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Beforehand seen at Edinburgh fringe’s Zoo Southside in 2018, this award-winning bodily theatre present about demise and rebirth is choreographed by Dam Van Huynh and takes its title from the Vietnamese phrase for lovely. When the Guardian requested its multinational forged to describe the work in only one phrase they answered “resilience”, “human”, “introspective” and “alive”. One added that it’s “an eyeful” – in spite of everything, it’s carried out totally bare. Online on 26 May as a part of the Arts Institute Plymouth’s Making It season.

Footsteps pageant

Jermyn Road theatre is streaming its reopening pageant, full of greater than 40 reveals, together with monologues, two-handers, cabaret and poetry. Highlights embrace Ade Morris’s drama about aviator Amy Johnson, Lone Flyer, which obtained rave critiques at the Watermill, and a revival of Mr and Mrs No person, Keith Waterhouse’s spin on George and Weedon Grossmith’s diary of finicky clerk Mr Pooter. The season opens with Biyi Bandele’s award-winner Two Horsemen. Festival runs 17 May-1 August.

Sundown Boulevard

As Norma Desmond insists, the footage acquired small. However even streamed on a laptop computer, you received’t need to miss Leicester Curve’s live performance model of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, based mostly on Billy Wilder’s basic film. The story of a flat tyre, a light idol and a physique in the pool is instructed with a 16-piece orchestra and stars Ria Jones and Danny Mac. 10-15 May. Learn the full evaluation.

Advert Libido

Fran Bushe performing Advert Libido in 2018. {Photograph}: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

Round a 3rd of younger and middle-aged ladies undergo from a type of sexual dysfunction. Not everybody feels in a position to speak about it however Fran Bushe put her experiences centre-stage with Advert Libido, a solo comedy theatre present about the issues she had with need, orgasm and ache throughout intercourse. Bush has since written a brief Channel 4 comedy and a novel, My Damaged Vagina, and is taking the present again to Soho theatre in late summer season. However you too can stream it from 19 Might to 19 June through Oxford’s Old Fire Station.


Mel Giedroyc has a cameo as the CEO of a doubtful company on this interactive manufacturing a few charity on the brink of collapse that’s provided a questionable £1m donation. The viewers resolve whether or not to settle for or reject the provide. Written by Isla van Tricht and directed by Man Woolf, it’s a co-production by Southwark Playhouse and represent., a brand new theatre firm for expertise from a decrease socio-economic background. On Zoom till 15 Might. Learn the full evaluation.

Touching the Void

Bristol Outdated Vic brings again its nail-biting 2018 hit present based mostly on Joe Simpson’s 1988 mountaineering memoir, tailored by David Greig, directed by Tom Morris and that includes an awe-inspiring set design by Ti Inexperienced. It’s staged reside earlier than a theatre viewers, utilizing binaural expertise and a number of cameras, from 26-29 May. Learn the five-star evaluation.

Angus Yellowlees and Josh Williams in Touching the Void.
Angus Yellowlees and Josh Williams in Touching the Void. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

MTFestUK 2021

Get a primary glimpse of eight new musicals on this pageant, which simply might embrace the subsequent West Finish smash. There’s an adaptation of Todd Haynes’ melodrama Removed from Heaven, a grime musical set in 1641, an R&B story about Marie Antoinette, a Tony Blair rock opera, and the story of a snow leopard, an elephant and an orangutan who type a rock band to protest in opposition to the local weather disaster. After a two-week run on stage at London’s Turbine theatre, the festival goes online, 31 Might-4 July.


Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama about searching for love and the concern of being left behind is ready over the summer season holidays bridging Years 9 and 10 in a Nottingham secondary faculty. Stuffed with insights about youngsters’ initiations to maturity, it was a revelation at Aldeburgh’s HighTide pageant in 2019. Now filmed, it’s obtainable on demand from 1-29 June as a part of Nottingham Playhouse’s Spring Loaded season, which incorporates Nonetheless Life: Untold Tales from Nottingham Now, a group of brief movies that includes a brand new vignette by Alan Bennett; the dystopian audio drama Oh for F*ck’s Sake (I’m in Love With You) by Samson Hawkins; and First Contact, Nathaniel Worth’s play about soccer’s little one intercourse abuse scandal.

The Nice Gatsby

Bristol’s Wardrobe Ensemble and Wardrobe theatre have fun their tenth anniversary with a two-woman retelling of F Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age basic. Tamsin Hurtado Clarke and Jesse Meadows star in director Tom Brennan’s manufacturing, designed by Katie Sykes. You’ll have to combine your individual cocktails. Until 16 May as part of the North Wall’s Alchymy festival. Learn the full evaluation.

Sound Stage

What do you miss about theatre? If it’s not solely the performs but additionally the preshow buzz, interval chatter with pals and postshow discussions you then’re not alone. Sound Stage is a brand new digital initiative from Pitlochry Competition theatre and the Royal Lyceum in collaboration with Bare Productions. It goals to recreate parts of the social expertise of theatregoing, full with a digital bar the place guests can mingle. The opening season of audio performs brings collectively eight implausible writers: Mark Ravenhill, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams, John Byrne, Jaimini Jethwa, Lynda Radley, Gary McNair and Frances Poet.

