Not the usual way we’d all like to be spending World Theatre Day, but if you do want to mark it in some form then there are plenty of creative options available.
The National Theatre is due to begin a series of NT Live streaming events on YouTube; they will take place every Thursday at 7pm and the shows will remain online to view on demand for a week.
What to do on World Theatre Day
If you love your sonnets then Twitter is where you should be: Jermyn Street Theatre are currently running The Sonnet Project, and Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to reading one of Shakespeare’s sonnets each day (#ASonnetADay).
Brand new musical concept album #ZoologicalSociety is now available to stream or download (you can also buy the sheet music). Royal & Derngate have commissioned a series of new musicals for 2020-21, and this is the first one; written by Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew, #ZoologicalSociety features performances from well-known West End names such as Natasha Barnes, Arthur Darvill, Lucie Jones, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Sharon D Clarke, Tyrone Huntley, Louise Dearman, and Jason Manford. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra provide accompaniment. Be warned, though it may appear cute & cuddly this is most definitely a show for adults!
Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café continue their run of #LeaveALightOn online concerts this afternoon, with Danielle Steers at 2.30pm, Steph Parry at 4.30pm, and Alice Fearn at 6.30pm. Tickets are available to purchase up to an hour before each performance – you will then receive a link to the livestream approximately half an hour before the concert begins.
The Barn Theatre’s excellent production of Henry V, starring Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels, will be streaming on their YouTube, Facebook & Twitter pages from 6pm tonight. If (for some reason) you need convincing, check out my review from last year for a full run-down on the production – then join me as I attempt to tweet some interesting facts & quotes as the show goes on. Do also read about #SAVEOURBARN, as the theatre has just celebrated its second anniversary and is looking to the future following this crisis.
In between these excellent offerings, why not catch up with the first two in the #ShowMustGoOnline series: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (19 March) and The Taming of the Shrew (26 March)?
Any Other Business
With no live events to attend, it’s important to find a variety of different things to watch, read or listen to over the next few weeks – to distract yourself from the ongoing situation, if nothing else.
Blog post: Love London Love Culture’s response to current events
Book: Dead Famous (Greg Jenner)
CD: Sunsets & Full Moons (The Script)
Podcast: Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
DVD: Good Omens
TV shows: Friday Night Dinner series 6 (Channel 4), The English Game (Netflix), The Nest (BBC One), The Trip To Greece (Sky One)
“This wide and universal theatre presents more woeful pageants than the scene wherein we play in.”
Duke Senior, As You Like It (William Shakespeare)
Week one of The Show Must Go Online: The Two Gentlemen of Verona.