Show Stoppers Column: Stream shows to your living room

Cara Lee explains how we can get our movie musical fix on some of the most popular streaming services, plus live theatre shows to watch online.

With all the shutdowns due to the current circumstances, it may seem like there’s not much stagey stuff for theatre fans to entertain themselves with at the moment – but there’s actually still a lot out there!

First of all, some of the most popular streaming services have tons of movie musicals to enjoy. Netflix, for example, has a wide range of films, from older classics like West Side Story to newer ones like Les Misérables, La La Land and even the live version of Grease which aired on TV a few years back.

Similarly, the fairly recently launched Disney+ doesn’t just have the animated classics – it also has both the stage and film versions of Newsies, as well as Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, Disney Channel films like High School Musical and a whole load more.

And that’s not all – with no other way of providing content to audiences, a lot of theatre groups have been streaming shows live recently, completely for free.

For example, starting in early April, The National Theatre has been streaming a show a week every Thursday night, with it being available for the next seven days.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is also streaming his musicals for free on a YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On. Featured shows will include Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, so be sure to check the channel out!

If you’re looking for something a bit more high-brow, Royal Opera House are also jumping on the streaming bandwagon, with available productions including Handel’s Acis and Galatea and the Royal Ballet’s The Metamorphosis.

Many theatres will of course be struggling in this time and some may be wondering how you can support them.

The easiest ways are donations (maybe consider not asking for a refund for cancelled shows?) and keeping engaged with the content they are able to produce.

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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