Dwelling: Half One

In January, the Fee of Investigation into Mom and Child Houses revealed its long-awaited report on the “appalling” abuse at mom and child establishments run by each the state and the Catholic church in Eire. This devastating collection of dramatised readings, directed by Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, provides voice to these experiences, with testimonies – and extracts from the report – learn on stage by actors and a few of the survivors themselves. Available until 17 July. Learn extra.

Jess Kavanagh in Home: Part One, reading an extract from the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
Jess Kavanagh in Dwelling: Half One, studying an extract from the Last Report of the Fee of Investigation into Mom and Child Houses. {Photograph}: Ste Murray

BBC Lights Up

The BBC’s digital theatre pageant provides 18 newly recorded productions for TV, radio and online. The Royal Shakespeare Firm’s new model of The Winter’s Story is directed by Erica Whyman. Yasmin Joseph’s play J’Ouvert, a part of a forthcoming springtime West Finish season, is accessible and there’s additionally David Eire’s searing new play Sadie and a TV adaptation of Orpheus in the Document Store, a collaboration between Opera North and Leeds Playhouse written by rapper and playwright Testomony. Radio performs embrace The Meaning of Zong, the debut play written by Giles Terera. Further details.

Guildhall Faculty

The London drama faculty presents a collection of totally staged productions to watch for free online. Over summer season, there are reside streams of Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns (20, 24 and 25 Might) and Bola Agbaje’s Gone Too Far! (22, 26 and 27 Might).

Love in the Lockdown

Rachael Stirling and Alec Newman star in Clare Norburn’s pandemic romance, instructed in a collection of episodes on YouTube. Stirling performs a musician and Newman is forged as a playwright; in addition to embarking on a relationship their characters are collaborating on an adaptation of The Decameron. There’s music from soprano Norburn’s ensemble the Telling and a cameo from Jon Culshaw as Boris Johnson. Episodes launched on YouTube; obtainable till 31 Might. Learn the full evaluation.

One Hand Tied Behind Us

The Outdated Vic celebrates Worldwide Girls’s Day by rereleasing a choice of the monologues curated by Maxine Peake in 2018 to mark 100 years since the Illustration of the Individuals Act. The items are written by Peake, Ella Hickson, Equipment de Waal and Jeanette Winterson. There are additionally two new monologues: standup Kiri Pritchard-McLean’s Placing a Face On is about gaslighting and stars Susan Wokoma, whereas Regina Taylor’s Aisha (the black album) traces the historical past of black ladies’s political energy and is carried out by Jade Anouka.

Sheridan Smith in Musicals: The Greatest Show.
Sheridan Smith in Musicals: The Best Present. {Photograph}: Man Levy/BBC

Musicals: The Best Present

With dozens of stars and 1000’s of spotlights, Sheridan Smith hosts a celebration of musical theatre at the London Palladium. Smith performs Don’t Rain on My Parade from Humorous Lady, the queens of West Finish smash-hit Six carry out in the balcony and there are songs from Expensive Evan Hansen, Everyone’s Speaking About Jamie, Dreamgirls and extra, plus Nicole Scherzinger (in reasonably fabulous earrings) beams in from LA with a superb rendition of By no means Sufficient from The Best Showman. Out there all yr on BBC iPlayer.

The Macbeths

Director Dominic Hill and author Frances Poet slashed down Shakespeare’s tragedy to create a gripping two-hander thriller staged at the Residents theatre in Glasgow in 2017. Now it’s a 60-minute movie that unfolds in and round the murderous couple’s mattress. Charlene Boyd and Keith Fleming reprise their roles. From 3 June.

The Significance of Being Earnest

No matter would Woman Bracknell say? Oscar Wilde’s basic 1895 comedy of manners is uprooted from London and Hertfordshire to the modern-day north of England in what guarantees to be a riotous retake. Introduced by the Lawrence Batley theatre in Huddersfield and the Dukes in Lancaster, it has been tailored by Yasmeen Khan and directed by Mina Anwar. Until 14 May.

Barnes’ Individuals

He’s best recognized for The Ruling Class however a lot of Peter Barnes’s performs are overdue a revival; so right here’s a pretty proposition from Authentic Theatre Firm and Completely Regular Productions. It’s a set of 4 monologues Barnes wrote for Radio 3 in the 80s and consists of True Born Englishman, a few Buckingham Palace footman, which was by no means aired by the BBC and now will get its world premiere. Filmed on stage at the Theatre Royal Windsor, the monologues are carried out by Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. Streaming until 31 July. Learn the full evaluation.

The Merthyr Stigmatist

A 16-year-old lady in the Welsh valleys claims to have obtained the wounds of Christ in Lisa Parry’s new play, which is given a completely staged digital manufacturing in Cardiff’s Sherman studio theatre. A co-production with Theatre Uncut, directed by Emma Callander, Parry’s play was initially scheduled as a part of the Sherman’s autumn season final yr and was shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut political playwriting award. Available 27 May-12 June.

