As the pandemic continues into the Easter holiday period you may have already switched on to various streaming channels to catch your theatrical favourites. Whether you’re a seasoned theatregoer or breaking away from the constant flow of box-sets, theres never been a better time to gain a new experience of live performance!
Here are some to watch out for with more to be added!
Only The Brave – A New Musical
Based on true events, Only The Brave evokes the camaraderie and bravery of the second world war generation.
This archive version was filmed in 2016 by AdVision TV Ltd at Wales Millennium Centre , with a cast of Welsh musical stars led by Caroline Sheen and David Thaxton. Written by Rachel Wagstaff, with music by Cardiff born composer Matthew Brind and directed by Steve Marmion.
The Wind In The Willows – The New Musical
The musical version of Wind In the Willows which played The London Palladium starring Rufus Hound is based on Kenneth Graham’s popular riverbank tales.
The digital production of Wind In The Willows is available for rental via willowsmusical.com
Flowers For Mrs Harris
Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever…
From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?
Directed by Daniel Evans, it captures the glowing humanity of the novella by Paul Gallico on which it is based. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical.
Flowers for Mrs Harris is available to stream online for free until May 8, 2020 via Chichester Festival Theatre’s website
Curtains -The Musical
The hit production of Kander and Ebb’s Curtains Starring Jason Manford, Rebecca Lock and Carly Stenson will be streamed online on April 14.
Jason Manford plays detective Frank Cioffi in the “feelgood thriller,” which follows what happens after a murder occurs during a Broadway destined stage show.
Curtains toured the UK last autumn before several West End dates, then returning to tour earlier this year. The production was closed in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The online stream will take place from 7.15pm on 14 April, with a cost of £7.50. All profits will go to Fund For Freelancers, a charity set up to support creatives out of work.
Archive footage taken from The Other Palace run of Eugenius! Premiered on Facebook on March 20.
The 1980s inspired classroom to space age musical captures the energy and intimacy of live theatre while featuring dazzling live performances and a catchy original soundtrack.
None of the cast or creatives are receiving royalties for the release but donations are encouraged for -the charity, Acting for Others who offer financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need. To donate visit: bit.ly/EugeniusDonate
Jane Eyre (National Theatre Live, April 9 – April 16, 2020)
The Sally Cookson directed production of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, a collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, filmed by National Theatre Live at London’s National Theatre.
The production, shown as part of the National Theatre at Home series is available for free on demand until 16 April.
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Shows Must Go On, April 10-12)
Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently streaming his musicals for free online.
Entitled “The Shows Must Go On”, the series is currently showcasing Jesus Christ Superstar, with Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles, until Easter Sunday.
Donations to charities – Acting for Others, Broadway Cares and Actors Benevolent Fund are encouraged.