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Coriolanus

from The National Theatre

Tom Hiddleston plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too.
As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Streaming from 7pm Thursday 4 June until 11 June.

Messiah

from Bristol Old Vic At Home

The death of a messianic leader has left his bereaved community of followers struggling with conflict, doubt and the shaking of faith that this has awoken.Exploring the dramatic heart of Messiah, this acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production is a powerful dramatisation of Handel’s profound masterpiece. See and hear Messiah as Handel controversially intended – performed for the people in a theatre, rather than in a sacred space.

Available from 29 May for a week.

Bradley 4:18

from BalletBoyz

a co-production with Sadler’s Wells that fuses beautiful dance with original music in the company’s unique and unmistakable style, including collaborations from some of the world’s most inventive and thought-provoking choreographers and composers. 

Available 2 months.

This House

from The National Theatre

It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament.  The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.
During this era of chaos, when a staggering number of politicians die and age-old traditions are thrown aside, MPs find they must roll up their sleeves, and bend the rules, to navigate a way through the Mother of all Parliaments.

Streaming from 7pm Thursday 28 May until 4 June.

Glastonbury 2019 Highlights

from BBC/Glastonbury

Glastonbury have posted some performances from the BBC’s Glastonbury 2019 coverage on their YouTube channel (+ the full sets are on BBC iPlayer). Watch below, and look out for more news soon of our plans with the BBC for a celebration over Glastonbury weekend in June…

Wise Children

adapted by Emma Rice

A decadent, and often surreal, story of twins from a dysfunctional family who pursue a career performing as showgirls. Wise Children is an unapologetic celebration of the highs and lows that come from choosing to experience life to the full, come what may.
Filmed live at the York Theatre Royal in 2019 and now streaming on BBC iPlayer.

Available from 9 April for 2 months.

Kaiser Chiefs

from the Royal Albert Hall

Indie heroes Kaiser Chiefs will deliver an exclusive set as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
The Leeds band have had a string of anthemic hits such as Oh My God, I Predict A Riot, Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Never Miss A Beat and Hole In My Soul. The band have released seven original studio albums which includes their Mercury nominated debut, Employment , its number 1 follow up, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, chart-topping Education, Education, Education, and War and their most recent acclaimed album, Duck.

This show will be available from 8pm on Saturday 30 May.

Don Giovanni

from Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne Open House throws open our doors to everyone, everywhere: join us at 5.00pm each Sunday and enjoy world-class opera in your living room for free. This week brings you Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Don Giovanni lives a life of debauchery and pleasure, seducing and abandoning women wherever he goes, helped by his faithful servant Leporello. But when a seduction goes horribly wrong, he finally finds himself in a situation he can’t charm his way out of.

Streaming from 5pm Sunday 31 May until 5pm Sunday 7 June.

Mushy: Lyrically Speaking

from Rifco Theatre Company

Mushy, a young man with a debilitating stammer, finds himself at the centre of a television documentary. In a moment of inspiration from his teacher, Mr. Burton, he starts to find a rhythm in his voice through music. Social media erupts hailing it a miracle cure and both teacher and pupil become overnight celebrities.

But Mushy’s journey to find his voice has only just begun…

Available now.

Hussein Chalayan – Gravity Fatigue

from Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Hussein Chalayan is an internationally renowned fashion designer and visual artist whose work is known for innovative design, bold use of technology and elegant minimalism.
Chalayan’s first theatrical work combined the visual creativity of his artistic concepts with contemporary dance, realised in partnership with award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet, Yeast Culture’s Nick Hillel, sound illustrators Mode-F and lighting designer Natasha Chivers, the production takes its inspiration from themes of identity and displacement, and the disconnection experienced in public spaces at moments of transition.

Available from 29 May until 5 June.

Strictly Sherlock

from Don’t Go Into The Cellar

Join Jonathan Goodwin live as he plays the king of the detectives and brings to life three startling cases, “The Sussex Vampire”, “The Creeping Man” and “The Devil’s Foot!
This performance is free to see. However, we hope you will make a donation to our Go Fund Me campaign in lieu of buying a ticket!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/mx-publishing-live-theatre-performances

Streaming from 23 May for 30 days.

