Best Theatre & Dance to Watch Online

Best Theatre & Dance to Watch Online

TIO curated the following story from Carol Tambor who curated the link from The Guardian, an article titled: “Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online.”

“As the coronavirus causes venues to close their doors, an increase of live-streamed theatre is expected. Here are some of the shows online now or coming soon,” wrote The Guardian.

Also of note from Carol Tambor’s blog, “speaking of theatre,” titled “Theatre in the Time of Corona, 3/22: 

“If you haven’t  yet discovered the pleasure of radio plays, do try “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by A.L. Kennedy, starring the ever fabulous Bill Nighy, on BBC 15 Minute Drama.

(Interested in more from Tambor, a spot-on source for all things theatre, or if have something to add of interest, email

Breaking down stigma … Key Change by Open Clasp. Photograph: Keith Pattison, courtesy The Guardian.

Key Change

Open Clasp is a women’s theatre company aiming to “change the world, one play at a time”. Key Change, now available to stream online, is a fantastic introduction to their consistently impressive work with women who are on the margins of society; in this case, prisoners at HMP Low Newton, who devised the 2015 show with the theatre group over several months in order to break down stigma and enlighten audiences. It was filmed in partnership with The Space.

The Metamorphosis

The Royal Opera House may have shut its doors but it has opened up its archive for a series of free streams on its Facebook and YouTube channels. These include the Royal Ballet performing Peter and the Wolf and, on 17 April, The Metamorphosis, a surreal and very gloopy staging of Kafka’s novella, choreographed by Arthur Pita and created for dancer Edward Watson.

I and You

Self-isolation will offer many an opportunity to binge on boxsets. But if you’re wary of committing to Game of Thrones (watching every episode non-stop would amount to three days) then try this 85-minute play starring Arya Stark herself, Maisie Williams. It’s a two-hander, also featuring Zach Wyatt, appropriately exploring isolation and also hymning the wisdom of Walt Whitman. Written by the US playwright Lauren Gunderson, the production was filmed at Hampstead theatre in 2018. It’s available for a week from 23 March.

Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Activist and comedian Mark Thomas took the temperature of our healthcare system in his urgent 2018 solo show. You can download it until 26 March if you make a donation to the Trussell Trust, which provides emergency food and support to those in need. “You know the score,” says Thomas. “It’s always those with the least who need most help especially in times of crisis.”

Snow Mouse

You have to hunt to find full theatre productions for very young audiences online so here’s a little treat: to mark World Day of Theatre for Children on 20 March the lovely Egg in Bath has released their wintry 40-minute tale for the under-fours…

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