22 films for theatre fans on Netflix
Here's how to fill your evenings and still be stagey from the comfort of your sofa
Here are 20 films perfect for a Netflix binge! You can read our bountiful list of stage shows you can watch online for free here!
Shrek the Musical
The hit Broadway production heads to UK and Ireland Netflix for the first time! Brian D'Arcy James takes on the titular role. Find out more.
A brand new musical film version of the iconic Broadway show is headed for Netflix – just in time for the festive season! You can find out more about the starry piece here.
Daisy Ridley takes on the role in this redrafted version of Hamlet, told from the tragic female lead's perspective.
The Boys in the Band
The film version of the recent Broadway revival will find its way to Netflix on 30 September – featuring an all-star cast. Find out more here.
Been So Long
Michaela Coel, Mya Lewis, Arinzé Kene and George MacKay bring Coel's stage play to the streaming site.
Jesus Christ Superstar
The 2000 saturated version of the iconic musical was released – perfect for an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice fix.
Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall
Platt's solo concert is a tour-de-force in performance and quite frankly the perfect tonic to the lockdown blues. Read an interview with Platt here.
West Side Story (1961)
Steven Spielberg has been beavering away working on a brand new film version (due in December 2021) but the original is fine by a lot of people, featuring Jerome Robbins' iconic choreography.
Springsteen on Broadway (2019)
The music legend had a residency on Broadway recently, and the whole experience was captured for your consuming pleasure online!
One of the biggest smash hit TV shows of the last couple of decades, you can now watch all of Glee, with its ridiculous back catalogue of musical covers, in its entirety. Who's up for a binge watch?
Rock of Ages (2012)
It was an absolute blast in the West End and on tour, so you can settle down to some Netflix and thrill in this rock epic.
Emo the Musical (2016)
We haven't watched Emo the Musical, but it sounds fun and quirky and has started a few debates online, so if you want something different this may be the best choice.
La La Land (2016)
The musical film of all musical films (literally, it references so many it's hard to keep track) the hit film comes to Netflix. Will it ever hit the stage? We sure hope so.
Jingle Jangle (2020)
A raft of Broadway legends join this festive musical bonanza – which should be on your must-see list this winter! Expect some proper earworms. Release on 13 November.
Playing to packed out audiences in the West End is the RSC, Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's hit musical version of Roald Dahl's novel. It's an absolute scream and while we don't think the film is anywhere near as great as the stage version, it's still pretty fun, featuring a great comic performance from Danny DeVito.
Upstart Crow (2016)
The Bard features in this recent TV series very heavily, as it follows his antics trying to make his way as a playwright and travelling between London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Ben Elton - whose other TV credits include Blackadder and The Young Ones and also penned We Will Rock You - wrote the script while David Mitchell plays Shakespeare. It's full of exceptionally silly ideas about what may have been going on while he was writing plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
Funny Girl (1968)
There might be a lot raining on everyone's parade right now, but not with the cracking film musical starring Barbra Streisand.
Barbra Streisand, The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic! (2017)
The iconic Barbra Streisand has some UK appearance dates, but she's currently ruling the roost on Netflix with this specially recorded concert, featuring some immense performances.
Latin History for Morons (2018)
Theatre on Netflix may start becoming a more regular fixture, and John Leguizamo's one-man show is ahead of the curve. Having originally premiered in 2016, Leguizamo's play is a whimsical and entertaining exploration of two millenniums of oppression. As informative as it is drole.
The Politician (2019)
It's a satirical drama featuring singing by Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss and is far too binge-able – need we say more.
Grease Live (2016)
Recorded live and directed by Hamilton's own Thomas Kail, there is some musical royalty appearing in this special version of the iconic classic, including Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and Carlos PenaVega.
Annie (1982 and 2014)
Tomorrow is only a day away in Annie's world, so why not raise some spirits with this fantastic musical film that has won the hearts and minds of audiences across the globe. Two versions are available on Netflix.
The iconic musical movie makes its way online, and as far as we can tell, it ain't goin' so you can give it a watch!
Oh Hello on Broadway (2017)
Recorded live on the Great White Way, this comedy special promises gags aplent with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (Mulaney is a massive musical nut, judging by his SNL sketches) playing two hasbeens who while away the hours.
Opening Night (2017)
Stage stars including Lesli Margherita appear in this musical comedy film, which takes place in real time, backstage on the opening night of a Broadway musical. If you can't be there then why not see what it would be like!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
Four series of a musical romantic comedy is more than bingeable for anyone with long stays at home, so we wholly suggest cashing in on this fantastic cockle-warming series.
The Prince of Egypt
The West End show may be temporarily out of action but the animated classic is right there and ready to watch!
Best Worst Thing That Could Ever Have Happened
The original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along reflect on what was famously a dud by Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince.