Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
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London International Mime Festival
A variety of stage shows will be streamed on YouTube for free – highlighting the best in physical and contemporary storytelling. Highlights include Gecko's The Wedding.
Rifco Theatre's Leave the Plastic On
The company's comedy series is available to watch now – top notch production values and some whip-sharp dialogue.
A Tale to Tell
Shakespeare's Globe's Romeo and Juliet
Jackson's Lane international short film
Kneehigh's The Neon Shadow
The cruise hour-long version can be seen now.
Sadler's Wells will be streaming an archived production each month, featuring Candoco, Kate Prince and more. More details here.
These Folk at The Boulevard Theatre
Edinburgh International Festival
The organisation has created a whole digital platform to replace its events this year. The series includes National Theatre of Scotland's Ghost Light, which is below:
The Edinburgh Fringe company is streaming a host of online and recorded productions on its website, with all funds raised going directly to artists unable to perform this year. Watch here.
Shakespeare's Globe's Richard II
Manchester International Festival
The festival is putting full shows, musical performances, talks, Q&As and more online for free. Check out the YouTube channel here.
Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti
Alan Seymour's The One Day of the Year
BBC's Performance Live
Featuring Hofesth Shechter, Tourreshero, Akala, Kate Tempest and more, the BBC is offering a raft of free theatre for UK users.
Royal Opera House
The iconic company is putting archived shows online for free, and you can see more here.
Now this is a bit of a biggy – Mind the Gap, Walk the Plank and Emergency Exit Arts' epic 2019 show is heading online from Sunday 19 April at 8pm. Featuring 100 performers and a giant baby bigger than a double-decker bus, the piece is available here.
Only the Brave
Only The Brave – A New Musical from AdVision TV on Vimeo.
Only the Brave, the hit musical starring Caroline Sheen and David Thaxton, is available for free online. The show, filmed by AdVision TV in 2016, tells the story of a group of soldiers in the run-up to the D-Day landings. It had its first run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008, before a full production premiered in 2016 at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff.
Cheek By Jowl
The Barn's hit production with Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels went live at 6pm on Friday 27 March, and will be available from the Barn's website after that.
21 Chump Street
The Show Must Go Online
Free opera! Now that's a nice sentiment – the European Commission-supported OperaVision will be supplying free opportunities to watch top-tier performances filmed at the highest quality level, with new shows released weekly on top of a massive back catalogue. Find out more.
First encounter King Lear
Another lovely RSC show geared towards introducing theatre to young'uns, this time taking the tragic story of King Lear and making it more accessible and fleet. The perfect way to kick off a love of theatre.
Physical theatre pros Gecko have put a wad of their shows on YouTube for free, including The Time of Your Life, a collaboration with the BBC.
Girls Like That
Have you got a library card or a university login? Did you know about this amazing streaming service that can be accessed through your local institution to watch films, TV shows and live theatre performances? Did you know that it's totally free? Well you do now! Open to members participating libraries, colleges and universities, this is a great to way to catch up on some amazing shows from years gone by. Check out Kanopy and discover the participating venues here.
Timpson the Musical
The theatre company has put one of its earlier works, Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, online for free! The show was one of the smash hits at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. And more than that, the company are sending the cast of its latest show The Accident Did Not Take Place to record at the Bunker Theatre. Stream it live online here on 21 March at 7.25pm.
This apocalyptic comedy came to the Old Vic Tunnels in 2013 and the theatre company has made it available to watch for free on YouTube in response to the coronavirus pandemic.