What To Watch On Stage January 2021

With the country in lockdown, live in-house theatre is not currently an option.

Nevertheless, alongside established streaming services like National Theatre At Home, theatres have worked tirelessly to film new productions and find ways of streaming them to our homes. Here are some of the best productions available this month.

Three Sisters by Inua Ellams after Chekhov via National Theatre At Home

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu, and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos.

Currently available to stream via National Theatre At Home. Find out more here.

Medea by Ben Power after Euripides via National Theatre At Home

Heartbroken and stricken with grief, Medea (Helen McCrory) plans appalling revenge on her ex-husband, Jason, to destroy everything she holds dear. This adaptation by Ben Power features Michaela Coel as Nurse and Danny Sapani as Jason.

Currently available to stream via National Theatre At Home. Find out more here.

l-r Dawn Hope; Nicola Blackman

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost via stream.theatre

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity.

To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter must heal their relationship and work together.

This gripping family-friendly story stars Dawn Hope (Follies, National Theatre) and Nicola Blackman (The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre).

The show will be streamed at stream.theatre from February 26th – March 14th. Find out more here.

Huddle by Filskit Theatre at the Unicorn Theatre

Huddle is a moving tale of a daddy penguin and his new chick learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This online version, narrated by Madeline Appiah, uses instrumental music and beautiful hand-drawn animation to bring this atmospheric, snow-filled story to life.

Free to watch on the Unicorn Theatre’s YouTube channel and the Guardian’s website until 31 March 2020. Find out more here.


Overflow by Travis Alabanza

From internationally acclaimed writer and one of the UK’s most prominent trans voices, Travis Alabanza (Burgerz), Overflow is a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms, who is allowed in and who is kept out.

Livestreaming via Bush Theatre from 18th – 23rd January. Find out more here.

Swingin’ The Dream presented by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Telling the story of an intriguing Broadway musical adaptation of Shakespeare. This jazz-infused version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened in 1939 with a heady mixture of talent, including Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan, and musical contributions from Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

Watch online until Saturday 16th January. Find out more here.


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