Crips With out Constraints: Half Two

Sharon D Clarke and Saida Ahmed in The Gift, part of Crips Without Constraints
Sharon D Clarke and Saida Ahmed in The Reward, a part of Crips With out Constraints

Graeae’s Crips With out Constraints was one among the best collection of lockdown shorts in 2020 and the firm is again with a new set of five videos by disabled writers and administrators. All of the movies are captioned and audio-described. On Thursdays, accompanying vodcasts are launched to discover the themes in that week’s play. The primary movie, How Do You Make a Cup of Tea? by Kellan Frankland, stars Harriet Walter and Mandy Colleran. In the vodcast, the actors Nadia Nadarajah and Sophie Stone focus on casting and authenticity in theatre. Later movies star Naomi Wirthner, Julie Graham and Sharon D Clarke. Out there till 23 Might. Learn the full evaluation.

Actually Need to Harm Me

Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria for his firm Flaming Theatre, this monologue charts how pop music and theatre preserve a younger homosexual teenager afloat as he experiences bullying and isolation in 80s Devon. It’s carried out by Ryan Worth at Theatre503 in London in 2018, filmed by My Reel Productions, earlier than the present went on an acclaimed UK tour.

Northern Ballet

Yorkshire’s high-flying ballet firm presents a pay-what-you-can digital season together with brief new premieres and the full model 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 totally remotely.

Nationwide Theatre at Dwelling

After the success of its weekly Thursday evening streams throughout lockdown, the NT has launched a catalogue of past hits online. You may both change into a subscriber, or pay per play. Titles embrace Tony Kushner’s two-part epic Angels in America; Antigone starring two time lords, Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker; and Behind the Lovely Forevers, based mostly on the ebook by Katherine Boo and starring Meera Syal. There are classics akin to Phèdre with Helen Mirren, Amadeus with Lucian Msamati, and the Donmar’s Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, in addition to new writing, together with Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes and Shahid Hadeem’s Dara. New performs are added to the assortment every month.

Uncle Vanya

Ian Rickson’s indelible manufacturing of Chekhov’s masterpiece, in a brand new model by Conor McPherson, was a West Finish sensation at the begin of 2020. After it closed early due to the pandemic, Rickson and producer Sonia Friedman reunited most of the forged for this progressive filmed model. Every efficiency rings true – from Toby Jones in the title position to Aimee Lou Wooden’s Sonya, Richard Armitage’s Astrov and the at all times glorious Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena. And Bruno Poet’s lighting and Rae Smith’s set design mix to spellbinding impact. On BBC iPlayer.


With the stage out of bounds, theatre-makers are devising ever extra inventive sonic experiments to be loved at house. Directed by Finn den Hertog and composed and sound-designed by Danny Krass, Earwig is billed as a collection of “audio drama podcasts” from the Tron in Glasgow. There are half a dozen of them, written by playwrights based mostly in Scotland, together with Stef Smith, Hannah Lavery and Jo Clifford. Designed to be listened to on headphones. Learn the full evaluation.


Richard Blackwood in Typical.
Richard Blackwood in Typical. {Photograph}: Franklyn Rodgers

In 2019, Richard Blackwood gave a compelling efficiency at the Edinburgh fringe and Soho theatre in a monologue retelling the story of British-Nigerian Christopher Alder, the adorned paratrooper from Hull who died whereas handcuffed on the flooring of a Humberside police station in 1998. Now, the acclaimed play by Ryan Calais Cameron has been was a movie directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour. It explores, says the playwright, “the negotiations that black folks want to make so as to do issues that appear easy to others”. Learn the five-star evaluation.

The Inquest

Fancy fixing against the law out of your couch? This piece of puzzle theatre invitations audiences to crack clues with strangers – or you may prepare a personal present to group up together with your friends. Viewers turned jurors are offered with a tangled net of proof from a chilly case and assisted by means of 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 Responsibility, continues to be obtainable online. Learn the full evaluation.

Myths and Adventures from Historical Greece

If home-schooling looks like opening a Pandora’s field, nicely, right here’s a enjoyable means to assist your youngsters interact with the Greek myths on the curriculum. Hannah Khalil has created new variations of the tales of Pandora, Persephone, King Midas and Theseus and the Minotaur. They’re meant for these aged three to eight however will enchantment to older viewers, too. Out there on YouTube from Waterman’s Arts Centre, they’re staged by the director Ian Nicholson and designer Sam Wilde, who brightened up lockdown with their pleasant puppet variations of the image books I Need My Hat Again 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 however was as a substitute tailored by Saheem Ali as a three-part audio play in a co-production with Woolly Mammoth theatre firm. Set throughout a getaway for a bunch of pals in upstate New York in 2017, it’s a knotty appraisal of an American second that, strikingly, already looks like a vanishing period.

