We may have had to temporarily close our doors but if you’re looking for your theatre fix there are a host of theatre companies and artists providing their work for free online.
Our very own Homemakers is on sale now, and if you want even more theatrical treats here’s a comprehensive list of theatre productions you can watch online for free.
We’ll also be adding to this list as more content becomes available.
We are delighted to be partnering with Complicité to broadcast The Encounter online. The show, described as ‘a tour de force’ by Financial Times and ‘one of the most fully-immersive theatre pieces ever created’ by New York Times played sold out runs at London’s Barbican theatre in 2016 and 2017 but on Friday 15 May at 7pm the show will be available online and you can watch it here for free.
Our friends at the Royal Court bring their acclaimed production Cyprus Avenue to the small screen for World Theatre Day. The film is available now on the link above and will be online for one month. Please note this production is 18+
imitating the dog
Imitating the dog were due to bring Night of the Living Dead – Remix to HOME and it’s now available to watch online as the company release a new show each Friday.
The Time of Your Life
If you enjoyed Gecko’s a little space earlier this year then check out the company’s 2015 show The Time of Your Life filmed for the BBC. It follows an ordinary man desperate to make human interaction in a digital world. I think we can all relate right now.
Kieran Hurley’s new play is an online theatre performance by eight actors in different countries who have never met. It’s explosive, experimental and a timely piece of theatre.
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True
This stark award-winning production visited HOME back in 2019 and is now available to watch in full online. Click here to stream now.
Emma Rice’s exuberant adaptation visited HOME in 2019 and is now on iPlayer to watch again as part of the BBC’s new Culture in Quarantine initiative alongside productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bryony Kimmings and The Almeida.
Emma Rice’s company has also added a new video online all about the production and how it was made here.
Actors Touring Company are now, unfortunately unable to bring Amsterdam to HOME this spring but they are sharing the play online for free right now via the link above. The play follows a pregnant violinst in her Amsterdam apartment who one day receives a gas bill from 1944. This strikingly original and audacious play recreates devastating stories of the past in a bid to make sense of the present.
Other theatre we love
Since U Been Gone
Teddy Lamb’s latest production has been postponed due to the outbreak so as a treat he’s added a stream of his hit 2019 Edinburgh show Since U Been Gone to YouTube.
Hampstead Theatre have teamed up with the Guardian to offer three plays each week on their website. This week learn about the classic ideologies of the Miners’ Strike in Wonderland – an epic and witty play by Beth Steel.
West End Hits
Royal Shakespeare Company
(Photo by Manuel Harlan for RSC)
To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) the BBC have uploaded six RSC plays including Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston and Hamlet with Paapa Essiedu.
Who didn’t love Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag? Soho’s production sold out again, and again, and again, but now they’re putting the most recent theatre production online from just £4.
National Theatre Live
The National Theatre have been live streaming their performances to HOME for many years and are now offering some of their best work for free via YouTube.
Every Thursday at 7pm a new play will be released and then available for the following seven days. This includes Antony and Cleopatra, Barber Shop Chronicles, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus and A Streetcar Named Desire.
We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received since announcing our temporary closure due to the coronavirus update. This is a difficult time, and we appreciate everyone who has asked how they can help. If you are receiving a refund due to cancellation of a show, please consider being one of the many people who have turned this refund into a donation, if you can afford to do so. And please do add Gift Aid if you can – this means we can claim 25% more, without any additional cost to you. If you would like to make a one-off donation, you can do so via our Response Fund here: https://homemcr.org/about/support/donations/