20 stage shows, musical films, plays and more to watch on Amazon Prime
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Lots of people have Amazon Prime Video – some even have it without realising it, they're just pining for speedy delivery times. But here are some shows you can see on the platform. Oh and also spare a thought for those who may be out of work during the ongoing crisis – you can find ways to help here.
With Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, John Travolta and many many more, the feel-good musical with a hard-hitting punch has made its way onto Prime!
2. The Last Five Years
Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick bring Jason Robert Brown's brilliant back-to-front-to-back musical into blistering focus in this totally underrated film version of the tune-packed piece.
Our first Macbeth on this list is the recent version starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. A brooding, visually beautiful recording, it is directed by Justin Kurzel.
Michael Crawford stars in this musical about the iconic circus master. It was an out-and-out hit well before The Greatest Showman came along, and features some great tunes including "Join the Circus".
5. King Lear
Anthony Hopkins, Florence Pugh, Andrew Scott and more tackle the Bard's great tragedy (apparently written during a quarantine, by the way) in this BBC special that aired a couple of years ago. While we're on the subject – isn't it about time Pugh comes to the stage?
6. Richard II
Fiona Shaw is brilliant at most things (cough, Killing Eve, cough) and to see her take on one of Shakespeare's most iconic monarchs in this production is worth its weight in gold.
A drum, a drum, another Macbeth doth come! Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood star in this production courtesy of Rupert Goold, which made the leap to TV after initially running at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007.
8. Henry V
Kenneth Branagh's Henry V is pretty much considered one of the definitive production these days, so for anyone wanting a bit of theatre magic with a dash of '90s aesthetic then head for this.
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream
Try this for a cast – Helen Mirren, Ian Richardson, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Diana Rigg, Clive Swift and MORE appear in what might be one of the starriest filmed stage productions. Theatre royalty at its best.
10. Little Shop of Horrors
It has some of the best tunes in musical theatre history and while a remake may be on the cards, this original film is an absolute classic and the perfect way to spend a quiet evening.
11. Kiss Me Kate
Want to spend the holidays brushing up your Shakespeare? Well look no further than this film version of the fantastic musical caper.
12. Much Ado About Nothing
Shot over the space of two weeks, Joss Whedon (of Avengers fame) got a group of friends together to shoot their own take on Much Ado all in the same LA household. The results are low-fi and endearing.
13. Julius Caesar
Based on the RSC's Greg Doran version of the show, Paterson Joseph stars in this filmed version of the Shakespeare classic.
Featuring Glen Hansard's lovely tunes, the film went on to inspire the heart-warming, award-winning musical. So it's essential viewing for any theatre fans.
15. Jesus Christ Superstar
Got heaven on your mind? The film version of the iconic musical is a rollicking blast and features some outstanding voices (and some edgy desert sets) so if you want to bask in some proper ALW tunes then head for this.
16. Grease Live!
The Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough production, performed and recorded life, is ready for Prime viewing.
17. Sweeney Todd
They might feature the worst pies in London, but this fantastic film is a brooding, quirky vision of Sondheim's gory musical.
18. Guys and Dolls
The hit show might not be rockin the boat on stage right now, but you can catch the 1955 film here.
The full first season, based on thre stage play, is available for Prime users now!
20. Emma the Musical
A full stage play baseed on the Jane Austen novel might be a match made in heaven for those loving a dose of 19th century romance!