Hampstead Theatre, National Theatre, Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, National Theatre, RSC , Battersea Arts Centre, and more are all going on line

British theatre has responded to the coronavirus emergency with great energy and imagination. Many companies are streaming work that has been filmed over the years, and Reviewsgate will try to cover some of the most interesting. Many will have been reviewed here before.

These are some of the companies that are streaming over the next few weeks, mostly on their YouTube channels.

All these are free, but  are time limited. This is not an exhaustive list but gives an idea of what is happening, and how quickly.

Hampstead Theatre and the Guardian

Mike Bartlett’s Wild (2016).   Monday 30 March, 10am – Sunday 5 April, 10pm (GMT) 2020

Beth Steel’s Wonderland (2014).  Monday 6 April, 10am – Sunday 12 April, 10pm (GMT) 2020

Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line (2013).  Monday 13 April, 10am – Sunday 19 April, 10pm 2020




Viewing platform:


Hampstead Theatre YouTube channel


Royal Opera and Royal Ballet

Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – Friday 3 April 2020, 7pm BST

Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – Friday 10 April 2020, 7pm BST

The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – Friday 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – Friday 24 April 2020, 7pm BST

The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – Friday 1 May 2020, 7pm BST



Viewing platform:

Royal Opera YouTube channel   https://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse

Royal Opera facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/royaloperahouse




Mike Bartlett’s Albion from The Almeida

Emma Rice’s Wise Children

Battersea Arts Centre’s Frankenstein

The Royal Shakespeare Company:

Hamlet, Macbeth,

Romeo & Juliet,

The Merchant of Venice,

Much Ado About Nothing



Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young’s Revisor

Northern Ballet’s Dracula

DanceWorks with Sadler’s Wells featuring the work of Sharon Eyal, María Pagés, Ballet Black and Firedance.



Viewing platform:


BBC iPlayer


National Theatre, London

One Man, Two Guvnors – Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 2 April. Available until 9 April.

Jane Eyre – Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 9 April. Available until 16 April.

Treasure Island – Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 16 April. Available until 23 April.

Twelfth Night – Streaming from 7pm Thursday 23 April. Available until 30 April.



Viewing platform




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