Theatre Online

What can you enjoy without leaving home?

Let's try a free taste of Shakespeare: https://www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources/online-performances from the Royal Shakspeare Company

Digital Theatre

Digital Theatre is a presenter of theatre works - plays, operas, musical events, and more. There are at least 80 performances available. It is an English site so the performances take place in the UK.

They say about themselves:

Digital Theatre brings the live theatre experience to your screen by instantly streaming the best theatre productions from around the world anytime, anywhere. Digital Theatre works in partnership with Britain's leading theatre companies to capture live performance authentically onscreen. Using multiple camera angles and high-definition technology, we bring the drama and emotion of each production to a global online audience. There are two ways to access Digital Theatre. For unlimited access to all our current and future productions, users can subscribe to Digital Theatre on a monthly basis. Alternatively, each production is available to rent online for 48 hours.

Digital Theatre is not free - you can join for £9.99 a month or pay by performance £7.99.

The list of productions is impressive: see https://www.digitaltheatre.com/consumer/productions

It is also possible to benefit from not just the performances but additional resources to help you enjoy them. These are intended for students but available to anyone.

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Cennarium

Cennarium is an American theatre publisher. The range of genres is wide, the costs about the same as for Theatre Online, and they offer gift cards - a great idea! See https://www.cennarium.com/ Cennarium offers a free 10 day trial and they have a festival that offers performances free for a week.

Cennarium includes circus performances - they are amazing. See https://www.cennarium.com/genre/circus/ There is some fascinating magic: see https://www.cennarium.com/genre/magic/ and documentaries. See https://www.cennarium.com/genre/documentary/

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What about Broadway? Been there?

You can subscribe to Broadway productions at https://www.broadwayhd.com/

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OperaVision

This site offers an interesting array of streaming operas from many countries around the world. It is part of a European project. There are operas and more. A typical example is La Traviata from the Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Norway: see https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/la-traviata#

It's interesting to look at the offering for younger viewers including an animation of how operas come together - see https://operavision.eu/en/library/making-opera/pop-opera# and use the automatic translation of the sub-titles.

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Drama Online

This site is for those actually engaged in theatre work - and study. See http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/

As the website says:

The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Our constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. Our unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

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The Globe Theatre

and what about a visit to one of the most famous theatres - Shakespeare's Globe: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour

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Upstart Crow

While we are thinking of Shakespeare, one of the funniest and, in fact inccredibly accurate, Shakespearean offerings is the series by David Mitchell et al from the BBC. The only way to find them is to search Google - there are two series and they will make you laugh til you cry - well, they did me.

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Free 'Radio' Plays (audio only)

Don't forget that you may want to listen to a play being read. A wonderful site is the LibriVox site - https://librivox.org/  People volunteer to read texts out loud and then the audio is available for download for free. This is obviously a great service for people with disabilities but we are all 'eyes-busy' when driving the car, for example. Librivox have an incredible range of offerings - the Shakespeare texts are just one set: https://librivox.org/search?q=shakespeare&search_form=advanced

LibriVox has dozens of files in the dramatic reading section: https://librivox.org/search?primary_key=7&search_category=genre&search_page=1&search_form=get_results