Can I watch a West End show at home?

Watching a West End show in the cinema or at home.

The National Theatre and companies such as Digital Theatre have been pioneering filming and screening of theatrical stage production over the last few years.  

Following the COVID-19 pandemic the theatre industry has responded to the closure of all UK theatres by releasing more content to view on-line.

The National Theatre will be streaming shows from their back catalogue of NT Live productions on a weekly basis as part of their National Theatre At Home series.  The first show to be broadcast via their YouTube channel will be One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden. Each production will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7.00pm GMT, it will then be available on demand for seven days.

The Royal Court Theatre in London will stream Cypress Avenue across their various social media platforms for free for 1 month from 27 March 2020. This hard hitting black comedy tells the story of one man who is struggling of the past and terrified of the future. This film version mixes live capture of performance from the Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. It was previously broadcast on BBC Four. 

Sadler’s Wells Theatre company has launched Facebook Premieres –  a series of full-length dance performances and workshop performances.  The free digital offering launches with an exclusive online screening of Deluxe by BalletBoyz at 7.30pm GMT on 27 March 2020. Upcoming shows in their Facebook Premieres series include a new version of  Wilkie Branson’s TOM, a dance for camera installation which would have formed part of the Digital Edition in April, and ballet LORENT’s spectacular family production, Rumpelstiltskin. 

London’s Hampstead Theatre has re-released Maisie Williams and Zach Wyatt led play I and You on Instagram. The play is available to anyone with an Instagram account until Sunday 29 March 10pm GMT.  To watch the full production follow @hampstead_theatre or @lalatellsastory (Lauren Gunderson).

Royal Derngate & Northampton have made available to stream a concept album for new digital musical #ZoologicalSociety – a new musical for grownups featuring West End stars Sharon D Clarke, Louise Dearman, Tyrone Huntley, Arthur Darvill, Jason Manford and Trevor Dion Nicholas. Visit the website to find out more or stream now on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and beyond.

The London Palladium production of The Wind In The Willows starring Rufus Hound and Simon Lipkin has been made available as a digital production via Producers of the show have suggested a small donation to support the charity Acting For Others.

Please remember that it is strictly prohibited to make your own recording of a show and the use of recording equipment or mobile phones during a performance is not allowed.

Date: 20 March 2020
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