Bringing showbiz to Lockdown 2.0

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With England’s second lockdown of the year well underway and no real signs of theatres being allowed to open any time soon, a number of productions have taken matters into their own hands.

Since the first lockdown, theatres have been turning to online streaming as a new way of working.

New guidance from the government suggests that theatre companies are permitted to gather in theatres for rehearsals and streaming purposes. So, it is no surprise that new streaming shows are being announced every day.

Here is a roundup of all the shows currently set to stream in lockdown 2.0.

Source – Tim Bechervaise

Emilia – Vaudeville Theatre, London – streaming from November 10th

Having originally played at Shakespeare’s Globe before a transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, Emilia is now due to begin streaming from November 10th. Operating with a ‘pay what you can’ system, streaming the play is hugely accessible and not one to miss.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

Rent – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – streaming from November 27th

The highly anticipated show, originally planned to begin performances at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester on November 4th, is now due to begin streaming from November 27th . With the original run sold out, the live streaming events are a perfect way to catch a fan favourite.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

The Last Five Years – Southwark Playhouse, London – streaming from November 26th

With the show playing at the Southwark Playhouse since October 1st and remaining performances cancelled due to lockdown, plans for a streamed version of the show were announced almost immediately. Another favourite among musical theatre fans, this is certainly one to catch before it is too late.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

A Christmas Carol – The Old Vic, London – streaming from December 12th

Though we should *hopefully* be out of lockdown by December 12th , The Old Vic have announced their plans to make Dickens’ famous Christmas tale available to view at home over the festive period.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

[Title Of Show] – London Coliseum – streaming from November 12th – 14th

Starring some of the West End’s best, the London Coliseum will be streaming [Title Of Show] for three nights starting on November 12th . With the Coliseum calling it a “unique musical adventure”, this musical about writing a musical and its star cast are sure to bring a performance to remember.

Tickets and more information available here.

Crave – Chichester Festival Theatre – streaming until November 7th

A unique play starring Alfred Enoch, exploring the meaning of love and “pulsing with loss and
longing” was due to play at the Chichester Festival Theatre’s Spiegeltent this autumn. Originally planned to play both in person and stream online simultaneously, the production is now entirely online from now until Saturday.

Tickets and more information available here.

What a Carve Up! – streaming until November 29th

A murder mystery with a twist. With each member of the cast filming their own sections in isolation, this production is being put together in a ‘Netflix crime documentary’ style. This unique take on a theatre performance is one to catch if you fancy something a bit different.

Tickets and more information available here.

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Other streams to watch out for:

Southwark Playhouse – New musicals from their studio space

Known for its up and coming productions, the Southwark Playhouse have announced plans to
stream a number of new musicals from their studio space over lockdown. Productions include The Poltergeist, The Fabulist Fox Sister, Public Domain, and Stay Awake, Jake.

Details of these productions and tickets are available here.

The Theatre Channel

Big fans of the West End who are familiar with The Theatre Café on St Martin’s Lane may be
interested in their newly set up Theatre Channel. Featuring live streams with some of the West End’s biggest stars, the channel has been streaming on a regular basis since October 2nd.

Details of the streams and how to book can be found here.


Words: Chloe Rose | Subbing: Sara Varga

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