There’s still no news about when their venues will re-open, so the theatrical world is continuing to make high quality content available online. Below you’ll find shows, operas and ballets that were uploaded recently or will be available soon. We’ve included local and regional plays alongside the London-based ones. There’s also some audio dramas that you can listen to when you’re out of the house.

The Madness of George III & Small Island | National Theatre at Home

Until Thursday at 7pm, you can catch Mark Gatiss in Alan Bennett’s modern classic The Madness of George III. Then, it’s an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel Small Island. The story traces the entangled history of Jamaica and the UK after WWII.

Song of the Earth | English National Ballet | Wed 17 Jun | 7pm

The next English National Ballet Watch Party showcases this piece written by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and inspired by Gustav Mahler. Filmed at our own Palace Theatre, it features three central figures portraying the bittersweet realities of love, loss and mortality. Available for 48 hours from 7pm on Wednesday.

Puccini’s Il trittico | Royal Opera House | Until Fri 19 Jun

If you find full-length operas hard to digest, then why not try one (or more) from this trio of single act works? There’s a brooding story set on a barge on the Seine, a tale of religious redemption in Tuscany and a Florentine farce. Available until Friday.

Homemakers | HOME | Ongoing

This is not just one play but a full series of commissions that invite artists to create brand new works especially for locked down audiences. There will be live streams, pre-recorded monologues, socially-distanced dance pieces and all kinds of innovative performances. Tickets are ‘Pay what you can’.

Girls Like That | Synergy Theatre Project

A naked photo of Scarlett spreads between smart phones like wildfire. She is derided and it threatens the fragile unity of the girls she has grown up with. Why isn’t it the same for guys? Synergy Theatre works to reach prisoners, ex-offenders and at-risk young people.

Wise Children | The Old Vic | From Fri 19 Jun

The final novel by Angela Carter received this sumptuous stage treatment in 2018. It follows the fortunes of twin chorus girls and their bizarre theatrical family. A magical realist tale, there are homages to fairy stories and Shakespeare. Available from this Friday, for seven days.

Reasons To Be Cheerful | Graeae

This company puts deaf and disabled artists centre stage. A raucous musical, it features the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3.

Jigsy | Royal Court Liverpool

Comedian turned thespian Les Dennis stars in a one-man show about the Northern club comedy scene. Jigsy is a journeyman entertainer struggling for survival in a world that has left him far behind. He reviews his life, the ups and downs – mostly the latter.

Noir | Vertigo Productions

A Manchester-based troupe, Vertigo have adapted their critically acclaimed stage work into an audio drama. It’s 1950s New York and one woman wants out of her loveless marriage. She sets in motion a devious plan which will see a detective hot on her tail.

The Fairy's Kiss | Scottish Ballet | Until Tue 30 Jun

A boy cursed with a kiss is destined for immortality. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Ice Maiden, this one-act piece was composed by Stravinsky and choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. The show toured the country to great acclaim. Available until Tuesday 30 Jun.

Oldham Coliseum’s Mini-Podcasts

The theatre’s audio drama series continues apace with two new episodes. Off Out features three monologues about people in lockdown doing their allotted daily exercise. Pop and Crisps centres on a woman who meets her father for the first time in 20 years.

Mon 15 Jun - Sun 28 Jun
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 16 Jun 2020