English Theatre in times of Covid-19 (Updated 10 April)

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 WhatsOnStage and Get your theatre fix websites (new updates in this colour):


Here are some recent additions:

  • the experimental New York theatre company Wooster Group offer Brace Up!, their version of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters;
  • if you are interested in musicals, here is Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (info on Ghost Quartet on Wikipedia);


And here is a selection of some of the highlights:

The National Theatre streams performances on youtube every Thursday evening: see the NT’s website and their youtube channel.

  • Jane Eyre: A bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece.
    Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 9 April. Available until 16 April.
  • Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling stage adaptation.​ Featuring Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver.
    Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 16 April. Available until 23 April.
  • Twelfth Night: Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare's classic comedy. Featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia.
    Streaming from 7pm Thursday 23 April. Available until 30 April.

The Royal Court Theatre makes available the award-winning Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone in a production that mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast.


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.


The Hampstead Theatre at Home offers

  • Wild by Mike Bartlett, 30 Mar - 5 Apr 2020
  • Wonderland by Beth Steel, 6 - 12 Apr 2020
  • Drawing the Line by Howard Brenton, 13 - 19 Apr 2020

Shakespeare’s Globe will show six plays (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor) for free via their YouTube channel, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of ‘YouTube Premieres’.


If you are interested in opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden’ Streaming Service on youtube may have something for you, e.g.

  • Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf – online now
  • Händel, Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – online now
  • Mozart, Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – online now
  • The Metamorphosis (after Kafka), The Royal Ballet, 2013 – from 17 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • Britten, Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – from 24 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • The Winter’s Tale (after Shakespeare), The Royal Ballet, 2014 – from 1 May 2020, 7pm BST

Likewise, Opernhaus Zürich has a Heimspiel Online Streaming Service with a fair number of operas and ballets, e.g. Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (April 5–11  ), Nabucco (May 1–3) and Rigoletto (May 31–June 1), Alban Berg’s Wozzek (May 15–17).


In Germany, the Schaubühne has an Online-Ersatzspielplan with a wide range of plays including Hamlet and Richard III.

What's new?

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.


We still hope to celebrate our 40th anniversary some time in July, perhaps with a garden party.


Towards the end of the summer semester (between July 13 and 24, if the university is open again at that time) we will hold a general meeting to discuss the winter project.


If you would like to learn more about our plans, keep an eye on this website for updates, or mail us at anglistentheater@philhist.uni-augsburg.de


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



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.





Interested in joining us?

We always welcome new members, whether they would like to be on stage as actresses and actors, or rather join our team of creatives or the backstage and front of house crew.     

If you would like to know more about this, do mail us at   anglistentheater@philhist.uni-augsburg.de

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