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The Best Theatre, Musicals, Opera and Shows Online

The Best Theatre Musicals Opera And Shows Online
By Michelle Sciarrotta

During the Covid-19 outbreak, live Theatre, Musicals and Opera and performance shows have been forced to reschedule and make the move online until venues can reopen. Following suit from the Universal YouTube channel “The Shows Must Go On!” which screened six Andrew Lloyd Webber productions throughout April and May, the success of online broadcasts to audiences on lockdown has proven to be a theme that’s here to stay. Here are some of the best Theatre, Musicals, Opera and stage shows available to you at home.

The Shows Must Go On!

The shows go live on YouTube every Friday at 7pm BST (2pm EDT, 4am AEST) and can be accessed on the channel for 48 hours afterwards. A new show is announced every week!

Tune into The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel here.

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House are streaming Opera and Ballet content online for free while they are closed under lockdown. They have a programme that is varied, and is being updated with new shows throughout the lockdown period. Content is across radio broadcast, video and television formats. While some shows are only live for one day, others are available for weeks.

See what they have on their schedule this week by clicking here.

The National Theatre

The National Theatre has launched its “At Home” platform and is also offering a free trial of the National Theatre Collection of 30 world-class productions. The company’s “At Home” show shares a new production each week online, and their current programme listings are:

The Deep Blue Sea | Streaming from 7pm on 9 July until 7pm on 16 July.

Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, played by Helen McCrory.

Amadeus | Streaming from 7pm Thursday 16 July until 23 July.

Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, directed by Michael Longhurst with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

All shows are available on the National Theatre YouTube channel and more information can be found on the National Theatre website.

The Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center has launched a new portal, and is commited to enable families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. They are streaming fresh content throughout the day, ranging from local groups to historic performances from The Metropolitan Opera. Their full programme in addition to their ‘on-demand’ service is packed with more content than is possible to appreciate.

Full information is available on The Lincoln Center At Home website.

Cirque du Soleil

If you’re looking for something delightfully different to watch at home, Cirque du Soleil have created a series of 60 minute specials which include a variety of fabulous, breathtaking shows. As well as a number of dedicated specials, Cirque du Soleil also have provided an abundance of themed videos for audiences at home on their YouTube channel.

You can check out further 60 minute specials #2, #3 and #4 and more on the Cirque du Soleil YouTube channel.

While the incredible content available from these companies is currently free, we are all aware that these are uncertain times for Theatres and venues. Links for audiences who wish to donate after watching can be found on the venues’ respective websites, along with their most relevant news and Covid-19 updates.

Also by Michelle Sciarrotta:

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