What the Structure Means to Me

Heidi Schreck’s phenomenal Broadway present has obtained five-star critiques from Guardian critics on either side of the Atlantic. Now obtainable to stream from Amazon, it charts what the supreme regulation of the US has meant to generations of ladies, as Schreck recreates the debating competitions she took half in as an adolescent. Directed by Marielle Heller, it’s shatteringly humorous, deeply disturbing but imbued with optimism.

The Price of Residing

DV8’s The Cost of Living.
DV8’s The Price of Residing. {Photograph}: Channel 4

As a tribute to the acclaimed disabled dancer David Toole, who died in October, the bodily theatre firm DV8 have shared their multi-award-winning 2004 movie The Price of Residing online. Shot on location at a light seaside resort in Norfolk, it follows two avenue performers (Toole and Eddie Kay) in a portrait of friendship and prejudice, brimming with spellbinding pictures. Out there on DV8’s Media Portal for a small membership price. Unmissable.


They’ve acquired magic to do, only for you: the authentic 1980 Broadway manufacturing of the Tony award-winning musical, with catchy songs by Stephen Schwartz and some superb strikes by Bob Fosse, is accessible to stream on Amazon. Ben Vereen is the beguiling main participant of a troupe who might or might not lead the eponymous prince to self-immolation. It’s weird and incessantly irritating, however a captivating chapter of Broadway historical past. Get the backstage view in the collection Fosse/Verdon on BBC iPlayer.

The York Thriller Performs

This pandemic yr has seen a increase in gross sales for traditional fiction as we lastly get spherical to studying well-known “bucket checklist” novels. Why not do the identical for theatre – and why not begin with a few of the York Thriller Performs, which date again to the 1300s? 4 of the biblical dramas, together with the story of Adam and Eve, have been adapted for BBC radio, with a forged of neighborhood and skilled actors for York Theatre Royal’s Collective Acts mission.

An American in Paris

Feted at the Châtelet in Paris in 2014, Christopher Wheeldon’s resplendent staging of the Gershwins’ basic went on to conquer Broadway and the West Finish. It’s obtainable on a brand new streaming platform,, which additionally provides the musicals Kinky Boots and forty second Road, in addition to Michael Grandage’s Mark Rothko drama Crimson, starring Alfred Molina as the artist.

Erin Doherty in rehearsals for Crave.
Erin Doherty in rehearsals for Crave. {Photograph}: Marc Brenner


First staged in 1998, Sarah Kane’s troubling play explores love and hope in a world of violence and insanity. A movie of director Tinuke Craig’s 2019 live-streamed revival for Chichester Festival theatre shall be obtainable to watch online from 18-29 Might. On the first evening there’s a reside post-show discuss with members of the firm. Erin Doherty, who performs Princess Anne in Netflix’s The Crown, stars alongside Alfred Enoch, Wendy Kweh and Jonathan Slinger. Learn the full evaluation.

Little Wars

As fantasy dinner events go, it’s fairly the visitor checklist: Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Agatha Christie and Muriel Gardiner collect collectively in Steven Carl McCasland’s drama. This online model, made in collaboration with London’s Union theatre and supporting the charity Girls for Refugee Girls, assembled fairly the forged, too, together with Juliet Stevenson, Linda Bassett and Sarah Solemani. Learn the full evaluation. Until 16 May.

Consumer Not Discovered

Once we die, what turns into of our digital identification? Do all these tweets and posts endure for eternity – and who decides? The positioning-specific theatre firm Dante or Die requested such questions, and many extra, in a considerate and humorous 2018 present by Chris Goode that was staged in cafes. It has now been reimagined as a 50-minute video podcast, obtainable from the Guardian till 31 March 2022.

Flight Paths

This manufacturing by the theatre firm Extant celebrates the wealthy historical past of Goze, itinerant blind performers who historically travelled round Japan to deliver audiences an enormous choice of tales – accompanied by music performed on their shamisen stringed devices. Flight Paths fuses previous and new, bringing collectively archive materials about the Goze, animation and filmed fashionable efficiency, in an accessible hour-long digital expertise.

good canine

Arinzé Kene’s poetic 2017 play good canine posed unanswered questions on the UK’s summer season riots of 2011. Revived for a tour final yr, it has now been tailored as an outstanding 20-minute film, directed by Andrew Gillman and Natalie Ibu for Tiata Fahodzi. Anton Cross stars as a person wanting again on his youth, his neighbours and his neighborhood. The movie was commissioned by The Area and supported by the BBC and Arts Council England.

Charlotte Holmes: Journey Field

Lockdown restrictions and cancelled journey plans have narrowed horizons for little adventurers. So this “seven-day theatrical expertise” for households is each a delight and a reduction. Created by Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley theatre, the Dukes in Lancaster and theatre producers the Big Tiny, it’s a collection of mysteries encountered by Charlotte, a younger lady evacuated to Yorkshire throughout the second world struggle. You remedy the puzzles by watching jaunty online movies and opening up the envelopes and parcels inside an journey field despatched to you in the put up while you ebook. The Huge Tiny’s follow-up, Balthazar Snapdragon, is simply as enjoyable. Learn the full evaluation.


Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo in Hamilton.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo in Hamilton. {Photograph}: AP

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal, Pulitzer prize-winning musical about the “10-dollar founding father with no father” was filmed over three nights in New York in 2016 with the authentic Broadway forged. Slated for a 2021 cinema launch, it was as a substitute fast-tracked on to the Disney+ streaming service. It’s directed by Thomas Kail, who staged the musical, and in accordance to Miranda provides “everybody the best seat in the home”. Watch it as soon as and, to quote Jonathan Groff’s frothing King George III, You’ll Be Again. Learn the full, five-star evaluation.

As Waters Rise

Ben Weatherill’s play is ready in the yr 2025 when a flood has left Britain in a state of emergency. Initially deliberate for a stage manufacturing, it’s now a three-part audio drama directed by Alex Brown and that includes teenage actors from the Almeida Younger Firm, who recorded their elements in isolation throughout lockdown. Launched as a part of Shifting Tides, the Almeida’s digital festival about the local weather emergency, geared toward and created with 14- to 25-year-olds. Learn the full evaluation.

Tradition in Quarantine

The BBC’s Tradition in Quarantine programme on iPlayer consists of Jade Anouka and Grace Savage’s Her & Her; Crystal Pite and Jonathon Younger’s five-star present Revisor; Where I Go (When I Can’t Be Where I Am), about dwelling with continual ache, 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 firm’s Sugar, devised with ladies who’re homeless, on probation or in jail.

Revisor, choreographed by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young.
Revisor, choreographed by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Younger. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

First, Do No Hurt

Sharon D Clarke has portrayed an extended line of memorable characters however that is one thing else. In a brand new brief play by Bernardine Evaristo, directed by Adrian Lester, Clarke speaks for the Nationwide Well being Service and those that work for it, reflecting on the NHS’s previous and future. As she proudly says: “I’m one among the best issues that has ever occurred.” First, Do No Hurt is a part of a collection celebrating the NHS entitled The Greatest Wealth, curated for the Outdated Vic by Lolita Chakrabarti. The Old Vic can also be pioneering socially distanced reside performances and rehearsed readings in addition to archive recordings of previous productions.

9 Lives

Slam poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Yorkshire. The areas are mixed in her vivid 2016 monologue, during which Lladel Bryant performs Ishmael, a younger homosexual Zimbabwean who flees homophobic violence in his house nation and seeks asylum in the UK the place he’s dispersed to Leeds. Alex Chisholm’s hour-long manufacturing, available on YouTube, was recorded at the Arcola theatre in London.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Males

The all-male theatre firm, recognized for touring open-air Shakespeare productions round the UK, has postponed its Macbeth till subsequent yr however shared two previous productions on YouTube and on their web site: The Tempest, staged in 2018, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered final yr to mark the firm’s fifteenth birthday. They encourage you to recreate the spirit of their productions at house – “whether or not it’s on a picnic blanket in your front room or below the stars wrapped up heat” – and share the outcomes on social media.

Richard II

Fairly merely one among 2019’s most celebrated and momentous stagings of Shakespeare. Adjoa Andoh stars as Richard and co-directs, with Lynette Linton, an outstanding forged totally comprising ladies of color together with Shobna Gulati and Ayesha Dharker. An English historical past play vividly staged for as we speak in the Globe’s candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, excellent for a play stuffed with plotting. Out there on YouTube.


Directed by Jennifer Tang and Anthony Lau, this series of 10 short dramas by Moongate Productions and Omnibus theatre explores the pandemic of racism exacerbated by Covid-19 and enacted in opposition to Britain’s east and south-east Asian communities. With items by writers together with Oladipo Agboluaje, Nemo Martin and Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, it quantities to two hours of theatre on movie that includes animation, poetry, music and dance. Some catchup videos are available on YouTube. Learn the full evaluation.

Maxine Peake in Avalanche: A Love Story at the Barbican in 2019.
Maxine Peake in Avalanche: A Love Story at the Barbican in 2019. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian


Amazon’s audiobook service features a vary of drama, akin to Till the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith and a five-play assortment from 2019’s Edinburgh fringe that features Alan Harris’s NHS drama For All I Care. There’s additionally an opportunity to catch variations of memoirs you’ll have missed on stage, akin to Vanessa Redgrave performing Joan Didion’s The Yr of Magical Pondering and Maxine Peake’s model of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story.

Scenes for Survival

The National Theatre of Scotland was amongst the first theatres to announce a lockdown programme of labor responding to the pandemic. Its rising assortment of brief movies is designed to provide audiences “hope and pleasure”. There’s Brian Cox as Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh detective John Rebus, Two Doorways Down’s Jonathan Watson as a shipyard electrician affected by publicity to asbestos, and Kate Dickie as good as ever in a monologue by Jenni Fagan. The lineup of Scottish expertise is extraordinary – Tam Dean Burn, Rona Munro and Douglas Henshall all contribute – and don’t miss Janey Godley’s two-hander along with her lovable sausage canine. Learn the full evaluation.

