Recorded Performances & Live Streaming

ATYP on Demand

ATYP has made a selection of their shows available from live streaming. Better yet, it is free!

Real TV

Recorded productions of Children of the Black Skirt, Hoods and War Crimes. These can all be purchased to stream from Vimeo.

The Globe

The Globe is streaming a Shakespeare play for free every fortnight (and 34 foreign-language productions).

Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+ features over 300 films of theatre, from live productions, to BBC Studio productions, play readings, resources and more.

LIVR

This is a subscription service that enables you to catch up on theatre in 360-degree virtual reality. Pop your smartphone into the headset they send you and experience a range of shows including Apphia Campbell’s Fringe First award-winning show Woke, which interweaves the stories of Black Panther Assata Shakur and the 2014 Ferguson riots.

Henry V (The Barn Theatre)

An on-demand stream of The Barn Theatre’s production of Henry V. Originally presented at the Cirencester venue in May and June 2019, Hal Chambers’ production starred Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels.

The Beanfield

Breach Theatre, creators of the acclaimed show It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, due to be performed at the Barbican Centre later this month, has released its 2015 debut show, The Beanfield, a re-enactment of the 1985 “Battle of the Beanfield” on Vimeo. The music from the company’s recent show, Joan of Leeds, is also available to stream.

The Show Must Go Online

Weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare by a global cast, in the order they were believed to have been written. Created in less than a week in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. So far they have read such plays as Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew.  

Hampstead Theatre

Their production of I and You via Instagram starring Maisie Williams is available to view.

National Theatre Live

NT Live will be streaming past productions from their vast library of content every Thursday night. You can also access their online library by clicking here.

HOME

HOME in Manchester has commissioned Homecoming, inviting theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. All work will be made available on HOME’s website on a ‘pay-what-you-decide’ basis. It will be made accessible to the widest possible audience through captioning, audio description, and providing relaxed versions where appropriate.

HOME Associate Director Jude Christian said: “This project is a response to the immediate crisis facing artists, audiences and arts organisations. We want to provide artists with a platform to keep making the kind of brilliant, ground-breaking work that venues like HOME exist to programme, and to keep bringing our audiences the best of theatre and live art while our doors are closed.”

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

After more than 1,000 productions, the Showstoppers improv crew are some of the quickest wits in the biz. So it’s no surprise that when they were faced with a West End closure they live-streamed a performance. Watch their custom-made, never-to-be-repeated impro musical on Facebook.

Tim Crouch

A range of Tim Crouch’s work, including I, Malvolio and his I, Cinna, are available for free.

King Lear (The Royal Shakespeare Company)

This edited version of King Lear was created specifically for younger audiences and played in schools across England as well as at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, where this film was made.

Kanopy

Founded in 2007 by Australian entrepreneur Olivia Humphrey, Kanopy partners with universities and public libraries to provide free movie streaming. There are over 30 movie musicals currently available through the site, though no filmed live musicals. In addition to a wide range of cinema titles (including 400 titles from the Criterion Collection), there is plenty of theatre content, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, and productions from Stage Russia.

Living Room Concerts (BroadwayWorld)

Hosted by BroadwayWorld in response to the COVID-19 shutdown, Living Room Concerts feature Broadway actors performing songs from their living rooms. 

StageIt

Platform for artists to livestream concerts for a paying audience. During COVID-19 it is being used by performers like Shoshana Bean, Telly Leung, Alice Ripley, and Ann Harada! 

Branar

An Irish theatre for young audiences company is making a video of each of their shows available for 24 hours at a time:

Clown Funeral

Clown Funeral and associate artists of the New Diorama and Pegasus Theatre have made three shows available online for free. What’s on Stage describes them as ‘a whole wad of whimsy while you wait for the virus to subside’

Cookies

This play by Emily Jenkins, performed in 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, tackles cyber bullying.

Girls Like That

London’s Unicorn Theatre has a world-class reputation for theatre for young audiences. It’s online in full and offers a raw account of adolescent anxiety, slut-shaming and self-belief. In-your-face theatre that stays in your mind.

Viral Monologues

Twenty actors perform new monologues written just for them in this initiative. The performances were be shared online every 15 minutes on the 17 March and 24 March and there’s some top talent involved, including comedian David Cross, actors Rachel Dratch and Andre Royo, and writers David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Monique Moses.

A Modern Decameron

An online story festival. 27 March – 7 April 2020. 50+ tellers. 10 days of 10 stories. 100 messages of hope.

The Social Distancing Festival

This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.

On the Boards TV

Founded by Seattle theatre On the Boards, this online platform has captured over 60 “performance films” from around the world, just over half of which are available to stream. Until April 30, 2020, all streams are free with the code ARTATHOME20.

Gecko

An award-winning physical theatre company based in the UK that creates “visual, visceral, ambitious theatre”. Full productions, Q&A sessions, and behind-the scenes footage are available to stream on YouTube.