English Theatre in times of Covid-19 (Updated 24 November)
UK theatres still offer streaming services, which make it possible to watch theatre performances in Covid-19 times. Some of these are free; for others you have to pay (for obvious reasons). For details, and an overview, check the regularly updated websites of WhatsOnStage and Get your theatre fix.
Here are some of the free online productions:
- Some of the productions of Shakespeare’s Globe are online on youtube (at the moment: Romeo and Juliet and Richard II, an all women of colour production).
- Cheek by Jowl’s version of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale (highly recommended!) is available on youtube.
- Leicester’s Curve Theatre will show Joe Orton’s „lewd, bloody and brilliant“ farce What the Butler Saw.
- The award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company Gecko Theatre is streaming their 30 minute show The Time of Your Life, in which a the man embarks on a journey through rooms representing different milestones in his life.
- Synergy Theatre Project and Unicorn Theatre have put Evan Placey’s Girls Like That online, a play that follows a group of schoolgirls reacting as one of their peers has naked photos of themselves leaked online.
- A musical based on Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, filmed live at The Southbank Centre, is now available on youtube.
- The Bristol Old Vic show some of their productions on their Bristol Old Vic At Home Channel.
- The Southwark Playhouse have released some of their productions: the rock musical Wasted, which gives an account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell; Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Philip Ridley’s The Beast will Rise, a series of fourteen online monologues by Philip Ridley, released weekly – all world premieres.
- The RSC has two online productions created by playwright Tim Crouch: Cinna (The Poet) is a drama written and directed by Tim Crouch and starring Jude Owusu, inspired by the RSC's 2012 production of Julius Caesar. Cinna is a minor character in Julius Caesar, who is killed by the mob simply for having the same name as one of the conspirators. This powerful one-man play explores Cinna's experience of the political unrest going on around him. And there is First Encounters With Shakespeare: King Lear: In the summer of 2012, a company of nine actors and director Tim Crouch came together to create a production of King Lear specifically for young audiences.
- There is a – slightly old-fashioned – 1979 television performance of Macbeth based on the original RSC stage production of 1976, directed by Trevor Nunn, with Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth.
If you are interested in opera
- Some of the Royal Opera Covent Garden productions are still online: e.g. Händel, Acis and Galatea and Wagner, The Flying Dutchman.
- Likewise, the Bayerische Staatsoper has a free live stream service with varying programmes.
- The European Commission-supported OperaVision supplies free top-tier performances filmed at the highest quality level.
Corona and the AnglistenTheater’s plans for the future
Because of the Corona crisis, we had to cancel our summer projects, Caryl Churchill’s short plays Escaped Alone and Here We Go. Likewise, we had to cancel the two Pinter Shorts Monologue and Night, which would have been staged during this year’s CDE conference in Augsburg.
At the moment, we are considering resuming rehearsals in the winter semester, with performances planned for either the end of the winter semester, or the summer semester.
The celebration of our 40th anniversary will also be shifted to 2121.
If you would like to learn more about our plans, keep an eye on this website for updates, or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AnglistenTheater production of Amanda Whittington's Thrill of Love featured in Nick Hern Books new blog post
Nick Hern Books have just published a new blog post about their Most-Performed Plays of 2019. Amanda Whittington’s play The Thrill of Love made the Top 10 and, because they liked our pictures so much, they featured a photo from the AnglistenTheater production! Take a look at the blog post here.
A new AnglistenTheater Icon
Julia Wittmann ...
... has created a magnificent new Icon for the AnglistenTheater – although it’s in fact ages since we last produced one of Shakespeare’s plays: to be precise, this was Macbeth back in 1990 (see History of the AnglistenTheater).
We are still working ...
... on ways to make this icon available on T-shirts and, perhaps, mugs, at a reasonable price.
So perhaps in 2020 ...
... when we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’ll be able to tell you how to get hold of these.
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