Bring the Theatre Home
There may be no one treading the boards in theatreland but that doesn’t mean you can’t get you dose of theatrics at home. We’ve rounded up the best performances to stream, download and discover to help bring the theatre to your front room.
Brush up on your knowledge of the creative arts with Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop’s podcast.
Recently reviewed as one of the by Official London Theatre, expect to feel transported to the shop floor as the team delves in to the adventures of art, theatre, storytelling and pantomime. Hosted by Pollock’s very own Simon Seddon, the podcast features several exciting guests including Olivier Award-winning theatre set and costume designer Christopher Oram (Disney’s Frozen The Musical, Power, Red), artist, doll photographer and Instagram sensation, Eileen Lam and artist and puppeteer Clive Hicks-Jenkins. From childhood memories and dreams to artistic journeys, these incredibly interesting podcasts cover everything you’d want to know.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is continuing its curated #OurHouseToYourHouse programme featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime.
The next works in their series of free weekly production broadcasts available on Facebook and YouTube every Friday at 7pm:
- Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet, 2019 – 10 July, 7pm BST
- Faust, The Royal Opera, 2019 – 17 July, 7pm BST
- The Sleeping Beauty, 2020 – 24 July, 7pm BST
Royal Opera House content continues to be available as part of their ongoing partnership with the BBC with The Royal Opera’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2016) on BBC Sounds. Men at the Barre – Inside The Royal Ballet, a new behind-the-scenes documentary by Director Richard Macer, is available on BBC iPlayer. Showcasing the athleticism and lyricism of dancers including Matthew Ball, Cesar Corrales, Steven McRae, Vadim Muntagirov, Marcelino Sambé and Edward Watson, the documentary offers a unique insight into the life of a dancer. Also available on BBC iPlayer, is Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words. This creative reimagining of Kenneth MacMillan’s seminal ballet features Royal Ballet dancers and is directed by multiple award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of BalletBoyz.
For details of all ROH broadcasts, creative activities and unique content, follow #OurHouseToYourHouse
Listen to the Shows
With so many amazing shows in the West End to see, now is the time to discover the music that made them iconic with the live cast recordings. From The Lion King to Waitress, learn every song by heart and recreate your own stage show at home thanks to these Olivier Award winning soundtracks.
The team at the Evening Standard has the top 21 cast recordings to listen to.
Official London Theatre
They say the show must go on and that is exactly the plan for Official London Theatre as they have been listing the ways for you to still get your theatre fix from home. From actor’s putting on shows to raise money for charity to Sadlers Wells Digital Stage there is something for everyone to experience.
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