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Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free

We're updating this list daily with all the latest shows you can stream!

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Theatres may be closed, but you can always get a stagey fix online. We round-up a series of shows you can watch right now – operas, musicals and more!

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Last update: 23 September



The Unicorn's version of The Twits

Road Dahl's hit book is brought to life by an all-star cast of Marina Hyde and Zubin Varla – perfect for kids of all ages!


Jackson's Lane international short film


Kneehigh's The Neon Shadow


The Shows Must Go On!

The series of streamed weekly shows is back! With a new series featuring Fame, War of the Worlds and more. Get more here.


Sadler's Wells

Sadler's Wells will be streaming an archived production each month, featuring Candoco, Kate Prince and more. More details here.


Missing People


These Folk at The Boulevard Theatre

Good Dog

Based on Arinzé Kene's hit play, the new, shortened, screen version has been put online for all to see.


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:


Zoo Venues

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.


Tangled


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

Opera North is streaming its production of the hit Bernstein opera for a full month on its YouTube channel.


Alan Seymour's The One Day of the Year

Australian and New Zealand actors including Mark Little, Kerry Fox, Daniel Monks, Paul Haley and Celeste Dodwell bring the hit play to life, all via remote performance. It's available until 31 May.


Cirque du Soleil

Though live circus might be unavailable, the iconic troupe Cirque du Soleil is regularly putting hour-long free shows on its YouTube channel to keep audiences sated.


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.


Southwark Stayhouse

Siobhan Athwal, Molly Lynch and Natasha Barnes in Wasted
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The hit-making south London theatre has released three archived productions on its site, including the rock musical Wasted which is very much worth a watch. Find out more.


ZARA

Zara
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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.


What the Butler Saw

Rufus Hound in What the Butler Saw
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Curve Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath's 2017 production of Joe Orton's hit play will be streamed online from 19 April. The cast features Rufus Hound, Dakota Blue Richards, Catherine Russell, Jack Holden, Jasper Britton and Ravi Aujla. It is lewd, bloody and brilliant. The venue's productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual are also available.

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 iconic theatre company has brought back the archive recording of its hit version of Shakespeare's problem play, which was captured live at the Barbican in 2017. It's around for a month!


Henry V

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

Long before Hamilton there was the speedy 21 Chump Street, starring Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ramos himself is about to take on the leading role in the In the Heights movie, scheduled to be released this summer. The BAM performance is available to watch in its entirety above. A small nugget of gold.


Ghost Quartet

Missed the award-winning revival of Ghost Quartet when it ran in London last year? Well Dave Malloy has posted the full musical on YouTube – featuring himself, performed in 2015.


The Show Must Go Online

This is a cool scheme – live readings of Shakespeare's works provided by top-notch actors who would otherwise be twiddling their thumbs.


Bubble

Rehearsed on Skype and filmed via Facebook, Theatre Uncut's newest show is a perfect fit for the coronavirus outbreak. Kieran Hurley's brand new play will be premiering on 23 March at 8pm and will also be released as a playtext to download, with performing rights free until 23 April. Find out more about it in the trailer above.


Opera Vision

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.


Gecko 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.


I, Cinna

Tim Crouch is a legend at the best of times, so seeing his solo show hosted by the RSC is a great chance to watch theatre at its best. You can also watch his production of I, Malvolio here.


Girls Like That

Evan Placey's hit 2014 play heads to the virtual world. It follows a group of schoolgirls reacting as one of their peers has naked photos of themselves leaked online – a pertinent issue for the present day, and a good way to get into a knotty play during the quiet hours.


Kanopy

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.


5 Soldiers

The critically acclaimed five-star production is a collaboration between British choreographer Rosie Kay and the British army, and gave an insight into the psychology and welfare of soldiers fighting on the front lines. It's now available to watch online above.


Clown Funeral

Associate artists of the New Diorama and Pegasus Theatre, Clown Funeral has made three shows available online for free (head to YouTube for the others) so that's a whole wad of whimsy while you wait for the virus to subside!


Timpson the Musical

The hit Fringe production has put its best foot forward and released a full recording online! Watch it above.


YesYesNoNo

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.


Cookies

Playwright Emily Jenkins was commissioned to write this show about cyber bullying by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass charity. It was first performed live in 2017 and then live recorded for Anti-Bullying Week. A great show about the negative experiences young people can face online – and it's available for free!


Daniel Bye

This theatremaker has been creating exciting and thought-provoking work and putting it on his YouTube channel for years. Bye has also launched a Patreon page if anyone wants to contribute.


Top Story

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.


The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak

The Bristol-based puppetry and theatre company have shared their show The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak online, a chamber opera that charts the story of a sideshow freak in 18th-century Pariswho serves as a spy for the French Revolutionary Army.


Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus

This show has had a number of incarnations in its journey to date. Directed by Arlene Phillips, Sam Cassidy's musical started life at the Cockpit Theatre in 2016 as 27 and starred Greg Oliver, Ryan Molloy, Jodie Jacobs, Maisie Bawden, Eloise Davies and more. It morphed into its current form and ran at The Other Palace in 2018, with cast members including Zoe Birkett (The Bodyguard), Jaymi Hensley (Union J) and Jodie Steele (Heathers). Watch for free now to discover a modern retelling of the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and the underworld.

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