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 at Home (£) – The all-new streaming service offering unforgettable British theatre available to watch anytime, anywhere. You can choose to subscribe or pay for a single play.
  • 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. 
  • 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/£) – Stream productions and videos of Shakespeare plays from the comfort of your home, via Globe Player and YouTube, plus explore other video projects and online events.
  • The Old Vic (free) – Thanks to the generosity of all the casts, creatives and companies involved, a selection of full length Old Vic archive recordings of selected productions since Matthew Warchus became Artistic Director in 2015 will be hosted for free on The Old Vic’s YouTube channel.

Musicals

Ballet, Opera and Dance

  • Royal Opera House – Stream opera and ballet content online from their house to yours while stages are closed.
  • Sadler Wells – Digital Stage – A programme of full-length dance performances, films and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world.
  • Northern Ballet – A dance film platform showcases all the ways you can watch Northern Ballet in the digital world.
  • Cirque du Soleil – CirqueConnect – “An escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favourite videos will transport you.”

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

Here is a list of events, activities and workshops 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!
  • 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