With venues across the country closed, organisations such as the National Theatre, the RSC, and Shakespeare’s Globe are making some of their best-loved performances available to watch online, most of it for free.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPEN HOUSE: HAMLET
★★★★ – Telegraph. The next show in Glyndebourne’s Open House programme is Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s award-winning reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play, starring Allan Clayton and Barbara Hannigan Available FREE on YouTube from Sunday 16 August for seven days.
Glyndebourne Opera’s magnificent production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare is the next show in their online Glyndebourne Open House programme. William Christie conducts a cast led by Sarah Connolly as Cesare and Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra. Available FREE on YouTube from Sunday 9 August for seven days.
★★★★ – Guardian. The greatest general of his age, Othello is also an outsider whose victories have generated enemies. Iqbal Khan’s groundbreaking 2015 production stars Hugh Quarshie as Othello, Joanna Vanderham as Desdemona, and Lucian Msamati as Iago.
“★★★★ – Paapa Essiedu soars” – The Stage. Simon Godwin’s stirring 2016 interpretation of Shakespeare’s searing tragedy stars Paapa Essiedu (RSC King Lear, I May Destroy You) in the title role. Screening as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine season.
★★★★ – Guardian. The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, but her brothers are vehemently opposed. When they discover that the Duchess has secretly married and is now pregnant, they seek revenge. Gemma Arterton stars in the Globe’s critically acclaimed production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
★★★★★ – Telegraph. The National Theatre at Home programme came to a close on 23 July with Peter Shaffer’s iconic, multi-award-winning play starring Lucian Msamati (RSC’s Othello) as Salieri. Over the past 16 weeks, National Theatre at Home has made some of their best loved productions available online, and we look forward to bringing NT Live back to our cinema screens later in the year.
RSC: Much Ado About Nothing
★★★★★ – Telegraph. Set in 1918, Christopher Luscombe’s acclaimed RSC production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy comes to BBC iPlayer as part of the Culture in Quarantine programme.
“Loud, lively, electrifying and weird. Bowie would have liked it” – Evening Standard. Choreographer Michael Clark’s critically acclaimed 2017 show, staged at London’s Barbican, is a stunning dance triptych built around the music of Patti Smith, David Bowie and Erik Satie.
★★★★ – Evening Standard. The RSC’s 2018 production of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play”, featuring Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth is now available on BBC iPlayer as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine season.
The NT Live recording of Fleabag has been released for a limited time online to raise money for charities supporting workers on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic. Available to stream now on Soho Theatre’s on-demand platform – minimum donation £4.
★★★★★ – Observer. Director Emma Rice’s critically acclaimed production based on Angela Carter’s last novel premiered at London’s Old Vic in 2019, and was filmed live for cinemas at York Theatre Royal in 2019.