English Theatre in times of Covid-19 (Updated 20 July)
Some UK theatres now offer free streaming services, which make it possible to watch theatre performances in Covid-19 times. For an overview, check the regularly updated website of WhatsOnStage and that of Get your theatre fix. (Recent updates on our own website are in THIS colour.)
Please remember that this is a tough time for all theatres. So, if you have any money to spare, do donate some of it, even if it’s just a couple of pounds!
... and by the way: if you would like to support the Augsburg cultural scene, visit StartNext "Rettet die Club & Kulturszene in Augsburg"!
NEW 15 April: if you are a member of the University of Augsburg, for you may for some time access via VPN the website of Drama Online, which has lots of online material – texts from Bloomsbury, Methuen, and Nick Hern, and videos of productions by RSC, NT, and the Globe.
Here are some recent additions:
- Breach theatre is streaming It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, a dramatisation of a 1612 rape trial brought by the gifted painter Artemisia Gentileschi against Agostino Tassi, the pope’s favourite artist.
- if you are interested in musicals, here is Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (info on Ghost Quartet on Wikipedia).
- some of the most cutting-edge contemporary theatre from venues all across the world can be seen at the The International Online Theatre Festival.
- Cheek by Jowl’s version of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale will be available on youtube for a certain time.
- 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 play 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.
- NEW: The Southwark Playhouse have released some of their productions: Jesse Briton’s Bound; 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.
And here is a selection of some other highlights:
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 as well as the purpose of writing, and how (and if) to engage in activism.
- 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. It toured to schools across England before touring to New York's Park Avenue Armory, where the production was filmed.
- There is a – slightly old-fashioned – 1979 television performance of Macbeth based on the original RSC stage production of 1976, with Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth.
If you are interested in opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden’ Streaming Service on youtube may have something for you, e.g.
- Händel, Acis and Galatea, online now;
- Wagner, The Flying Dutchman, The Royal Opera – online now;
- Gounod, Faust, online 17–31 July.
Likewise, the Bayerische Staatsoper has a free live stream service.
If you are interested in the arts in general, you might find something to your taste
Corona and the AnglistenTheater’s summer projects: Caryl Churchill plays and Pinter Shorts cancelled
Because of the Corona crisis, we had to cancel our summer projects, Caryl Churchill’s short plays Escaped Alone and Here We Go and the two Pinter Shorts Monologue and Night, which would have been staged during this year’s CDE conference in Augsburg.
The celebration of our 40th anniversary will probably be shifted to 2121.
Towards the end of the summer semester (between July 13 and 24) we will hold a general meeting (probably zoomed) to discuss the next projects.
If you would like to learn more about our plans, keep an eye on this website for updates, or mail us at email@example.com
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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