Online Streaming Performance During COVID-19 Lockdown Season

Video animation by Niv Petel

Dear Readers

In this difficult time for both performers and theatre-lovers, many producers and theatres are making great performances from past seasons available online.

I wanted to bring together some of those links, so that you can find inspiration and entertainment at home.

I’ll be adding to this list as more links come to my attention, so please check back regularly. 

Sending you all my warmest wishes. Stay home, and stay safe!

Here are links to FREE streamed performances during COVID-19 lockdown:

Drama, Musicals, Opera, Ballet and Children’s Theatre

Drama

Australian Theatre Live will stream three performances for free through its Facebook page.  On April 10 & 11, the comedy The Dapto Chaser, by award-winning playwright Mary Rachel Brown, will be streamed.  Content begins streaming at 8pm AEDT*

BBC FILM – It’s True, It’s True, It’s True 
Cameri Theatre (Israel) – Hamlet (2005) המלט
Cameri Theatreסיפור משפחתי – מאת עדנה מזיא
Gesher Theatre (Israel) תיאטרון גשר
National Theatre – Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. U.K. time, the National Theatre will broadcast one of its shows live via YouTube;

Donmar Warehouse presents a Donmar Online Production starring Diana Quick, directed by Artistic Director Michael Longhurst

MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME   by Adam Brace 

At 7.30 pm 13 May 2020, and then available for 7 days.

Shakespeare’s Globe – Hamlet (2018)

The State Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan – Worlds in Collision by Iddo Netanyahu (in Russian with English subtitles).  A clash of minds between the world-famous Albert Einstein and the scientific heretic Immanuel Velikovsky.  This production was reviewed by Noa Goren

Opera

Royal Opera House (Royal Ballet)

Anastasia (until 28 May 2020)

Kenneth MacMillan created a one-act ballet Anastasia for Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1967. He was inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson, a woman who believed herself to be Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and the only survivor from the assassination of the Romanovs in 1918. Leaving the audience to decide the legitimacy of Anna’s claims, MacMillan created a haunting, expressionist work to Martinů’s Sixth Symphony, in which Anna is visited by confused nightmares of her life from the time of the massacre to her discovery in Berlin in 1920.

Arte – Opera Season
La Monnaie Brussels
Bayerische Staatsoper
Teatro Colon Buenos Aires

Deutschen Oper Berlin – Don Giovanni (1961 production)
Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin
Garsington Opera  Mozart’s Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
Opera De Paris
Dutch National Opera
Metropolitan opera  – nightly streaming
San Francisco Opera
Los Angeles Opera
Teatro dell’Opera Roma
La Fenice Opera House
La Scala
OperaVision  – performances include Cosi fan tutti April 10, and I due Foscari April 14 (heck link for times).
Opernhaus Zürich  (Check Opera House for a detailed programme)
Royal Opera House
Wiener Staatsoper

Musicals

*Andrew Lloyd Webber will begin streaming his musicals on YouTube for free. Performances go up at 7pm U.K. time and will be available for 48 hours.  On May 15, watch Cats.
*Pippin – the original cast including Ben Vereen, William Katt, Martha Raye, and Chita Rivera, free on-demand via TubiTV.

Children’s Theatre and opera

Three Rivers Children’s Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast JR 

Children’s Theatre Company: Alice in Wonderland (1982)

Chicago Children’s Theatre:

The Hundred Dresses,
“Lucille, Camille, Chenille” from Junie B. Jones the Musical  and more

Argentina – Teatro El Grito:

France – Comedy Francaise: Shows will appear on this homepage at scheduled times

Israel – Treasure Island (in Hebrew) אי המטמון

UK   –   The Wind in the Willows is streaming free on demand for UK patrons only.

Nitzan’s “Knick Knack Nook”RSC – edited version of King Lear intended for younger audiences:

Unicorn Theatre production – Girls Like That recommendation – age 13+

Deutsche Oper Berlin : 11.4.20-19.4.20 Die Schneekönigin

Bayerische Staatsoper München : Children’s program

Wiener Staatsoper : 26.4.20 Hänsel und Gretel (Availabe for 24h)

Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden : Children’s program (18.04.20)

Landestheater Linz : Märchen und kurze Erzählungen

The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, and a selection of Careers in Theatres videos and podcasts.

Royal Opera House

Deutsche Oper Berlin : 11.4.20-19.4.20 Die Schneekönigin

Bayerische Staatsoper München : Children’s program

Wiener Staatsoper : 26.4.20 Hänsel und Gretel (Availabe for 24h)

Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden : Children’s program (18.04.20)

Landestheater Linz : Märchen und kurze Erzählungen

 Peter and the Wolf

Ballet
The Bolshoi has the ballet Marcus Spada online in its entirety until April 6.
Additional content will include the 2019 adaptation of opera ‘Boris Godunov’, with Mikhail Kazakov, on Tuesday, April 7.  Each performance starts at 7 pm Moscow time (noon ET, 5 pm BST, 2 am AEST) and will remain on the theatre’s YouTube channel for 24 hours.
The Kremlin Ballet has the entirety of Swan Lake available on its YouTube channel.