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22 films for theatre fans on Netflix

Here's how to fill your evenings and still be stagey from the comfort of your sofa

From West Side Story [Public domain]

Here are 18 films perfect for a Netflix binge! You can read our bountiful list of stage shows you can watch online for free here!



West Side Story (1961)

Steven Spielberg has been beavering away working on a brand new film version (due in December) 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!


Les Misérables (2012)

Before Tom Hooper helmed Cats, he was also in charge of the first film adaptation of Les Mis. It was divisive (personally a fan this end) but you can never get enough of those anthemic tunes.


Dirty Dancing (1987)

An iconic film with a stage version that always seems to be on tour, you can catch the original now online, featuring the svelte moves of Patrick Swayze.


Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Another show that wowed audiences in the West End was Trevor Nunn's epic revival of ‘'Fiddler on the Roof'' – you can catch the 1971 film on Netflix to see how the two compare.


Glee (2009)

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.


Matilda (1996)

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.

Watch it on stage instead


Upstart Crow (2016)

Given its imminent arrival in the West End, this only makes sense. 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.


Ghost Stories (2018)

Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's spooky thriller, based on the stage show of the same name, heads to Netflix following a West End return and tour. Chillax with a chill down your spine!


Carrie (2002)

If you were one of the lucky few who got to see the revival of Carrie: The Musical at the Southwark Playhouse then no doubt you are having withdrawal symptoms. Relive the prom from hell with two of the latter adaptations of Stephen King's novel.


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.


Shrek (2001 onwards)

Its musical may no longer be gracing our stages, but the film version of ‘'Shrek'' (and Shrek 2!) is available to watch on Netflix right now. A timeless classic with some great tunes thrown into the mix. Plus you also get Jennifer Saunders singing "Holding Out for a Hero" in the second movie, which might be the most definitive rendition of the Bonnie Tyler song.


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.


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.

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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.

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