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:
- Anastasia, The Royal Ballet, 2016 – 15 May, 7pm BST
- Cendrillon, The Royal Opera, 2011 – 22 May, 7pm BST
- The Cellist, The Royal Ballet, 2020 – 29 May, 7pm BST
- Il trittico The Royal Opera, 2012 – 5 June, 7pm BST
- La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet, 2005 – 12 June, 7pm BST
- The Magic Flute, The Royal Opera, 2017 – 19 June, 7pm BST
The Royal Opera’s performances of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (2018) and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (2014) are currently available on BBC Sounds. Also available on BBC iPlayer is the film Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words, a creative reimagining of Kenneth MacMillan’s seminal ballet, produced and directed by multiple award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of BalletBoyz and featuring dancers of The Royal Ballet. 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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