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Top Theatre Live-Streams Bringing the Stage to your Living Room

Emma Bouloudis

For those of us theatre buffs in need of a room with a view, there is a virtual smorgasbord emerging daily as the biggest and brightest make every effort to keep actors treading the boards as we spread out on the sofa.

Leave a Light On

Lambert Jackson is bringing us a quick on the trigger push to keep West End stars in the spotlight during theatre closures with its new production Leave a Light On, a series of ‘intimate, piano vocal concerts’ streamed live from their Theatre Café and straight through your screen. Kicking off from next Monday, three 45-minute shows will be aired every day, with billed names including Bad Education’s Layton Williams and Olivier nominated Aimie Atkinson, as well as a troupe of up-and-coming performers waiting in the wings. 

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Viral Monologues

The 24 Hour Plays have been bringing us theatre under the stopwatch since 1995, giving actors and writers one day to produce plays that are fresh, edgy, and downright brilliant. Some are poignant some are delightfully daft, and the offerings so far have included Arrested Development’s David Brent calling ‘ahoy there!’ from inside his bathtub dressed like Captain Birdseye, and SNL topliner Rachel Dratch mixing up homemade Bacardi hand sanitizers. Cheers to that.

The Cosmic Shambles

What do Stephen Merchant, Sara Pascoe, and Joe Brand have in common? They’re all about to make you laugh your self-isolating socks off. Branded a ‘stay at home festival’ of convos and comedy nights, the Cosmic Shambles will be packaging a bumper crop of British witticism straight to your doorstep. The shows will steam on a near daily basis, with some shows bidaily, as well as making those you might have missed available to catch up later.

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The Show Must Go Online

The Twittersphere has been reminding us recently that Shakespeare wrote some of his best works whilst shut up indoors during a plague, and Robert Myles new brainchild is showing similar quick-witted creativity. The Show Must Go Online rallies actors together, both established and amateur, for an en masse reading of the works of William Shakespeare streamed live on YouTube. The shows have already begun so get your pantaloons on, find yourself a skull to hold, and start streaming! 
All the Web’s a Stage

For those of us quarantined but conscious to support the arts and theatre during this challenging time, tune in to All the Web’s a Stage a live fundraiser for actors, writers, dancers, and everyone in between who will be feeling the squeeze. launching on National Shakespeare Day, and with performers on the roll call including Danny Mac, Jodie Prenger, and La Voix, it’s set to be a visual feast of cabaret, comedy, and theatre.

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