The global pandemic has us stuck at home and while we – thankfully – have Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, and co. to entertain us in quarantine, there is also a lot we have to miss out on. Besides social interactions, we also have to miss out on going to the movie theaters to watch the new movie releases or seeing our favorite Broadway and West End shows, respectively, live.
Luckily, our favorite streaming services and then some more have made a few past Broadway and West End shows available to stream, in order to get us through the isolation. Fans are being transported to the audience of the biggest shows and watch fan favorites like David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden and many more shine on stage.
Let’s have a closer look at the different streaming services available:
The National Theatre in London will start to stream a selection of their recorded shows on their youtube channel, starting on April 2 with Richard Bean’s play One Man Two Guvnors, which starred James Cordon. The production also transferred to Broadway and Cordon took home Tony Award for it, which makes it a definite must-watch!
Other productions that have been announced include: Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, which will air on April 9, Byrony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island, which starred Arthur Darvill and which will air on April 16, and Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig, will air on April 23.
Additional productions will be announced at a later date. All the productions will be free and screened live every Thursday at 7:00 PM (GMT+2) and will then be available on-demand for seven days on the NT’s YouTube channel.
Another opportunity to watch your favorite Broadway and West End stars is given to you by The Actors Fund. They are hosting miniature Broadway shows every day at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM ET on their youtube channel. Stars include Audra McDonald, Ramin Karimloo, Kristin Chenoweth, Keala Settle and many more. It’s a fun way to see your favorites making their most of the quarantine!
There are also a few streaming services not free of charge that offer a variety of different plays and musicals for you to enjoy every day:
Broadway HD offers a large range of productions from New York City and London and offers its viewers new content every month. Titles include Cats: The Musical, as well as Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashād, and Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman.
Broadway HD offers a 7-day free trial and its monthly membership is $8.99.
The well-loved streaming platform Netflix also has a huge variety of stage productions available. One of the must-see productions is Bruce Springsteen’s one-man Broadway show from 2018. Additionally, Netflix offers different movie adaptations of musicals, including Les Miserable, Jersey Boys, Burlesque, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Hairspray.
Amazon Prime subscribers also have a chance to watch a few Broadway shows. While fans are still waiting for the recording of Hamilton to be released, they can watch Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway, which tells the story of the hit show and includes interviews with Lin Manuel Miranda and members of the cast. Other offerings include: Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Les Miserables, and Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy.
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