It’s been a difficult weekend for the theatre industry.

The government’s most recent announcement has forced buildings that had only just started opening and shows that would finally see the stage after periods of rehearsing to close down for the next month at least.

So, this month I’ve compiled a list of online performances that both bring the magic of theatre to your home and offer an opportunity to donate money towards the theatre industry and help it weather the difficult winter ahead.

Crave (Livestream) by Sarah Kane

Starring Alfred Enoch (Harry PotterHow to Get Away with Murder), Crave is an angry, funny, defiant, kind, cruel, and deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love by one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. In a damaged world, four characters search for the light…

Livestreaming from Chichester Festival Theatre in partnership with the Royal Court Theatre from Saturday 31st October – Saturday 7th November. 

Find out more here.

15 Heroines by Various Playwrights

Jermyn Street Theatre brings together 15 leading British playwrights – amongst them, Lorna French, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Chinonyerem Odimba, and Lettie Precious – to draw inspiration from Ovid’s fictional letters called The Heroines to dramatise the lives of 15 heroines.

The all-star cast features Martina Laird, Nicholle Cherrie, Rosalind Eleazar, Doña Croll, Nadine Marshall, Ann Ogbomo, and Rebekah Murrell and features direction by Adjoa Andoh and Khadifa Wong. 

Livestreaming from Jermyn Street Theatre from Monday 9th November – Saturday 14th November.

Find out more here.

Remembrance curated by Arinzé Kene

Originally staged in November 2018 to mark 100 years since the Armistice, One Voice: Remembrance is a series of five solo performances curated by Arinzé Kene and directed by Annabel Bolton, written to shine a light on the powerful, poignant, and surprising stories often hidden in the shadow of conflict.

Performances include Come on Home written and performed by Ben Bailey Smith, An Elephant Alone written by Rachel De-Lahay, and Blue Buttons written by Arinzé Kene and performed by Jade Anouka.

Playing online from the Old Vic from Monday 9th November – Monday 14th December.

Find out more here.

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales Online by Philip Pullman

The Unicorn Theatre presents a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast – featuring Le Gateau Chocolat, Cecilia Noble, Andy Umerah, and Susan Wokoma.

The retellings of these classic fairy tales, which explore fear, courage, compassion, and wonder, feature direction by Justin Audibert, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, and Ola Ince.

Playing via the Unicorn Theatre’s YouTube channel from Monday 5th October – Sunday 21st February.

Find out more here.

Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

1609. I AM EMILIA. WRITER. WIFE. LOVER. MOTHER. MUSE. 400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?

Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter, and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us. Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman. Stand up and be counted.

Available to watch online from Tuesday 10th – Tuesday 24th November

Find out more here.

Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon by Torben Betts

Starring Michael Salami (Hollyoaks) and Geoff Aymer (The Importance of Being Earnest), Apollo 13 is set in a spacecraft stranded 205,000 miles from Earth as astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive.  77 hours into their mission they lose all communications with Earth as they pass around the dark side of the Moon. Further from home than mankind has ever been, in total darkness and facing impossible odds of survival the Astronauts confront themselves and each other. 

Marking 50 years since the launch of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, and based, in part, on actual transcripts, this brand-new online play is a captivating re-telling of one of the greatest space stories of all time. 

Available to watch online until Thursday 31st December

Find out more here.

Rent by Jonathan Larson

Starring an all-star cast of young Black musical theatre talent, including Jocasta Almgill, Ahmed Hamad, Dom Hartley-Harris, Maiya Quansah-Breed, and Alex Thomas-Smith, Rent is a rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. This is a pre-recorded and edited stream of the performance at Hope Mill Theatre directed by Luke Sheppard.

Available to watch online from 27th November – 20th December.

Find out more here.

Lament for Sheku Bayoh by Hannah Lavery

Soon after 7am, on a Sunday morning – May 3rd, 2015, Sheku Bayoh, a 31-year-old gas engineer, husband, and father of two died in Police custody on the streets of his home town – Kirkcaldy, Fife. Bayoh’s family launched a campaign seeking justice and in 2019 a judge-led inquiry was announced to determine the manner of his death and whether ‘actual or perceived race’ had played a part in it. 

Lament for Sheku Bayoh is an artistic response to this tragedy, an expression of grief for the loss of the human behind the headlines, and a non-apologetic reflection on identity and racism in Scotland today. This production from the National Theatre of Scotland stars Saskia Ashdown, Patricia Panther, and Courtney Stoddart.

Livestreamed from Friday 20th – Saturday 21st November.

Find out more here.

Water by babirye bukilwa

Water is everywhere throughout our lives; it flows around us and waves at us from the shores. Inspired by the banks of Greenwich & Woolwich, babirye writes about a mother and daughter who live their lives against the backdrop of water.

babirye bukilwa performs their play Water as part of the Caravan Theatre’s second digital series of micro-plays in a production directed by Miranda Cromwell.

Available online.

Find out more here.


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