'The Wiz Live', available until Sunday 14th JuneTwitter/lifehacker

Theatre hasn’t gone, it’s just in Quarantine! Here you can find a weekly round-up of fabulous theatre available online, from Cambridge and beyond, to quench your thirst for culture...

Stage Shows Always Available Online:

Amazon Video:

There is a plethora of filmed productions available to rent for a small cost on Amazon Prime Video, including Cats, Miss Saigon and even Fleabag!

Globe Player:

The Globe Theatre’s official website where you can purchase or rent all of their filmed productions from the last decade. They have also released 40 productions for free including Hamlet starring Michelle Terry, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and many more.

Digital Theatre

Netflix style streaming platform available for free through a Cambridge University Raven login. Lots of variety, from fringe shows to Frantic Assembly to West End Musicals such as Sheridan Smith’s Funny Girl.

BroadwayHD:

With a free trial followed by a $8.99 per month subscription you can have access to several filmed Broadway classics such as 42nd Street, An American in Paris and Kinky Boots.

Southwark Stayhouse:

The Southwark Playhouse in London has set up its own online streaming service! So far, they have uploaded 4 of their past shows (including the acclaimed Wasted) and they are available to watch at any time!

Gecko:

Gecko is a spellbinding internationally and critically acclaimed physical theatre company who have made their past shows available to watch on their YouTube channel!

BBC4 Culture in Quarantine - Shakespeare:

Several Shakespeare productions put on by the RSC, the Globe and the Royal Opera House have been broadcasted on BBC Four and are now available on iPlayer.

Don’t Miss: Shows From Cambridge Students This Week...

Available on CamFM or the ADC Youtube Channel

Monday 15th June 7pm, Impronauts: Clickfire

The Impronauts are back, and coming through your computers to deliver joy and laughter into your eyes and ears! Watch us live stream improvised games using your comments as prompts. Relish at the idea of controlling other people’s acting through your keyboard and router? This is your chance to shape our performance from the comfort of your own home!

Which of these famous characters will be going on a blind date? What happens when two people try and write postcards to two other people at the same time? What will the banker say to the chicken tamer, given they can’t use more than 3 words? We have no idea, otherwise it wouldn’t be improvised! So the only way you’ll find out is by joining us, see you online! (Only available on YouTube)

Tuesday 16th June 9pm, The Footlights Stand Up Showcase

The Footlights Stand-up Showcase brings you the freshest stand-up comedy from one of the oldest and most famous comedy groups in the UK - but this time it’s going digital! After a ‘decided success’ (Varsity) in 2019, it is sure to be an unmissable show that will have you bent double with laughter. Featuring recorded sets from graduating and post-grad students, the Cambridge Footlights are bringing your favourite student stand-ups straight to your screen! Don’t miss your chance to see the show from the group that launched many of the greatest names in comedy, including Peter Cook, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Sandi Toksvig, David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Sue Perkins and Richard Ayoade (Only available on YouTube)

Thursday 18th June 7pm, Murder on the Skype Call

Four friends have a Skype call. Nothing strange about that. Except... One of them seems to be dead. The classic murder mystery turned on its head, how to solve a murder when no one is actually there? Why exactly is it that the murderer must be one of them? Why does no one seem to care? How did the detective even get onto the call? Are there enough jam sandwiches? None of these questions will be adequately answered in this comedy of incompetence. Nothing is as it seems, no one is above suspicion, and no one can leave... probably. Listen to the mystery that would make Agatha Christie turn in her grave - for all the wrong reasons.

Murder on the Skype Call

Friday 19th June 7pm, Hell on Ice

This radio play tells the story of a crew’s perilous expedition to the North Pole. Onboard a vessel with limited supplies, they set out to traverse the mighty arctic ocean. But the ice is waiting, and it is not to be contended with. This production is inspired by Orson Welles’ original play performed by the Mercury Theatre on the Air. This will be a modernised version with new characterisations.

Friday 19th June 9pm, Love and Information

A kaleidoscopic play which asks those who watch it and those who stage it “how do we create meaning?” This digital production produced by Cambridge students in isolation of Love and Information will bring together 7 different companies and 7 different directors. Each has been responsible for one of the play’s acts to search for an answer. (Only available on YouTube)

Saturday 20th June 7pm, A Woman of No Importance

It’s 1927. In Lady Hunstaton’s decadent country estate a party is in full swing. There is sparkling jazz, jovial charlestons, frivolous chat and of course Wilde’s damning satire. Amidst this there is an uneasy air of superiority. Mrs Arbuthnot, a pious single mother, and Hester Worsely, a distant visitor, are sneered at for their sex and background. There are those, through blackmail or insult, who would like to keep them firmly at the bottom. But, this is a story of unity and triumph over these people who underestimate and disrespect them. Join us in the Golden Age of Radio for an hilarious broadcast of this brilliant comedy complete with original adverts for that all important ironized yeast, spirited dance-a-longs and the never ending hunt for John’s muffler.


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More Free Streamed Theatre Available This Week:

Until Sunday 14th June, 7pm: The Shows Must Go On: The Wiz Live!

As The Shows Must Go On moves on from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s works, the next installment of this weekly broadcast is The Wiz Live! “The Wiz Live!” brings the wonderful world of Oz to life like never before, featuring a star-studded cast of performers and the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil Theatrical. Whisked away from home by a tornado, young Dorothy finds herself transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets off on a quest to meet the powerful Wizard and find her way back home. Crossing paths with enchanting friends and wicked foes, Dorothy’s journey is a timeless tale about friendship, courage and learning to believe in oneself. Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Ne-Yo, and a host of other talented performers, “The Wiz Live!” invites viewers of all ages to ease on down the yellow brick road for a vibrant musical adventure unlike any other. Watch it here!

'Small Island' available from 18th JuneTwitter/timeouttheatre

Until 18th June, 7pm: National Theatre At Home: The Madness of King George III

The National Theatre is streaming Alan Bennett’s (critically acclaimed playwright of The History Boys) Nottingham Playhouse production of The Madness of King George III. This production stars Mark Gattiss (Sherlock) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey) as Bennett explores the fine line between a King and a man through both personal and political turmoil. Watch it here!

From 18th June, 7pm: National Theatre At Home: Small Island

Filmed live at the Olivier Theatre during its 2019 sold out run, the National Theatre’s production of Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the second World War to 1948. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK. Watch it here!

Our House to Your House - Royal Opera House

Over this week, the ROH productions available on their YouTube channel will be Il trittico (Opera) until the 19th of June, The Magic Flute (Opera) from the 19th of June and La Fille Mal Gardee (Ballet) until the 26th of June. Watch them here!

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