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Here are 10 of the best theatre and dance to stream on the world wide web this month under lockdown and how to tune in (times are GMT & Eastern Daylight). Some are small projects and some are big-budget, multicamera ventures. Some are free and some are not, but they all remind us why the arts matter.
by Joshua Harmon
Starring: Gideon Glick, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lindsay Mendez, Luke Smith and Barbara Barrie, Directed by Trip Cullman
Jordan Berman’s best friends all are setting a date…and he can’t even get one. Now when he needs brunch plans, emergency dating advice, or just someone to commiserate and eat carbs with, he has to compete for attention with their new significant others. He’s so happy for them, but Jordan struggles to keep up with how fast everyone else is changing.
May 14, 2020 at 8pm ET
by David Mamet
Starring: John Malkovich, Patti LuPone, Dylan Baker, Ethan Phillips, Michael Nichols, Directed by David Mamet
Set a few days before the election, NOVEMBER follows the misadventures of a day in the life of U.S. president Charles Smith.
For one night only May 7, 2020 at 8pm ET
By A.R. Gurney.
Starring: Bryan Cranston and Sally Field, Directed by Jerry Zaks
An unforgettably funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. As they defy a fate that schemed to keep them apart and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. One night only livestream on May 21, 2020 at 8pm ET
The Homebound Project, starring actors such as Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black- will run for five weeks starting May 6 and will feature three editions of new, short theatre pieces that will air for four days. Each edition consists of 10 short pieces (two to five minutes long) on the same theme — starting with “home” then moving to “sustenance.” Future themes are yet to be announced.
Tickets start from $10 per edition, all proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.
BroadwayHD May 15 to 22
The National Theatre presents its At Home program, streaming shows on Thursdays at 7pm and then available for seven days. Right now, you can catch both versions of Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein,” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature. On Thursday, it will be replaced by “Antony and Cleopatra,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.
At Home program Through May 14
The Oedipus Project
On Thursday at 7 p.m., Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright, Frankie Faison and John Turturro will read scenes from the Sophocles tragedy “Oedipus Rex,” in which a mad monarch confronts both a plague and thorny family issues. The performance — presented by Theater of War Productions, which specializes in drawing connections between classic texts and contemporary issues — will be followed by a moderated discussion with audience members.
The event is free but registration is required. 7 May at 7 p.m ET
Sadler’s Wells presents an online programme, Digital Stage, offering Friday night performances on Facebook that remain available for a week. On 15 May it showcases stunning choreography and design, Moon Water a beautifully meditative work from founding director Lin Hwai-min.
Available on Facebook – see Digital Stages for Guide and Times.
Rosie Kay’s Fantasia
A dance show made for watching during lockdown. Fantasia’s, choreographer Rosie Kay has set out to find pure joy and beauty through movement. Created with input from neuroscientists, the one-hour show is available online on 8 and 13 May on YouTube. You can watch alongside the performers and creative team, with a post show Q&A.
8 and 13 May on YouTube
Ballet Black’s atmospheric 2019 creation Ingoma was inspired by the 1946 South African miners’ strike. Choreographed by dancer Mthuthuzeli November, it’s an enthralling production that was nominated for an Olivier award. Available on YouTube until 10 May.
Carlos Acosta reworks The Dying Swan (originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova), BRB principal dancer Céline Gittens performs the piece from her living room. Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygne, from Le Carnaval des Animaux, is performed by pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais.
Watch our very special performance of The Swan. Introduced by Carlos Acosta, this “dance about life, about hope” features pianist Jonathan Higgins, cellist António Novais and Principal Céline Gittens.#HOMEFROMHOME #CULTURE IN QUARANTINE pic.twitter.com/RwlCXTZQNN
— Birmingham Royal Ballet (@BRB) April 8, 2020