Coronavirus Lockdown: The Stage Comes To You

Credit: Tristram Kenton

The National Theatre Live initiative brought live performances from theatres into local cinemas for those unable to get tickets or to get to the theatres in which the performances were taking place.

During the Coronavirus lockdown, the theatres and cinemas have all had to close their doors.

But that’s not the end of theatre – many are instead bringing theatre right into your home, by streaming shows free on various platforms.

If musical theatre is your thing, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will be showing a selection on his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The service starts on April 3rd from 7 pm, with the 2000 production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.

Each show will stream for 48 hours. A new show will start each Friday. The 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles and Melanie C, will start on April 10th, with further shows to be announced.

While these shows are free, viewers are being encouraged to make donations to various theatrical charities.

The National Theatre is also using YouTube for its National Theatre At Home service during April. First up, starting on Friday 3rd April, is James Corden in One Man, Two Govnors, available till April 9th.

From April 9th to April 16th is the dynamic 2017 production of Jane Eyre starring Nadia Clifford in the title role. From the 16th to the 23rd is Treasure Island, and from 23rd to 30th is Twelfth Night.

Any donations to National Theatre can be made at the above link.

The Globe Theatre is also streaming a selection of plays and features during the lockdown on, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

More information about theatre offerings online during the lockdown can be found here at

Carolyn Hucker