Matthew Bourne’s The Crimson Footwear

One among the main dance productions minimize brief by the coronavirus disaster was Matthew Bourne’s tour of The Crimson Footwear, his rapturously obtained model of the Powell and Pressburger movie. However a recording of the luxurious stage efficiency made at Sadler’s Wells, starring Ashley Shaw in the position made well-known by Moira Shearer, is accessible on BBC iPlayer. Bourne’s firm New Adventures has additionally unveiled a charming 12-minute film version, carried out by the forged from house – amongst youngsters’s toys of their dwelling rooms, on tables, in gardens and backyards, and in the kitchen. The costumes embrace soccer kits and, in a single case, a few towels.

Ashley Shaw (Victoria Page) in The Red Shoes by Matthew Bourne at Sadler’s Wells.
Ashley Shaw (Victoria Web page) in The Crimson Footwear by Matthew Bourne at Sadler’s Wells. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Cross Over

Antoinette Nwandu’s blistering, Beckettian play about police brutality was filmed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre by Spike Lee for this 75-minute model, which crackles with humour, pressure and tragedy. Lee skilfully weaves the viewers, and the world exterior the theatre, into a piece that our critic Arifa Akbar provides 5 stars. Out there on Amazon Prime. Learn the full evaluation.


How’s this for a lineup? The forged consists of Katherine Parkinson, Paterson Joseph and Denise Gough. The writers embrace James Graham, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Prasanna Puwanarajah and April De Angelis. And Ned Bennett, Blanche McIntyre, Ola Ince and Tinuke Craig are amongst the administrators. Headlong and Century Movies have assembled a very proficient gang for his or her 14 brief movies about lockdown life. On BBC iPlayer. Learn the evaluation.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick in Romeo and Juliet in 2009.
Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick in Romeo and Juliet in 2009. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Itching to get again into that wood O on the South Financial institution? Fortunately, the Globe Player has heaps of full productions to lease, together with a 2009 Romeo and Juliet with Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick, in addition to worldwide productions from the 2012 Globe to Globe pageant akin to a Lithuanian Hamlet, a Turkish Antony and Cleopatra, a Japanese Coriolanus and an Armenian King John. There’s additionally the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s opening manufacturing, The Duchess of Malfi, starring Gemma Arterton.

Sea Wall

“She had us, each of us, completely around her finger …” From that first line, Andrew Scott can have you hooked on this half-hour monologue by Simon Stephens that captures truths about household life, artwork, nature and a lot else apart from. Scott carried out the play at the Bush in 2008 and it was a sizzling ticket when he reprised it at the Outdated Vic 10 years later. This model was shot in a single soak up 2011. Directed by Stephens and Andrew Porter, it’s obtainable online to buy. Brace your self.

I Want I Was a Mountain

With marvel, wit and refined storytelling, efficiency poet Toby Thompson creates a fantastic present for over-sevens. Thompson steps in and out of his model of Hermann Hesse’s fairytale Faldum, riffing with the younger viewers and spinning a handful of jazz LPs. I Want I Was a Mountain embraces large questions on time and contentment. This can be a brief however profound present, directed by Lee Lyford, hatched by the Egg theatre’s Incubator improvement programme and cleverly designed by Anisha Fields. Learn the full evaluation.

Lyric theatre in Belfast

Belfast’s Lyric had to cancel its co-production of 1984 with Bruiser Theatre Firm however as a substitute launched the initiative New Communicate: Re-imagined, during which Northern Irish abilities together with Amadan Ensemble, Dominic Montague and Katie Richardson reply to the lockdown disaster. They’re being launched in episodes on YouTube. The Lyric has additionally collaborated on a collection of five-minute drama commissions for the collection Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama, obtainable on BBC iPlayer.

Southwark Playhouse

The London theatre has launched a Southwark Stayhouse streaming programme, obtainable free till it reopens its doorways. Choices embrace the “fantastically witty” Wasted, a rock musical about the Brontës, directed by Adam Lenson with music by Christopher Ash and ebook and lyrics by Carl Miller. There’s additionally a Twelfth Night time relocated to a music pageant, directed by Anna Girvan, and Jesse Briton’s Certain, a few maritime tragedy.

English Nationwide Ballet

Tamara Rojo’s good firm has a steadily rising catalogue of productions, obtainable as particular person three-day leases. There’s Akram Khan’s breathtaking Mud, about the first world struggle; his model of Giselle with Rojo in the lead position; and classics akin to Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov starring in the swashbuckler Le Corsaire. Plus, a model of Swan Lake for younger audiences and a collection of 5 new brief works destined for the stage however obtainable to pattern on display screen first, from Russell Maliphant’s Echoes, directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, to Arielle Smith’s Jolly Folly. Rent from ENB.

Royal Shakespeare Firm

Mark Quartley (Ariel) and Simon Russell Beale (Prospero) in The Tempest.
Mark Quartley (Ariel) and Simon Russell Beale (Prospero) in The Tempest. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Our revels have quickly resulted in theatres however you may watch a groundbreaking effects-laden model 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 different gems in the choice of Royal Shakespeare Firm performs obtainable.


