10 best theater performances to stream at home now

Covid may have pulled down the curtain on live stage productions, but that hasn’t stopped the stage from coming to us. Theater venues around the world have dug into their archives to present pre-recorded productions for culture-starved viewers. Some have gone a step further to bring live performances straight to our small screens through the magic of livestreaming.

Here, we round up some upcoming shows that will be available to stream, as well as some iconic performances from some of the world’s best known venues.


1) The Metropolitan Opera

The Met Opera

Sit back and experience live performances from some of opera’s most compelling stars with The Met Stars Live in Concert series. The series of pay-per-view recitals features exclusive solo and duo performances from greats such as Angel Blue and Sonya Yoncheva against a backdrop of majestic locations around the world such as a former abbey in Bavaria, a Norwegian castle, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a church in Wales and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C.

The full schedule of live concerts is online. Each concert runs for 75 minutes and remains available on demand for 14 days.

Tickets: $20
Dates: Check online for schedule
Online: www.metopera.org
Instagram: instagram.com/metopera


2) BroadwayHD

Broadway / Shutterstock

Get your front-row tickets to hit theatrical shows with BroadwayHD, a streaming service aimed at theater lovers. From Tony-Award-winning blockbusters and your favorite musicals, to classic Shakespeare and ballet, theater fans are spoiled for choice with more than 300 professionally filmed live performances from across the world’s theater-land, including NYC’s Broadway and London’s West End.

With new shows added every month, there’s plenty of variety for you to watch your favorite shows when you want, where you want.

Subscription: $8.99 a month – the first week is free for new subscribers
: broadwayhd.com
Instagram: instagram.com/broadwayhd/


3) Lollipop Theatre

Lollipop theatre

The UAE’s premiere children’s production company, Lollipop Productions, has taken the show on the virtual road. The group will broadcast its shows live, sparking imagination and keeping kids entertained. Professional actors, magicians and puppeteers bring to life kids’ classics through colorful sets and vibrant costumes. The current run includes, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man and Puss in Boots, with other productions in the pipeline. 

Online: lollipoptheatre.com

4) London Mozart Players 

Orchestra / Shutterstock

Treat yourself to a double concerto special with pianist/conductor Howard Shelley presenting Mozart’s beautifully composed Piano Concerto No. 6, along with Moscheles’ Piano Concerto 1. Lively, intense and deeply expressive, the Mozart composition will pierce your soul with spirited finesse that only Howard Shelley can direct.

While Moscheles is a relative unknown, the distinguished piano virtuoso was highly regarded for his significant musical impact. Performed in St John’s Smith Square’s stunning baroque surroundings, the concert promises to bring stylistic elegance to masterful classics.

Tickets: £8
Dates: Livestreamed on 26 May and available to view until 25 November 2021
Online: londonmozartplayers.com
Instagram: instagram.com/londonmozartplayers/


5) Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House / Shutterstock

It’s doubtful that many of us will get the chance to visit Sydney’s renowned Opera House this year, but that’s okay – the House can come to you. In addition to award-winning pre-recorded content, a variety of live performances are also available to stream for audiences of all ages.

A full digital program is available online and includes one of Australia’s most captivating cabaret stars, Paul Capsis; the Sydney Youth Orchestra performing a classical concert aimed at children; and even a virtual PopUp Sing workshop, hosted by Sydney Philharmonic Choirs.

Date: Check online schedule
Online: sydneyoperahouse.com
Instagram: instagram.com/sydneyoperahouse/


 6) Live jazz at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, San Diego

Billy Childs / Ray Naik

Multi-Grammy-award-winning pianist-composer Billy Childs performs live jazz at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in San Diego, in a duo performance with bassist Dave Robaire.

As one of the most prolific and acclaimed music artists, Childs will perform from his canon of original compositions and arrangements that have won him five Grammys (with 16 nominations), a Guggenheim Fellowship and the composer’s award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His musical talents are world renowned and his jazz-meets-classical sound has taken the genre to new heights.

Tickets: $20
March 29th
Online: ljathenaeum.org
Instagram: instagram.com/athenaeummusicandarts/ 


7) From Console to Concert Hall

Retro video game control / Shutterstock

Music in video games can be just as influential and play as much of a role as that in movies. It can immerse the gamer further into the alternate reality and deepen the sense of engagement and presence, so it’s no wonder that the music of most popular games has reached iconic status.

From Console to Concert Hall is a live orchestral performance of popular video-game music, by the Manchester Video Game Orchestra. The newly founded orchestra aims to introduce new audiences to the world of video-game music through a live orchestral performance, as well as give video-game composers wider recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Tickets: £5
Date: April 9th
Online: mvgo.co.uk
Instagram: instagram.com/mvgorchestra/


8) Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Family using laptops and iPads / Shutterstock

Keeping kids entertained is a full-time job in itself, so when you find a virtual adventure that’s not only fun, but educational, then you know you’re onto a winner. Watson Adventures hosts a series of virtual scavenger hunts, especially designed for kids, that’s not only bursting with entertainment, but gives them the opportunity to explore some of America’s iconic museums, take an interactive tour of New York City and even travel the world, from Pompeii, Italy, to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, all under the guise of searching for clues to solve scavenger hunts and mysteries.

Hunts can be done in private groups or kids can team up and be a part of wider public games – either way, they’re in for a crazy, zany ride.

Date: Check online for schedule
Online: watsonadventures.com
Instagram: instagram.com/watsonadventures


9) National Theatre at Home

National Theatre at Home

London’s National Theatre has a virtual treasure trove of theatrical goodies available for streaming any time, anywhere, that are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained. Watch Oscar-winners Helen Mirren, who stars in Greek tragedy Phèdre, and Olivia Coleman in new drama Mosquitos, or treat the kids with a stage adaptation of Jon Klassen’s classic picture book, I Want My Hat Back. Monthly subscription costs £9.99, or you can pay per single play.

Date: Catalogue online
Online: ntathome.com
Instagram: instagram.com/nationaltheatre


10) Opera de Paris

Opera de Paris / Shutterstock

Opera de Paris has delved into its archives to resurrect some of the finest operatic and ballet performances at the prestigious venue with its l’Opera Chez Soi series. Watch timeless ballet such as Swan Lake and operatic classics such as Carmen, Falstaff and Samson and Delilah performed by some of the world’s leading artists.

Online: operadeparis.fr/en
Instagram: instagram.com/operadeparis


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