House of Dreams

from Ballet Black

The complete performance of our 2017 ballet, House of Dreams, choreographed by Michael Corder. Dancers: Sayaka Ichikawa, Damien Johnson, Marie Astrid Mence & Jacob Wye Composer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
1. Prélude, 1st movement of the Suite Bergamasque for Piano (1905)
2. Des pas sur la neige, Preludes for piano Book One: No. 6 (1910)
3. La fille aux cheveux de lin, Preludes for Piano Book 1: No. 8 (1910)
4. Passepied, 4th movement of the Suite Bergamasque for Piano (1905)

Fleabag

from Soho Theatre On demand

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. 

This show will be available from 7 April for a minimum donation of £4.

Bound

from Southwark Stayhouse

“Six actors, five chairs, one table and an ocean”, the play follows six trawlermen from Devon as they embark on one final voyage. The company that employs them has gone bust, but, desperate for money, the crew take a gamble that they will be the only fishing boat on the water, and will bring home the catch. They’re not, and as the weather turns, you know there is only one way this story can go.

Available from now.

What The Butler Saw

from Curve Theatre

Dr Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, is attempting to interview – and seduce – would-be secretary Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice is seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, and promises him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, closely followed by Sergeant Match who is in search of missing parts of Winston Churchill, chaos, cross-dressing and mistaken identity lead the charge.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

from Shakespeare’s Globe

The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. Drawing influences from British 1930s fashion, music and dance, the production will celebrate women, the power and beauty of nature, and with its witty mix of verbal and physical humour, it rejoices in a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom. The Windsor Locals appear courtesy of Soldiers’ Arts Academy, London Bubble and Clean Break.

Available to watch from 1 June until 14 June.

Scouting for Girls

from the Royal Albert Hall

Scouting for Girls will deliver an exclusive set as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
Scouting For Girls shot to fame in 2007 with their chart-topping eponymous debut album, which spawned the singles She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead, and last year celebrated the release of their fifth studio album, The Trouble with Boys.
The band headlined the Royal Albert Hall in 2013 and we are delighted to present this show as part of the Royal Albert Home series to bring their catchy indie pop melodies straight to your living room.

This show will be available from 8.15pm on Thursday 21 May.

Steve Hofstetter Comedy

Daily comedy at 5pm

Steve Hofstetter is  an American stand-up comedian with over 150 million views on YouTube and 500,000 subscribers. He posts and new a video every week day at 5pm.


Macbeth

from Shakespeare’s Globe

The original performance in the video took place at the Globe Theatre in late February / early March 2020.
For those watching who would benefit from learning resources to accompany this streaming, or just to support general learning of the play Macbeth, this website provides a range of engaging activities for classroom and home. There is also a separate audio-described version of the video available.

Available to watch until UK secondary schools reopen.

Perfect Sounds Podcast

by James Acaster’s

James Acaster tries to convince comedians that 2016 is the greatest year for music, ever. For James Acaster 2016 is the greatest year for music of all time. Following a breakup James sets out to rekindle his love for music by buying hundreds of new and niche releases from 2016.

New podcast released every Friday.

For An Instant

from The Northern Ballet

As part of the  Northern Ballet’s Pay as you feel Digital For an Instant, it doesn’t tell a story, but you’ll be moved and inspired as the dancers portray fleeting moments from life. Striking and heartfelt, this is poetry in motion.

Available to watch online until 7 June.

Tim Burgess

from The Royal Albert Hall

Tim Burgess will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
Tim has toured the world as frontman of The Charlatans, who have performed at the Hall twice, including an emotional tribute concert for their late drummer Jon Brookes in 2013. He releases his fifth solo album, I Love The New Sky, in May 2020 on Bella Union.
During lockdown Tim has been uniting music lovers with #TimsTwitterListeningParty, in which people all around the world listen to an album at the same time and share their experiences. He’s also been learning the guitar, and we’re delighted to share his new skills with you all as part of Royal Albert Home.

Streaming from 7.30pm Thursday 4 June.