The celebrated Berlin theatre, run by Thomas Ostermeier, is streaming a choice of archive productions, many with English subtitles, and typically for one evening solely. It’s a uncommon alternative for UK audiences to see works directed by Luc Bondy and Ostermeier himself. This month’s lineup.

Alexander Ekman

5 works by the Swedish choreographer are on Marquee TV, together with a brand new work for the Royal Swedish Ballet, Eskapist, which acquired a five-star evaluation from Lyndsey Winship. On an enormous stage, “Ekman provides a bombardment of fantastical pictures, realised with the assist of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, who does a Mad Hatter’s couture social gathering of eccentrically structured silhouettes.” Ekman’s different works to lease embrace Swan Lake and Midsummer Night time’s Dream. Learn the full evaluation.

What the Butler Noticed

Joe Orton’s last farce, accomplished in the summer season of 1967 simply earlier than the playwright’s demise, 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 Tub. The forged consists of Dakota Blue Richards and Jasper Britton. Curve’s productions of Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual and The Importance of Being Earnest are additionally online.

The Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Corridor

Obsession! Haunting ballads! A shattered chandelier! And musical theatre’s most well-known masks … Take pleasure in one among the world’s most profitable reveals, offered at the Royal Albert Corridor in 2011, with Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine, to have fun its twenty fifth anniversary. The movie is accessible to rent on Amazon. It was additionally streamed as a part of The Shows Must Go On, a collection providing a unique Andrew Lloyd Webber musical every week.

The Swan

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new director Carlos Acosta has reworked The Dying Swan (initially choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova), and BRB principal dancer Céline Gittens performs the piece from her front room to yours. Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygne, from Le Carnaval des Animaux, is carried out by pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais. “This can be a dance of guarantees,” says Acosta.

Imitating the Canine

The groundbreaking theatre firm Imitating the Canine had been halfway by means of touring Night time of the Residing Useless – Remix when theatres shut down. Now, they’re streaming this bold present during which a forged of actors remake George Romero’s basic horror movie shot by shot in actual time. The corporate have additionally opened up their archive to stream a choice of creations from the final 20 years, available on a pay-what-you-like basis.

Now I’m High quality

Now I’m Fine.
Mesmerising … Now I’m High quality.

What higher time is there to watch a “grand-scale experimental pop opera about preserving it collectively”? Ahamefule J Oluo’s progressive present, staged at Seattle’s Moore theatre in 2014, mixes standup-style routines with a mesmerising musical accompaniment and explores his expertise of a uncommon autoimmune illness. It’s one among many movies, together with Americana Kamikaze, which are obtainable to lease or purchase from On the Boards. Learn the full evaluation.

5 Encounters on a Website Referred to as Craigslist

With the assist of a carrot, a sponge, the Miracles and some recreation viewers members, Sam goes to let you know about 5 hook-ups he had by means of the informal encounters part of online classified-ads board Craigslist. Filmed at the Push festival in Home, Manchester, YESYESNONO’s manufacturing is an open, affecting and troubling take a look at looking for intimacy and connection. This hour will go away you re-evaluating your individual life.

I, Cinna

The outbreak of home-schooling attributable to the coronavirus has discovered many people taking part in the position of instructor whereas nonetheless in our dressing robes. And right here’s one surprising tutor who actually instructions your consideration: Jude Owusu, clad in a grimy bathrobe, with a pen behind his ear and a notepad dangling round his neck. Owusu is Cinna, the poet from Julius Caesar, on this spellbinding film of Tim Crouch’s monologue. Learn the full evaluation.

Alonzo King Strains Ballet

A handful of productions by San Francisco-based choreographer Alonzo King and his marvellous firm Lines Ballet can be found to lease on Marquee TV. Mud and Gentle, Triangle of the Squinches and Scheherazade, all filmed in 2012, showcase the elegant nature of his work, which pushes past classical ballet. Learn the full evaluation.

Humorous Lady

Showtunes don’t get way more defiant or rousing than Don’t Rain on My Parade. Sheridan Smith wards off the clouds with a gritty rendition as Fanny Bryce on this manufacturing of the basic musical at Manchester’s Palace theatre in 2017. It’s one among the many productions obtainable to lease from Digital Theatre, whose choices additionally embrace The Crucible starring Richard Armitage at the Outdated Vic in London, and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet at the Royal Change in Manchester.

Fragments (Beckett by Brook)

Is there a extra becoming playwright for our present second of isolation, uncertainty and endurance than Beckett? On this manufacturing, filmed at the marvellously atmospheric Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 2015, Peter Brook directs 5 Beckett shorts with a forged of three (Jos Houben, Marcello Magni and Kathryn Hunter). The manufacturing includes Tough for Theatre I, Rockaby, Neither, Come and Go and Act With out Phrases II. Really feel the rising panic and despair in Rockaby as the solitary, wide-eyed Hunter recounts a descent by means of lengthy, lonely days.

