Streaming options for theatre lovers
List of performance streams
Watch Live Theatre at Home
Missing your favourite comedians? Stream their past gigs on A-List VOD! These full-length comedy shows are available to rent or buy on the A-List Entertainment website.
While Arts Centre Melbourne’s curtains are drawn, the show will go on with a series of free archival recordings and digital experiences in their digital program Together with You, available on their website.
At Home with Ballet TV is The Australian Ballet’s 2020 Digital Season, featuring a hand-picked selection of their most beloved and inspiring ballets. Each ballet will be available to stream for two weeks at a time on the Australian Ballet’s website.
Australian Theatre Live on iView. Check out Australian Theatre Live’s recordings of great Australian productions including Michael Gow’s Away, Mary Rachel Brown’s The Dapto Chaser and David Williamson’s Emerald City on iView, with more performances to be released in the coming weeks.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have made a number of full length concerts available on YouTube including performances of Scheherazade, Schumann, Beethoven and more.
Each day at 10:30AM AEST, The Metropolitan Opera will release a different encore presentation from its Live in HD series for free streaming on its website for 23 hours. The schedule will include complete performances from the past 14 years, starring all the opera’s greatest singers.
From our House to yours is Sydney Opera House’s new digital program of weekly live recordings, full length performances and never-before-seen footage, as well as podcasts, articles, videos and more.
Sydney Theatre Company Virtual features a series of play excerpts, poetry and prose readings and monologues from iconic Australian performers including Tim Minchin, Mia Wasikowska and more.
The Lockdown Monologues by Malthouse Theatre is a three-part series of live online performances capturing the experiences of people living through the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. Register now to receive the first streaming link on 3 June.
Brisbane’s The Tivoli will be curating a series of live-streamed concerts, in-conversation events and more as part of their Shutdown Series. The gigs will be live-streamed on Facebook at various times. View the first video in the series with Sahara Beck here.
The Little Red Company
The IsoLate Late Show is a live concert series raising money for Queensland’s creative workforce, streaming live from 8pm every Friday on The Little Red Company Facebook page. Tune in for sets from Australia’s best musicians, music theatre stars and performers, hosted by The Voice alumni Luke Kennedy and Naomi Price.
Critical Stages Touring
Itching for even more online arts experiences? Critical Stages have a breakdown of streaming theatre and cabaret, as well as educational resources and opportunities for artists, on their website
Experience some of Opera Australia‘s grandest productions from the comfort of your own home for free with Opera Australia On Demand, available on Opera Australia’s website.
Streamed from multiple cameras directly from The Street theatre on 5-7 June, St Nicholas is an eccentric, gothic tale of bloodlust, vampires and theatre critics. Book online through The Street’s website; tickets are free but donations to The Street are appreciated.
Broadway HD, an online service providing access to full-length Broadway productions on-demand, is offering a weeklong free trial to new customers. Shows available on Broadway HD include Orlando Bloom’s run in Romeo and Juliet, Falsettos, Swan Lake, She Loves Me and more.
This famous New York City live music and performance venue have launched a FREE streaming initiative, Joe’s Pub Live! From the Archives. They are streaming archived performances every weekend.
Keep up to date with upcoming live streams here or check out their previous streams in the series:
Cuban jazz musician Roberto Fonseca
Vocalist, songwriter and musical theatre composer Michelle Rodriguez’s project MICHA Música In Transit
Singer, actress and comedian Tori Scott in Tori Scott is Overserved
Outrageously queer and gender-bending concert experience Migguel Anggelo: LatinXOXO
All-female power-house Middle Eastern Jewish ensemble, Divahn
Hear Her Song, a musical celebration of women
Musical variety show Thurber Theater
Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and centre with streaming programs including:
archival footage, home-made footage, documentaries and previous broadcasts.
Paris Opera will be releasing shows from its archives for streaming on its website, including world famous operas, ballets, chamber music concerts and masterclasses for budding opera singers.
The Royal Opera House will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions.
Peter and The Wolf, the Royal Ballet 2010
Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009
Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera,
The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013
Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013
The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a full-length, smash-hit music once a week on YouTube for 48 hours. The musicals will be released 5am on Saturdays.
International touring company Complicité will be broadcasting their immersive performance of The Encounter, which follows the true story of a National Geographic photographer who finds himself lost in a remote valley in Brazil. Watch this stunning production on their website from 15 – 22 May. Headphones essential!
For the whole family
AYTP On Demand is a free platform which offers world class productions of Australian stories, tailored specifically to each age bracket of young Australians (aged 8 – 18), as well as drama classes, curriculum links, and interactive learning resources. All you need is an education email account (your school-aged child should have one of these!) to sign up on their website.
In addition to their performance video content, Lincoln Centre are also offering a daily pop-up classroom for children and families
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has launched TCT Everywhere, a collection of full performances, study guides, podcasts and craft projects for children, available on their website.
Windmill at Home is a new online platform for kids and families that includes storybooks read by Windmill performers, full Windmill Pictures films, interactive journeys, work-out videos, craft activities and more.
NEED TO KNOW
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