George Maguire

Nothing beats a packed arena. You prepare and ply yourself and others with small talk, nibbles, drinks, anticipation and tales of the cast that you are about experience. The plot thickens. Live theatre is a beast of post-cognitive-revolution-human-culture yet sadly, it cannot currently happen. However, like food (reference recent chef box piece) – the show can and must go on. Our TV and laptop screens are now widening their roles in daily life, taking us from our homes to the best theatres in the world…
Think of it this way – everyone gets front row seats?
1. The Bristol Old Vic (link here)

A Christmas Carol featuring Jack Thorne. The Bristol Old Vic. Tickets Here

A legendary establishment, leading independent not-for-profit theatre and a pretty good eatery to boot, it’s a real shame that the Old Vic isn’t currently open. Whist you can’t visit during the lockdown; you can instead watch a variety of shows online (Old Vic: In Camera Series) including Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – performed live in Bristol and streamed to viewers across the globe.  Directed by Matthew Warchus (also of renditions of Groundhog Day and Matilda) this a perfect evening event for the festive season and a great way to support an iconic venue in a pressing time.
Price: beginning at £40.00.
When: From 12th December till 24th December. 
Tickets here

2. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (link here)

Swan Lake stage. Image via video producers New Adventures. Link here.

Choreographed by Matthew Bourne and recorded at Sadler’s Wells in London’s Clerkenwell, Swan Lake(2019) has never been available to stream digitally. Brought online in a series titled New Adventures (also including Cinderella) Swan Lake’s all-male ensemble ballet depicts a fresh take on the 1995 original with its subversive story of a Prince (Liam Mower) enthralled in love, interfamily coldness and tragedy. Enjoy this meticulous production of Tchaikovsky’s tale by renting or by purchasing.
Price: Rent for £5.99 on Vimeo
When: Available now. 
Tickets: here

3. Disney’s ‘Tangled: The Musical’ (link here)

Disney’s Tangled: The Musical. Link via Disney here.

Did you know that Disney Cruise ships put on Broadway-style live musicals? I didn’t. To their credit, Disney have decided to release (for free) the full stage recording of Tangled: The Musical on YouTube. Following the throes of Rapunzel’s (Elisha Ainsley) classic lost princess story, watch this feat of modern-day engineering and planning (stage productions are surely more difficult at sea!). A great one for young kids and familes. 
Price: Free. 
When: now
Watch: here

4. Shakespeare’s Globe - Romeo and Juliet (link here)

Shakespeare’s Globe – Romeo & Juliet. Image from website. Link here.

One of London’s iconic cultural landmarks; Shakespeare Globe has been haemorrhaging cash in the year of COVID (losing 2 million a month in lost ticket sales income). Despite this, they have insisted on putting out a free recording of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet online. Capturing the charm and charisma of the historic site and the energy of the stellar performance, this production is available for free on YouTube. Enjoy 90 minutes of this classic family-street-brawl turned romantic tragedy from the comfort of your home. Make sure to watch in HD!
If you feel like donating and supporting the Globe, you can here.  
When: Available now until Feb half term 2021
Price: free
Watch: here



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