming this ambitious show in which a cast of actors remake George Romero’s classic horror film shot by shot in real time. The company have also opened up their archive to stream a selection of creations from the last 20 年, available on a pay-what-you-like basis.
What better time is there to watch a “grand-scale experimental pop opera about keeping it together”? Ahamefule J Oluo’s innovative show, staged at Seattle’s Moore theatre in 2014, mixes standup-style routines with a mesmerising musical accompaniment and explores his experience of a rare autoimmune disease. It is one of many films, 包括 Americana Kamikaze, that are available to rent or buy from On the Boards. 阅读完整评论.
With the help of a carrot, a sponge, the Miracles and some game audience members, Sam is going to tell you about five hook-ups he had through the casual encounters section of online classified-ads board Craigslist. Filmed at the Push festival in Home, 曼彻斯特, YESYESNONO’s production is an open, affecting and troubling look at searching for intimacy and connection. This hour will leave you re-evaluating your own life.
The outbreak of home-schooling caused by the coronavirus has found many of us playing the role of teacher while still in our dressing gowns. And here’s one unexpected tutor who really commands your attention: Jude Owusu, clad in a dirty bathrobe, with a pen behind his ear and a notepad dangling around his neck. Owusu is Cinna, the poet from Julius Caesar, in this spellbinding film of Tim Crouch’s monologue. 阅读完整评论.
A handful of productions by San Francisco-based choreographer Alonzo King and his marvellous company Lines Ballet are available to rent on Marquee TV. Dust and Light, Triangle of the Squinches and Scheherazade, all filmed in 2012, showcase the elegant nature of his work, which pushes beyond classical ballet. 阅读完整评论.
Showtunes don’t get much more defiant or rousing than Don’t Rain on My Parade. Sheridan Smith wards off the clouds with a gritty rendition as Fanny Bryce in this production of the classic musical at Manchester’s Palace theatre in 2017. It’s one of the many productions available to rent from Digital Theatre, whose offerings also include The Crucible starring Richard Armitage at the Old Vic in London, and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
Is there a more fitting playwright for our current moment of isolation, uncertainty and endurance than Beckett? In this production, filmed at the marvellously atmospheric Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 2015, Peter Brook directs five Beckett shorts with a cast of three (Jos Houben, Marcello Magni and Kathryn Hunter). The production comprises Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby, Neither, Come and Go and Act Without Words II. Feel the rising panic and despair in Rockaby as the solitary, wide-eyed Hunter recounts a descent through long, lonely days.
Even by Pina Bausch’s standards it’s an arresting opening: a huge wall collapses on stage and across the rubble comes Julie Shanahan, in high heels and a floral frock. After desperately commanding hugs from two suitors, she takes a seat and is pelted with rotten tomatoes. And so begins an epic patchwork of masochistic rituals, nightmares and games, blending the quotidian with the phenomenal, all inspired by the choreographer’s trip to Sicily. A rare chance to watch one of Bausch’s creations in full and for free online.
All four productions in Classic Spring’s starry Oscar Wilde season in the West End can be watched on the online service Marquee TV, which is offering a 14-day free trial. Edward and Freddie Fox play father and son in An Ideal Husband; Eve Best is a memorable Mrs Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance; Kathy Burke directs Lady Windermere’s Fan; and Sophie Thompson is horrified by theatre’s most famous handbag in The Importance of Being Earnest.
If you missed its run at Soho’s Boulevard theatre, here’s a chance to savour Dave Malloy’s song cycle, filmed in New York in 2015. Alternately rousing and yearning, this is a gorgeous hymn to barflies, precious memories and the joys of being a ghost, told with a dash of Edgar Allan Poe and Thelonious Monk. It’s a glorious get-together of a show, as warming as the whiskey handed out to the audience – but you’ll have to pour your own.
Think dance on ice and you’d imagine sequins and staggering TV celebrities, but the Canadian troupe, Le Patin Libre, has taken the art form into a new dimension. In their double bill, Vertical Influences, the skaters turned the rink into a mesmerising stage slowly decorated by the patterns cut by their blades. Watch the 20-minute short film Vertical on YouTube.
Travel restrictions needn’t prevent you from enjoying international theatre online. Paris’s esteemed Odéon has released its 2018 production of Molière’s satirical 1662 comedy of manners and cuckoldry. Claude Duparfait stars as the foolish Arnolphe, and Stéphane Braunschweig directs. English subtitles available, évidemment. 阅读完整评论.
Rosie Kay’s extraordinary 5 Soldiers: The Body Is the Frontline was staged in army drill halls around the UK, but, since its livestream is still available online, you can watch it from the comfort of your own sofa. Performing in close quarters to a score that mixes punk and opera, Kay’s phenomenal company bring home the horror of combat and disarm audiences.
Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe teamed up to deliver a merry new version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic, staged at the London Palladium in 2017, with Rufus Hound wearing 50 shades of green as Mr Toad. It’s available to rent online, with the option to donate to help provide financial and emotional support to theatre workers.
London’s Unicorn theatre has a world-class reputation for theatre for young audiences and its production of Evan Placey’s Girls Like That gripped the roomful of teenagers I watched it with in 2014. 它的 online in full and offers a raw account of adolescent anxiety, slut-shaming and self-belief. In-your-face theatre that stays in your mind.
Self-isolation may mean that many of us will use living rooms to both teach children and watch theatre. An opportunity to combine the two can be found courtesy of the super-charismatic John Leguizamo – an inspirational tutor if ever there was – whose one-man Broadway show, Latin History for Morons, 是 on Netflix.
The subscription service LIVR enables you to catch up on theatre in 360-degree virtual reality. Pop your smartphone into a headset they send you and experience a range of shows including Apphia Campbell’s show Woke, which interweaves the stories of Black Panther Assata Shakur and the 2014 Ferguson riots. The award-winning Patricia Gets Ready, written by Martha Watson Allpress, is also available from LIVR.
Two households, both alike in dignity … well, sort of. Our narrator, a talking portrait, lays our scene in Victorian London, and this musical comedy imagines the founding of the popular shoe-repair chain as a union between two companies, the Montashoes and the Keypulets. Watch Gigglemug Theatre’s show on their website.
This is cheating as it’s a TV series, but BBC Three’s superb comedy drama is based on one of the most uproarious and affecting fringe theatre shows of recent years. It’s inspired by Michael Patrick’s own teenage experience of a medical condition that left his testicle “so big you could play it like a bongo”. Wince.
Love dance? Need to exercise at home? 然后 join the queen of Belgian avant-garde performance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as she talks you through how to perform her 1983 classic, Rosas Danst Rosas. All you need is a chair, a bit of legroom and enough space to swing your hair.