Where to Watch Theatre, Dance, Music and More Online

We’ve curated a list of theatre productions, TV shows, readings and more for you to watch, read and listen to from your sofa.

Last updated on Monday 6 July.

The effects of the pandemic lockdown has hit our industry hard and we’re missing live shows more than ever so we’re incredibly thankful to all of the theatres and production teams who have made their work available online. Most of the productions are available for free and some ask viewers to make a donation if you have the means to do so.

Until doors open again and the lights come back on; performers, theatre-makers, writers, filmmakers, casting directors, agents and all the wonderful people who work in the arts - we miss you and we can’t wait to see your creative genius in person again when this is all over.

Theatre

  • Gecko Theatre

Gecko Theatre has put a whole host of their shows on YouTube for you to watch for free, including The Time of Your Life.

  • National Theatre

The National Theatre streams a different production each week on their YouTube channel for seven days. The show changes every Thursday at 7pm so keep an eye on their website for the programme. 

  • Open Clasp

The women’s theatre company have released a number of their productions online including the critically-acclaimed Key Change.

  • Rifco Theatre

A number of the theatre company’s productions that reflect and celebrate British Asian contemporary experiences are available to watch online including Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, the hit production about living with a speech impediment.

  • Southwark Playhouse 

The hit-making south London theatre has released a number of archived productions on their site, including the rock musical Wasted.

  • Top Story 

The apocalyptic comedy played at the Old Vic Tunnels in 2013 and the theatre company has now made it available to watch for free on YouTube.

  • Theatre Royal Haymarket

Playwright Emily Jenkins was commissioned by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass charity to write Cookies, a show about cyberbullying, which you can now watch on YouTube.

Musical Theatre

  • 21 Chump Street

Long before Hamilton, there was 21 Chump Street, starring Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Productions 

As part of The Show Must Go On!, a different production will be streamed on YouTube every Friday at 7pm for 48 hours. 

  • Les Misérables

You’ll have to pay £9.99 to download and watch Les Misérables but The Mackintosh Foundation have pledged to make a donation to three charities for every download purchased.

  • SIGNAL

SIGNAL host regular online concerts featuring new musical theatre from artists all over the world. Watch previous concerts and find out about upcoming events.

Monologues

  • The Mono Box

Listen to a collection of over 100 audio recordings of renowned artists performing their favourite theatrical speeches in The Monologue Library. 

Ballet

  • Northern Ballet

The iconic company have a number of their world-class ballet shows online, including EGO, a look into the psyche of a relationship.

Circus

  • Cirque De Soleil 

Visit Cirque du Soleil's YouTube channel where the troupe regularly put on hour-long free shows.

Dance

  • Rosie Kay Dance Company

The critically acclaimed five-star production 5 Soldiers is a collaboration between British choreographer Rosie Kay and the British army, giving an insight into the psychology and welfare of soldiers fighting on the front lines.

  • Sadler's Wells

Sadler’s Wells has launched their digital stage with a programme full of dance performances and workshops.

Opera

  • The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House has a whole programme of opera and ballet performances streaming on their website including Faust and The Sleeping Beauty.

Puppetry

  • Wattle and Daub

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, a chamber opera that charts the story of a sideshow freak in 18th-century Paris who serves as a spy for the French Revolutionary Army is available to watch on Vimeo.

Poetry

  • Rose Theatre

As a means of bringing joy and creativity into homes during these uncertain times, the Rose has launched Readings from the Rose featuring a number of prominent actors including Paterson Joseph, Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston.

Shakespeare

  • Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe YouTube Premieres - six plays will be shown, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, on The Globe's YouTube channel

  • Sonnets

Sir Patrick Stewart reads a sonnet a day on Instagram.

  • The Show Must Go Online

A global cast performs weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare in the order they were believed to have been written.

We’ll be keeping this list updated but please do email us [email protected] if there’s anything you think we should add.

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