Celebrate World Theatre Day: 5 shows to watch from your sofa
Since it was initiated by the International Theatre Institute in 1961 World Theatre Day is marked around the world on 27th March every year – a global celebration of the importance of theatre.
Obviously 2020's World Theatre Day is tinged with sadness as due to the coronavirus lockdown all UK theatres are shut and many around the world are too.
But ever resourceful and creative, theatres around the globe are increasingly offering screenings of productions online. Here's what Herald arts is planning to watch.
1 One Man Two Guvnors, National Theatre Starting next Thursday, the NT are streaming four great productions in April starting with One Man Two Guvnors starring James Corden (we're not big fans but he is meant to be brilliant in this). Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night follow.
2 Much Ado About Nothing, RSC
The RSC are taking part in the BBC's Culture in Quarantine initiative, making available six of their productions free to watch on the BBCiPlayer. They include Romeo and Juliet (2018), Othello (2015), Much Ado About Nothing (2014), Hamlet (2016), Macbeth (2018) and The Merchant of Venice (2015). Herald arts has seen and loved them all expect Much Ado, so that's number one on our list. Broadcasts dates to be announced. RSC shows are also available now to watch at Marquee TV which is currently offering a 30-day free trial.
3 Funny Girl, Menier Chocolate Factory
If you're after a bit of musical theatre you will love this. Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice in this much lauded production. You can buy and watch online at digitaltheatre.com for £7.99 or they offer a subscription service
4 The Crucible, The Old Vic
This 2014 production directed by Yaël Farber and starred Richard Armitage garnered five star reviews all round. You can buy and watch online at digitaltheatre.com for £7.99 or they offer a subscription service
5 The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
As lockdown bizarrely feels a bit Christmassy (hoarding food, stuck at home with the family) why not go the whole hog with a festive-feeling Nutcracker. The Royal Ballet's production is unsurprisingly lush and sublime.Watch it at Marquee TV which is currently offering a 30-day free trial.