Missing out on live performances? Here’s some theatre and concert alternatives from across the world that you can now live stream instead…
Whichever way you look at it, it’s pretty clear that the next few months are going to see us spending more time at home – more than we might be used to. Whether you’re already practising social distancing, self-isolation or just planning ahead, it can seem incredibly daunting to fill your days with new and interesting entertainment, especially if your preference is for heading out and about to attend events and performances across your city.
However, have no fear! If you can’t head out to your nearest theatre, then let us bring the theatre to you – because the show must go on!
Across the globe, an array of theatre companies are streaming their live performances, or letting you catch up on them, so that you can experience the magic of the stage all without leaving your sofa.
If you love live streaming but your Netflix, Stan, Disney Plus or even Hayu account has been out-watched, take a look at our top five picks for performances you can now stream from home:
Although the Metropolitan Opera in New York City has cancelled all shows until 31 March, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to miss out. Instead, they’ll be streaming encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on their company website for free. Starting on March 16 with Bisnet’s Carmen, they’ll be streaming these recorded performances every night including offerings from Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini. If you can’t stream it live, you can also catch these up on the Metropolitan Opera on demand apps. Whether you’re completely new to the art of opera, or a true fan, this is the perfect way to add an alternative to your streaming experience.
Shakespeare's Globe, London
If you’re a fan of the stage, look no further than Globe Player, the online streaming service from the English poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare’s very own theatre in London, Shakespeare’s Globe. Their online database includes a wealth of past performances, including a large selection of plays from the bard himself, as well as pioneering modern writers. These performances are all executed by world renowned performers and thespians, and there are even alternative performances of each play, so real theatre buffs can compare interpretations.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
For classical music fans, look no further than the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who, after doors were closed on their concert on March 12, performed anyway, to an eerily empty music hall, but a gigantic virtual audience at home. In light of this, they’ve now opened up their entire back catalogue to be streamed for free in their digital concert hall. This includes performances from the likes of Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado among countless other virtuosos. Make sure to use code BERLINPHIL by 31 March to gain access to years of stunning performances for free.
Australian National Theatre
If you’re looking to get lost in some local Australian talent, then take a peek at the Australian National Theatre who have two of their most recent performances available to stream on demand. Performances such as David Walliamson’s Emerald City and Mary Rachel Brown’s The Dapto Chaser and newest addition, Codgers, are all able to be streamed on Vimeo for less than $5. Each offers some of the best in Australian talent and the wonders of theatre within the comfort and safety of your own home.
La Fenice, Venice
After its sold out performance was cancelled due to CO-VID 19 earlier this week, La Fenice, Venice’s ornate opera house decided that if nothing else, the show must go on. So instead of a crowded hall, these musicians walked on stage to a silent version of one of the world’s most famous theatres. They streamed their Beethoven performance live to thousands of spectators and it’s still available to watch online. For any classical music fan, this is a remarkable opportunity to enjoy a performance at one of opera’s most important and historic locations, from your own living room.