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by Erin (subscribe)
I travel as much as possible at home and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences
Published April 9th 2020
Watch world-class performances from home
Since the global lockdown due to Covid-19 has forced many into stay at home situations, theatres have begun to provide online content of performances not previously available. These streaming services exist to provide links to the arts in a stressful time and to fundraise to support artists and theatres under threat due to forced cancellations and closures.

Image courtesy of the Royal Opera House


The following is a compilation of sources ranging from Broadway musicals to comedic plays to new takes on opera. All of them are free, except for Broadway HD, which offers a free week and then payment by subscription choice. Click on the theatre name to go directly to the online service.

1. Teatro Massimo

Teatro Massimo is an Italian theatre based in Palermo. The online offerings are largely innovative takes on familiar operas, such as Barber of Seville. As of 9 April, they have started a new series titled: Artisti uniti in tempi di isolamento forzato or Artists united in times of forced isolation.

2. National Theatre London

The National Theatre is streaming free full-length plays on their YouTube channel (see link above) every Thursday. The plays premiere on Thursday at 7pm UK time and are available for one week. The series premiered with One Man, Two Guvnors. As of Thursday, 9 April, Jane Eyre is streaming and will be available until 16 April.

3. Broadway HD

Broadway HD existed before the great need for online content and thus has a large library of hundreds of selections. They offer a subscription service as well as a week-long free trial. Offerings include musicals, Shakespeare, family-friendly, foreign theatre, and documentaries.

4. Metropolitan Opera

The Met has opened up a treasure trove of wonderful weekly screenings alongside informational articles and 'learn more' guides. It is best to check out the link above or check out the weekly schedule.

5. Chichester Theatre Festival

The Chichester Theatre Festival will be streaming productions from its archive beginning with a 2018 production of Flowers for Mrs Harris, 1pm on April 9 until May 8.

6. Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals

A selection of musicals by the famous composer are streaming on a specially created YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On. A different show premieres on Fridays and is available for 48 hours.

7. Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is providing 60-minute specials from a selection of shows on a new site called Cirque Connect. A new special premieres each week, along with a library of past performances.

8. The Stage

The Stage.co.uk is providing rolling coverage of new content as it becomes available, which is updated on a daily basis. This is an excellent link to stay informed as new services are added to the list.

9. ClassicFM

The classical music channel is providing an updated list of the best live-streamed classical music concerts online in response to the coronavirus. They also provide their own library of articles and links to various genres.

10. Royal Opera House London

The Royal Opera House is streaming ballets and operas for free with no restrictions on watch time. See the schedule for currently available performances. Additional productions are available via their partnerships with Marquee TV and the BBC.
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A roundup of delights, thank you for making it so easy for us to find entertainment to suit all moods and tastes. Knowing how long things are available for is really useful too.
by Cressida Ryan (score: 2|119) 477 days ago
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