The show must go on: Watch theatre online

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Venues around the UK are closed for the foreseeable near future. To keep us connected to culture at this time, we're sharing theatre and dance performances online. We'll keep this page updated over the coming months. If you think something is missing get in touch: theatreanddance@britishcouncil.org or via Twitter: @UKTheatreDance

Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland

A Royal Court and Abbey Theatre production, commissioned by The Space

 

Available online for free until 30 April, Cyprus Avenue mixes live performances from its Royal Court production with on location film in Belfast. This black comedy tells the story of a man struggling with his past and terrified of the future.


It's True It's True It's True by Breach Theatre

 

It's True, It's True, It's True is an all-female verbatim courtroom drama. It restages the 1612 trial of baroque painter Agostino Tassi for the rape of his student Artemisia Gentileschi, taking inspiration from the court transcripts and Gentileschi's paintings. Swapping roles and genders, the performers blend history, myth and contemporary commentary in an intelligent and highly charged show. 


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Livestream archive

 

A digital archive of UK theatre and dance performance by small scale and fringe companies. Available to watch online for free.


Bubble by Kieran Hurley – performed by Theatre Uncut

 

Bubble is a simultaneous global theatrical debate, connecting live and online audiences across borders to discuss freedom of speech in the university community and the nature of online debate. Set entirely on Facebook and written in both text and emoji the play tracks the unexpected snowball of events following the moment a male lecturer calls a female student a slut. Watch until 23 April.


Sadler's Wells Digital Stage
 

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Sadler's Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops, to connect you to dance whilst live stages are dark.


Culture to Couch from Space Arts

 

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The Space support artists and arts organisations to reach audiences online. Their Culture to Couch initiative collates productions you can watch online from home.


National Theatre at home

 

 

The National Theatre are streaming a new production online every Thursday on YouTube, free to watch for a week.


Atomos by Studio Wayne McGregor

 

Bodies, movement, film, sound and light are atomised into miniature shards of intense sensation. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, Wayne McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense 70-minute film, performed by the dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style.

 


Staging Shiele by Shobana Jeyasingh

 

Staging Schiele is inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and self portraits, and scrutinises the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model. Four dancers inhabit Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, a world that puts the human body on visceral display.


European theatre to watch online from The Stage

 

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The Stage magazine have curated a list of current European theatre you can watch online from all across the continent.


Key Change by Open Clasp Theatre Company

 

 

Broadcast as part of a global campaign to end violence against women Key Change is an all-female prison drama from Newcastle's Open Clasp Theatre Company. It's devised by female prisoners in HMP Low Newton and based on their real life experiences. Raw, powerful and funny, it's an illuminating portrayal of the lives of women in a British prison and is a unique opportunity to hear their voices.


Antarctica The First Dance by Corey Baker

 

Filmed in temperatures ranging from -2.4 to -16°C over 12 demanding days on the ice, The First Dance is the first ever dance film on the world's last great wilderness. Created and directed by the award-winning New Zealand born choreographer Corey Baker, and performed by Royal New Zealand Ballet's Madeleine Graham, the film takes you across the stunning, yet demanding, ice planes of the southern continent to a soundtrack by London Grammar.

 

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