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

PUBLISHED: 14:09 23 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:31 27 March 2020

The Wind in the Willows Musical is free to watch online

The Wind in the Willows Musical is free to watch online


Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get your much needed Arts fix. You can now enjoy the magic of theatre from the small screen!

1. The Show Must Go Online


This is a drama school scheme going live this week – live readings of Shakespeare’s works provided by top-notch actors who would otherwise be twiddling their thumbs. The pieces will kick off tomorrow with Two Gentlemen in Verona.




2. 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.



3. Ninebarrow


Grab a bottle (or two) of your favourite tipple, forget the world outside for an hour or so - and come and join Jon & Jay for some music, live from their lounge! You can watch their Living room concert on their Facebook page.



4. The Wind in the Willows


A West End production, available for free! (though you can also make a donation to theatre charities as a nice good cause), this is a cracking idea and well worth checking out if you need an evening filled. Find out more.



5. First encounter King Lear


Another lovely RSC show geared towards introducing theatre to young audiences, 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.



6. 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.



7. 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.


8. 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.



For more at home entertainment, why not try to switch off and switch on one of these soothing sounds.


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