Palermo Palermo

Palermo, Palermo.
Sicilian journey … Palermo Palermo. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Even by Pina Bausch’s requirements it’s an arresting opening: an enormous wall collapses on stage and throughout the rubble comes Julie Shanahan, in excessive 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 video games, mixing the quotidian with the phenomenal, all impressed by the choreographer’s journey to Sicily. A uncommon probability to watch one among Bausch’s creations in full and for free online.

Oscar Wilde season

All 4 productions in Classic Spring’s starry Oscar Wilde season in the West Finish will be watched on the online service Marquee TV, which is providing a 14-day free trial. Edward and Freddie Fox play father and son in An Best Husband; Eve Best is a memorable Mrs Arbuthnot in A Girl of No Significance; Kathy Burke directs Woman Windermere’s Fan; and Sophie Thompson is horrified by theatre’s most well-known purse in The Significance of Being Earnest.

Ghost Quartet

When you missed its run at Soho’s Boulevard theatre, right here’s an opportunity to savour Dave Malloy’s tune cycle, filmed in New York in 2015. Alternately rousing and craving, it is a beautiful hymn to barflies, treasured recollections and the joys of being a ghost, instructed with a splash of Edgar Allan Poe and Thelonious Monk. It’s a wonderful get-together of a present, as warming as the whiskey handed out to the viewers – however you’ll have to pour your individual.

Le Patin Libre

Assume dance on ice and you’d think about sequins and staggering TV celebrities, however the Canadian troupe, Le Patin Libre, has taken the artwork type into a brand new dimension. Of their double invoice, Vertical Influences, the skaters turned the rink right into a mesmerising stage slowly adorned by the patterns minimize by their blades. Watch the 20-minute short film Vertical on YouTube.

The Faculty for Wives

Journey restrictions needn’t forestall you from having fun with worldwide theatre online. Paris’s esteemed Odéon has launched its 2018 manufacturing of Molière’s satirical 1662 comedy of manners and cuckoldry. Claude Duparfait stars as the silly Arnolphe, and Stéphane Braunschweig directs. English subtitles obtainable, évidemment. Learn the full evaluation.

5 Troopers: The Physique Is the Frontline

5 Soldiers: The Body Is the Frontline by Rosie Kay.
5 Troopers: The Physique Is the Frontline by Rosie Kay. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Rosie Kay’s extraordinary 5 Soldiers: The Body Is the Frontline was staged in military drill halls round the UK, however, since its livestream continues to be obtainable online, you may watch it from the consolation of your individual couch. Performing in shut quarters to a rating that mixes punk and opera, Kay’s phenomenal firm deliver house the horror of fight and disarm audiences.

The Wind in the Willows

Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe teamed up to ship a merry new model of Kenneth Grahame’s basic, staged at the London Palladium in 2017, with Rufus Hound carrying 50 shades of inexperienced as Mr Toad. It’s obtainable to rent online, with the choice to donate to assist present monetary and emotional help to theatre employees.

Ladies Like That

London’s Unicorn theatre has a world-class fame for theatre for younger audiences and its manufacturing of Evan Placey’s Ladies Like That gripped the roomful of youngsters I watched it with in 2014. It’s online in full and provides a uncooked account of adolescent anxiousness, slut-shaming and self-belief. In-your-face theatre that stays in your thoughts.

John Leguizamo’s Latin Historical past for Morons

Self-isolation might imply that many people will use dwelling rooms to each train youngsters and watch theatre. A possibility to mix the two will be discovered courtesy of the super-charismatic John Leguizamo – an inspirational tutor if ever there was – whose one-man Broadway present, Latin Historical past for Morons, is on Netflix.


Apphia Campbell in Woke.
Apphia Campbell in Woke. {Photograph}: Murdo MacLeod/the Guardian

The subscription service LIVR allows you to make amends for theatre in 360-degree digital actuality. Pop your smartphone right into a headset they ship you and expertise a spread of reveals together with Apphia Campbell’s present Woke, which interweaves the tales of Black Panther Assata Shakur and the 2014 Ferguson riots. The award-winning Patricia Gets Ready, written by Martha Watson Allpress, can also be obtainable from LIVR.

Timpson: The Musical

Two households, each alike in dignity … nicely, form of. Our narrator, a speaking portrait, lays our scene in Victorian London, and this musical comedy imagines the founding of the standard shoe-repair chain as a union between two firms, the Montashoes and the Keypulets. Watch Gigglemug Theatre’s show on their website.

My Left Nut

That is dishonest because it’s a TV collection, however BBC Three’s superb comedy drama relies on one among the most uproarious and affecting fringe theatre reveals of latest years. It’s impressed by Michael Patrick’s personal teenage expertise of a medical situation that left his testicle “so large you could possibly play it like a bongo”. Wince.

Rosas Danst Rosas

Love dance? Want to train at house? Then join the queen of Belgian avant-garde performance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as she talks you thru how to carry out her 1983 basic, Rosas Danst Rosas. All you want is a chair, a little bit of legroom and sufficient area to swing your hair.

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