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How you can bring the theatre to your home

April 16, 2021

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How you can bring the theatre to your home

Are you missing the theatre? For some of us, a trip of the theatre is a ritual we enjoy at least once a season – if not a month! The pandemic has meant that for most of us, we haven’t stepped inside a theatre for over a year. Like everything, the industry has had to adapt to the changing world around us and find a new way of inviting guests into their legendary venues. Not only can you bring the theatre to your own home, but you can also support the institutions at the same time. You get to enjoy a slice of theatre and the know that you get to help make sure those theatres are still there in the post-pandemic world.

Check Out Your Streaming Platforms

As a way of bringing in some much-needed revenue, several theatres have licensed some of their digital copies of prior performances to streaming platforms like Netflix. You can watch the Royal Ballet performing Nutcracker on Netflix. The streaming service also offers you film adaptions of recent musicals, including West Side Story and everyone’s favourite musical film La La Land. Disney+ infamously landed the rights to Hamilton last year, bringing the original Broadway cast production to the small screen. BBC iPlayer has also gained the rights to several largely hyped about theatre productions, such as Uncle Vanya, which briefly appeared at the Harold Pinter Theatre. 

Dive Into The Archives

Another way you can bring the theatre into your home is to dive deep into the archives of your favourite theatres. These theatre companies have opened up their archives, allowing you to watch rare performances by celebrities you would usually never get a chance of seeing on the stage. The National Theatre at Home archive allows you to watch Helen Mirren in Phedre and Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus. 

If Shakespeare is more to your taste, you can look into the Globe’s archives with their Globe Player service. This pay-as-you-go service allows you to buy or rent a variety of productions from the legendary London theatre. If you want to see a live production, check out the Sydney Opera House’s ‘From Our House to Yours’ program of events and talks, including concerts, which allow you to feel like you’re back at a live performance. 

Buy a Ticket to a Virtual Show

When you go the theatre, you’re used to buying a ticket (which may have cost a small fortune!) and treating yourself to a glass or two of win. Theatres like the Royal Opera House London are running a list of performances that you can buy access to for a short period of time. They’re releasing new productions almost weekly, allowing you access to them for as little as £3. Other theatres are still running livestreams of previous productions, requesting a small donation be made in lieu of access. You want to make sure you’re giving something back to your favourite theatres by donating where possible, especially when you’re watching their digital catalogue.

How are you bringing the theatre into your home? What production do you want to see first then the theatres re-open?



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