Theatre Streaming Globally
The stages are shut and we’re all stuck indoors, but there are plenty of options to bring the stage to your living room. From paid-for streaming platforms to free YouTube streams, there’s a huge amount of content to see. Explore our listing below to see what is happening and where you can access it.
Baxter Theatre Radio
In response to the impact of coronavirus and the nation-wide lockdown, the Baxter Theatre Centre has launched a brand new initiative called Baxter Radio, aimed at recording school setworks, children’s books, new South African works and classics. Baxter Radio is available free to #BaxterCoffeeAngels, who are theatre lovers who buy The Baxter a R30 “cup of coffee” every month. To become a Baxter Angel, go to the website below.
Artscape is working with experienced theatre-makers and producers to bring to life, new, classic, and entertaining productions during the world-wide pandemic. The much-loved Youth Classical Concert (2019), will be broadcast on Fine Music Radio on Youth Day, 16 June 2020. Radio dramas of new works from Artscape’s popular New Voices programme, will be scheduled for community radio stations. The Suidoosterfees, NaTi and The Jakes Gerwel Trust have collaborated with Artscape to bring a fresh, innovative drama to radio stations; and a radio version of the ever popular “Vlooi/Kipper” children’s theatre production will be re-imagined for your pleasure. The annual Youth Jazz and Youth Classical programmes will also take on a new format this year with the final concerts to be presented in a virtual format in October.
The South African State Theatre is proud to announce that from May until December 2020, it will temporarily replace the fourth wall with the computer screen by taking to various online platforms and stream its productions to satisfy the many theatre lovers’ appetite during the different COVID-19 lockdown levels. This is one of various plans and social economic relief measures being rolled out by the theatre during these trying times. The streaming will comprise of unforgettable past productions that were recorded live at State Theatre, and once the lockdown restrictions allow; will also look to add new productions to the schedule.
National Theatre at Home
During this unprecedented time which has seen the closure of theatres, cinemas and schools, the National Theatre today announces a new initiative: NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME providing access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube, From April 2, 2020 a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.
The Deep Blue Sea
9 July – 16 July
16 July – 23 July
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts as part of their #OurHousetoYourHouse series. Full-length productions, musical masterclasses and glimpses behind the scenes can be seen for free any time, anywhere across the globe. This will include the following broadcasts, available on demand, for free, via their Facebook and YouTube channels.
Tristan und Isolde
7 July–1 August
Live from Covent Garden
Romeo and Juliet
The Sleeping Beauty
24 July–6 August
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
The Globe has announced that six of its previous productions will be available to watch for free on its on-demand service Globe Player over the next few weeks. The six productions, Hamlet (2018), Romeo & Juliet (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019) will be streaming on a rotating basis, with each of them available for two weeks.
Available until UK secondary schools reopen
Stratford Festival at Home
The Stratford Festival Theatre is offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare performances over a four month period. The productions are a part of the festival’s “Stratford Festival On Film” series and this is the first time they will be available for free. Each of the films were shot during a single live performance in front of a full audience with additional shots performed and gathered immediately after the show. The service will begin on William Shakespeare’s birthday, Thursday April 23 with a performance of King Lear and shows will continue until July 30, 2020.
The Adventures of Pericles June 25 – July 16
Antony and Cleopatra July 2 – July 23
Romeo & Juliet July 9 – July 30
The Taming of the Shrew July 16 – Aug 6
Glyndebourne Open House
Glyndebourne Open House throws open our doors to everyone, everywhere: join them at 5.00pm each Sunday and enjoy world-class opera in your living room for free. In true Festival style, we hope you’ll use this as an opportunity to make memories – dust off your finery, clink a glass with friends and family and be united with opera lovers from across the globe. We can’t conjure the smell of the Glyndebourne roses or a view of the lake, but we can still create an experience to share.
Plug In Theatre
Plug In Theatre, established in 2018, is an interactive platform for South African theatre which includes news, reviews, exclusive behind- the-curtain views and ticket deals. In these unprecedented times, Plug In Theatre endeavours to continually create interactive content to unite and promote the eclectic South African theatre industry. You can stay up to date by following them on social media. Their website hosts a theatre directory and news section #thestageconnection.
&Scene is a live online streaming platform and performance space for the entertainment industry, created by members of the industry and for the audiences who love the live elements of entertainment. Simply put, for &Scene it’s all about Inspiring Community. The platform creates a sense of community between audiences and artists. Access is via their Facebook Live & YouTube Channels.
South African Theatre On Demand (SATOD)
South African Theatre On Demand (SATOD) is an internet-based video-on-demand service, supplying a catalogue of filmed theatrical experiences.
We seek to empower actors, writers, directors, crew and producers from across South Africa, and to deliver a diverse, paid for, virtual theatrical experience. Our aim is to provide as much control and transparency as possible to artists while upholding the quality of our content.
Virtual National Arts Festival
The Virtual National Arts Festival will be 11 days of a curated programme of online creativity – pre-recorded and live events, short films, virtual art exhibitions, jam sessions, interactive events, webinars and more – that spans the South African and international arts scene. There will also be a pay-per-view platform available, where you’ll be able to buy tickets to view works by a wide range of artists.
Access 11-days of Amazing – all daily programme shows, including Jazz. Shows will be available from the date they become available to 16 July 2020.