The reason so many of us love theatre is for its energy, its exuberance, and all that jazz. The idea that the show must go on seems central to many of our lives right now, and still firmly applies to theatre.
Theatre season is by no means cancelled – it’s just found a temporary new home online. We’ve scoured the net to give you a round-up of the best virtual theatre to keep you singing, dancing and laughing through the Bank Holiday. Here are our top picks:
Soho Theatre On-Demand: Fleabag
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If you missed the long, winding, crack-of-dawn queues for the theatre production of Fleabag, now is the time to give yourself a cheeky pat on the back. Yes, you can now catch Hot Priest and Fleabag herself for as little as £4 through Soho Theatre On Demand. And all from the comfort of your living room – satisfying isn’t it? The best part is that a considerable chunk of the proceeds will go towards NHS staff and volunteers. Find out more here.
BBC Performance Live: LOVE
BBC Performance Live features some of the most exciting dramatic performances available today. Our top pick is LOVE, an engrossing drama detailing life behind closed doors for homeless families placed in temporary accommodation by their local authorities. Written and directed by Alexander Zeldin, the play is inspired by the time Zeldin spent with families across the UK who found themselves suddenly homeless. It is a tale of resilience, hope and ultimately, of love. We hope you love it as much as we did.
National Theatre at Home: Anthony & Cleopatra
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Gutted because you missed Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein last week? Fret no more, next up is Anthony & Cleopatra – starring the equally gorgeous Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. Airing for one week only, expect an intoxicating mix of lust, bitterness and delusion. Director Simon Godwin displays a keen ear for Shakespearean language, whilst bringing it effortlessly into the modern day. With 5 star reviews from the FT, the Times and the Observer, Anthony & Cleopatra is well worth a watch.
Globe On Screen: The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Now premiering on YouTube, The Two Noble Kinsmen treads the line between tragedy and comedy as if it’s a perfectly taut tightrope. It features classic Shakespearean tropes (a tyrant king, a tragic death), alongside a sprinkling of joy less typical for Shakespeare. Directed by Barrie Rutter, the production is brought to life with dance choreographed by Ewan Wardrop and eclectic music composed by folk musician Eliza Carthy. Go on, stream this delightful comedy from the comfort of your own home.
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