As you will be aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many theatres, cinemas and places of entertainment are currently closed for an extended period of time.

Throughout the Arts World, there has been a huge collective effort to maintain access to the arts to all, either through online streaming of productions, operas, musicals, workshops and classes. These have been put on by venues ranging from the National Theatre and Royal Opera House in London to more local venues such as the Oxford Playhouse and Pegasus.

We have found the sheer amount and variety of performances and activities can sometimes be quite confusing and difficult to navigate. We have therefore tried to bring as many of these together on this page in order to try and make it easier to navigate.

Whilst the majority of these are free, they are only available to a limited period of time and the screening offers might change. A few of those listed below are either pay per view or subscriptions which we have indicated with a ‘£’ sign.

If you come across any arts activities that might be of interest to others, please email us on boxoffice@abingdon.org.uk so that we can add them to this page.

Stay safe and take care,

The Amey Theatre Team

(Please note, this collection is as we have come across and found information online or in articles, we can not be responsible for the content on these sites. We recommend that the suggested age guidance, where applicable, is followed).

Online Streaming:

Theatre

  • National Theatre Collection (free/£) – includes 30 high-quality productions, available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. 
  • RSC – At Home with Shakespeare (free/£) – a selection of online resources and screenings of previous productions (including a link to a 30 day free trial on Marquee TV). There will also be links to free broadcasts on the BBC. RSC actors are performing 90 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, which are regularly published on YouTube.
  • Soho Theatre on Demand (free/£) – Experience the very best shows filmed live at Soho Theatre, London’s most vibrant producer of new theatre, comedy and cabaret.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe (free/£) – Rent or purchase productions from their Globe Player. A couple of productions are available to watch free on BBC iPlayer.
  • Wise Children’s Lockdown – the digital home of Wise Children (the new theatre company of award winning Emma Rice) during the lockdown. Weekly podcasts available. 
  • The Old Vic – There is a series of online activities and archived performances on their Your Old Vic page. Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol will be performed live from their auditorium and streamed to homes across the world.
  • Dazed New World Festival – 12 – 24 October. This live-streamed festival from Applecart Arts brings together dozens of productions, highlighting issues of inequality and environmental concern, while imagining a brighter future for the planet.
  • Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked – 21 October – 9 November. Nottingham Playhouse ‘unlocks’ the doors for the first time since their closure in March, to host an exciting and eclectic festival of live and live-streamed shows.

Musicals

  • The Wind in the Willows – The Musical (£) – a recording of the musical in the West End.
  • Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – This improv group live streamed one of their  custom-made, never-to-be-repeated improv musical on Facebook.
  • Hamilton (£) – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal, Pulitzer prize-winning musical about the “10-dollar founding father without a father”. Now available through the Disney+ streaming service.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (£) – Enjoy one of the world’s most successful shows, presented at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. Available to rent on Amazon.

Ballet, Opera and Dance

Activities and Workshops

Workshops

  • Sadler Wells – Family Dance Workshops for young families and Company of Elders workshops for older audiences. 
  • Kiln Insight – A programme of ways for you to keep in touch, learn more about, and get involved in our artistic output. From exclusive interviews, webinars and filmed content, there’s something for everyone. This website is update regularly so keep checking back!

Activities

For Children

There is a list of events, activities and workshops here specifically for with children in mind. Some of these are repeated in the other categories.

Performances

Workshops and Activities

  • Sadler Wells – have created a series of Family Dance Workshops on their YouTube channel.
  • RSC – Home Learning – a series of resources and lessons on all things Shakespeare.
  • The Royal Opera House – Learning Platform -The Royal Opera House have developed an online platform with large numbers of lessons and home learning activities including building your own Royal Opera House stage!
  • Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo – Kids and their grownups worldwide have been learning incredible beatboxing skills, finding their true voice and creating songs of their own. It’s a global experiment in music and technology! They’re also aiming to raise £2,500 for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Foundation.  They have superstar guests to inspire you every week including Basement Jaxx, Bastille, Bill Bailey, KT Tunstall, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha. The weekly lessons have now finished but you can still watch them!
  • Madame Kalamazoo’s Magical Mail – Madame Kalamazoo is a mysterious storyteller who arrived from the Blue Moon at the start of lockdown. She writes funny daily stories for children and will send them to you for free via the National Theatre by email. The magical thing about her stories is that they have your children in them as the main characters!

Other (e.g. Banff Mountain Film Festival)

  • Photo Credit: Pete Wyllie

    Banff Mountain Film Festival – The team have shared their favourite adventure podcasts for us to enjoy!

  • ATOM Society – The ATOM Society have moved their programme of talks, lectures and seminars online. More information can be found here
  • USER NOT FOUND – An immersive video podcast by Dante or Die theatre company about what happens to our online identities after we die.

A little bit of everything