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North of Providence and Dolores

from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

A live-stream socially distanced production of two theatre pieces by playwright Edward Allan Baker, North of Providence and Dolores, directed by MA Drama Directing graduate, Victor Lirio.

North of Providence journeys through a painful crisis between brother and sister, uncovering old family wounds on the last day of their father’s life. 

Set in Rhode Island, Dolores is the story of two sisters drawn together by domestic violence which influences the lives of both characters far more than they admit to anyone, even themselves. 

Age Guidance 14+

Live stream on 7 and 8 August at 8pm

Each play is between 25-30 mins

A behind the scenes feature will begin 15 mins before the production

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

from Shakespeare’s Globe

From Shakespeare’s Globe in London, this was the final night of the Bollywood-infused Shakespeare comedy. It was the first production to be streamed live from the Bankside venue and is introduced by actress Meera Syal. 

Four runaway lovers find themselves smack bang in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies and, as if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play. Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humour and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong? 

Available to watch on iplayer.

Revisor

from Sadler’s Wells

A performance capture of Revisor, the critically acclaimed dance-theatre production created by award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite and playwright Jonathon Young, based on Nikolai Gogol’s play The Government Inspector. 

Young and Pite revise an archetypal comic plot to serve as the basis for a production that blends contemporary theatre and dance. Revisor explores conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body. 

Available to watch on iplayer.

MAE MARTIN: US

from Soho Theatre On demand

Adorable, charming, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Mae Martin comes of age in this internationally lauded hit show about identity, sexuality, biphobia and loneliness. Peering through the lens of her own fluid experience with love and sexuality, in Us, Mae Martin questions whether we actually need to label ourselves at all, and that perhaps those labels smother the nuances of who we are. This hilarious hour charmingly juxtaposes her liberal childhood milieu with her experiences in her contemporary life, telling the story of her plummeting through puberty and dropping out of high school along the way.

This show is available now for a donation of £4.

The Sleeping Beauty

from The Royal Opera House 

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s unique repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.

Available from 24 July to 6 August.

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. 
For everyone aged 5+

Available now

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.

NASHVILLE MEETS LONDON

from The Royal Albert Hall

A selection of some of the most exciting names in country music will deliver exclusive home sets as part of a Nashville Meets London takeover of the Royal Albert Home series.

Launched in August 2016 as a music festival, Nashville Meets London (NML) has developed into a global music brand, providing opportunities that support the spread of country and Americana music.

For this special online concert, they’ll be presenting Nashville’s most versatile band The Cadillac Three, American country music singer Michael Ray, Canadian singer-songwriter Tenille Townes, and Yorkshire-native, Twinnie.

Streaming from 7.30pm Sat 18 July.

Ravel Double Bill

from Glyndebourne

Laurent Pelly’s unique interpretation of Ravel’s two short operas is a true spectacle.
L’heure espagnole is a heat-soaked farce – youthful, sexy, ebullient – in which a lusty Spanish woman juggles lovers while her husband is preoccupied with clockwork mechanisms. Ravel evokes a Spanish flavour through his use of native dance forms including the jota, the habañera and the malagueña.
Part two, L’enfant et les sortilèges, is a touching morality tale in which fantastical fairy tale characters, animals, furniture and crockery all come to life to teach a small boy about kindness. The score features echoes of Gershwin as well as an eclectic blend of influences ranging from Bach and Monteverdi through Massenet, Wagner and Puccini.

Streaming from 5pm Sunday 28 July.

Dracula

from Northern Ballet

The legendary vampire’s insatiable thirst for blood knows no bounds. Until he encounters Mina. 

Bram Stoker’s gothic romance is brought to life on stage in this gripping ballet, performed by the exceptional dancers of Northern Ballet to music by Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Pärt and Daugherty. 

Choreographed by David Nixon OBE and recorded at Leeds Playhouse on Halloween, 2019

Available now.

The Extraordinary Escapades of Professor Challenger

from Don’t Go Into The Cellar 

You are all invited to attend this live broadcast, for one night only, The Extraordinary Escapades of Professor Challenger.
The performance will be free to view, simply by visiting our Facebook page. The show is free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to our Go Fund Me page at

Live on Sat 18 July at 8pm.

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)

EUGENIUS! The Musical

from The Other Palace

Nominated for 8 major awards including BEST MUSICAL 2018 at the Off West End Awards, Eugenius! is the most exciting new musical in years.
Meet Eugene, Janey and Feris as they reach for the stars and discover the superhero inside themselves. With a hilarious script and dynamite original songs that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks, this shot of musical adrenaline is like nothing you’ve heard before.
Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ homage to the great sounds and cinema of the 80s reaches across time and space to enchant you whatever your age. Eugenius! will conquer the Universe!

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.

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.

Cliff Richard

from the Royal Albert Hall

The legendary Cliff Richard will deliver an exclusive session of music and stories from his home in Barbados as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
Sir Cliff Richard is indisputably Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker – the ultimate pop star. In 60 years he has recorded almost 1,300 song titles, composed 100 songs, achieved 14 number one singles and 7 chart-topping albums.
Sir Cliff has performed at the Hall on well over 100 occasions since first appearing here in 1959, most recently playing in 2018 as part of his 60th anniversary tour. We’re delighted to receive his support during this troubling time for the venue and to present this exclusive lockdown session for his fans.

This show will be available from 4pm on Subday 21 June.

The Lou Sanders International Chat Show

Join Taskmaster winner and Live at the Apollo star Lou Sanders for a live, anything-can-happen online chat show featuring guests from across the globe.
Expect games, songs and invasive questions as Lou gets up close and personal with her special guests. Will any of them guess What’s In The Dish?

Tickets cost £7.71 and £2 from every ticket goes to Black Minds Matter UK.

This event is free for NHS staff. If you qualify for a free ticket please contact us to arrange: https://www.plosive.co.uk/contact

Live 8pm on 26 June.

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.

Faust

from The Royal Opera House 

Gounod’s Faust (1859) was one of the world’s most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains a core repertory work. The story, adapted by Gounod’s librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, is based on Part I of Goethe’s epic poem Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers during the 19th century and beyond.

Available from 17 July until 30 July.

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.

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.

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!
4 August – Mozart’s The Magic Flute
5 August – Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
6 August – Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
7 August – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
8 August – Wagner’s Parsifal
9 August – Handel’s Agrippina
10 August – Mozart’s Don Giovanni

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.

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.

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 £4.99.

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.


Timpson: The Musical

from Stockwell Playhouse

Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes. Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers? Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet, two young inventors bursting with ambition, strive to break free from their humdrum lives and follow their dreams all the way to the 50th annual ‘Invention Convention’! Sponsored by Timpson Ltd. themselves, this five star, award-winning new musical explaining the origins of everyone’s favourite high street cobblers is guaranteed hilarity for the whole family.

Available now.

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.

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.

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…