Cyprus Avenue

from The Royal Court Theatre

The award-winning Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He is experiencing a psychotic episode and mistakes his five-week old granddaughter for Gerry Adams. Generations of sectarian trauma convince him that his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

Les Misérables

presented by Cameron Mackintosh

One of the world’s most popular musicals staged as a concert, featuring an all-star cast including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas and John Owen Jones.

Streaming from 20 April for a fee.

To a simple, rock ‘n’ roll … song

by Michael Clark

The triple bill pays homage to three of Clark’s greatest musical influences. Act 1 features commanding choreography, pulsating with a propulsive force to the punk rock of Patti Smith’s landmark album, Horses. Act 2 is a reflection on Erik Satie and his influence on Clark’s mentors past and present, the dance meticulous, minimalist and coolly refined. Act 3 is an iridescent tribute to David Bowie, intricate, sublime, the mood moving from elegiac to joyously rebellious.

Available for 2 months.

Zoom and Gloom

from Roustabout Theatre

A brand-new comedy for all the family to watch together!
When friends gather together for an online chat with the ever-grumpy Ben, they find that nothing they can say will cheer him up. Pinching an idea from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, they decide to dress up as figures from his past, present and future and teach him that, although we may be physically apart, we can still stay connected.
Written and directed by Toby Hulse, it is a heart-warming, daft, and very funny play, celebrating the wonderful creativity that so many have shown during lockdown, and the nonsense that comes with any attempt to communicate online. A comedy created for Zoom, performed live, and semi improvised (depending on the scale of technical difficulties!).
Expect blips, glitches, surprise cameos, and maybe even some other worldly interference!
For everyone aged 5+

Available to live stream for free on
Sat 13 June 11 – 12pm
Sun 14 June 4 – 5pm

Roustabout are pleased to be able to offer these live performances for free however, if you do feel you can offer a donation it will help them keep going through this difficult time. The recommended donation is £5.

Isolation Festival

Free weekly online festival

With established & unknown acts. The first festival was Sat 28 & Sun 29 March and continues each Sunday with each act plays live for 18 mins.

We have a few special shows as well coming up.

Available live from 12.50pm to 6pm every Sunday.

The Cellist

from The Royal Opera House 

A lyrical memoir of the momentous life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, from her discovery of the cello through her celebrity as one of the most extraordinary players of the instrument to her frustration and struggle with multiple sclerosis. Rich and poignant, joyous and tragic, The Cellist draws on the talents of The Royal Ballet’s Principals, Character Artists, Soloists and Corps to tell the moving story of the cellist’s life.

Available from 29 May.

The Wind in the Willows

from The West End

Based on the classic children’s story by Kenneth Grahame, the musical musical opened in June 2017, starred Rufus Hound as Toad, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Craig Mather as Mole, Neil McDermott as Chief Weisel, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger.

Available to stream for a fee of £2.99.

I Want my Hat Back

from The Little Angel Theatre

I Want My Hat Back is the first in a trilogy of books by Jon Klassen. The mischievous tale follows a bear who’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, if they have seen it. Ian Nicholson will be performing the show from home during lockdown, with set by Samuel Wilde and music by Jim Whitcher.

Available from 13 April.

I Wish I Was A Mountain

by Toby Thompson

I Wish I Was A Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale. Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? For ages 7+.

Available to stream now.

La traviata

from The Royal Opera House 

Richard Eyre’s stunning naturalistic production contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for Violetta with Alfredo and Giorgio Germont, culminating in the heart-breaking final act. Verdi’s sublime score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and hedonistic ‘Sempre libera’, Violetta and Germont’s poignant Act II encounter and Alfredo and Violetta’s ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which they dream of a happy future.

Available from 8 May until 8 June.

Nightly Opera Streams

from The Metropolitan Opera, NY

A different Opera is being streamed each night and is online for only 24 hours, but due to the time difference between the UK and New York they stream from midnight until 23.00 the next night!
2 June – Bellini’s I Puritani

3 June – Berg’s Lulu
4 June – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
5 June – Puccini’s Tosca
6 June – Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
7 June – Verdi’s Otello
8 June – Massenet’s Thaïs