The Grinning Man
from Bristol Old Vic At Home
A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.
The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.
Available from 7pm 0n 26 June until 3 July.
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+
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.
from The National Theatre
An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.
Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya) directs the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun): a brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.
Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 2 July to 9 July.
Windrush: Movement of the People
from Phoenix Dance Theatre
Phoenix Dance Theatre performs Sharon Watson’s Windrush: Movement of the People, a contemporary dance work exploring the narrative of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK.
The work is a lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain and features an uplifting soundtrack, which draws on calypso, jazz, gospel and reggae, with original music created by Christella Litras.
Available until 21 July.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
from The National Theatre
‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream saw the Bridge Theatre, Lomdon, become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
Streaming from 7pm Thursday 25 June until 2 July.
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
from Shakespeare’s Globe
The original performance took place at the Globe Theatre, London, in summer 2013.
An enchanted forest charms a disenchanted court. In Athens a daughter’s disobedience forces two lovers to flee to the woods, pursued by the two lovers they rejected. In the woods, amateur actors rehearse a play, while the king of fairies plays tricks and captivates the night. A mischievous Puck with the magical juice of a flower helps love lose its way while the fairy queen falls for an ass; the king and queen of the fairies reconcile; the lovers find each other, return to court and marriage celebrations end in a theatrical dream.
Available to watch from 15 June until 28 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.
The Magic Flute
from The Royal Opera House
David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s glorious opera, transporting us to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzling starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
Available from 29 May.
from Bristol Old Vic At Home
Join us as we indulge in this fabulous recording of this most theatrical of productions, where Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Brief Encounter) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel. A big, bawdy tangle of joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect showgirls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.
Available from 7pm Fri 19 Jun until 26 June.
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.
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!
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…
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)
Ravel Double Bill
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.
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!
Streaming from 23 May for 30 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from The Royal Albert Hall
Violinist Nicola Benedetti will share stories and music straight from her home during lockdown as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
Nicola is among the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and was named Best Female Artist at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards. She has played the Hall on numerous occasions, including the 2012 Last Night of the Proms as well as two headline concerts. She is a long-standing supporter of the Hall’s Education & Outreach programme and has hosted a number of workshops for young musicians.
Streaming from 7.30pm Sat 4 July.
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
Live from Covent Garden
from The Royal Opera House
While our wonderful building is closed to the public, we are bringing you three very special performances streamed live from the Royal Opera House as part of our #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
Live from Covent Garden will celebrate ballet and opera in programmes of dance and music, curated by artistic directors of the Royal Opera House: Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, Director of Opera, and Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet.
Available from 27 June until 11 Julu.
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.
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.
Glastonbury 2019 Highlights
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…
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.
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.
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!
30 June – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
1 July – Wagner’s Die Walküre
2 July – Shostakovich’s The Nose
3 July – Bizet’s Carmen
4 July – Mozart’s Don Giovanni
5 July – Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
6 July – Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
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.
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.