Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the Coronavirus outbreak [UPDATING DAILY]
During these unprecedented times, the theater community has come together to provide viewers from around the world the opportunity to stream select theater productions for free. Check out this updating list of musicals, plays, and operas that are now streaming!
The following list includes links to free publicly available online materials as part of the entertainment industry's effort to provide theater offerings to audiences at home whilst venues are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last updated: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 12:15PM
Check back throughout the day for more productions!
Streams Worldwide on April 13th
*Includes a donation
It’s murder putting on a new musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.
Plays: Jane Eyre
Streams Worldwide on April 9th
The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. Our spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
Musicals: Flowers for Mrs Harris
Streams Worldwide starting April 9th
"Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever... From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?"
Musicals: Alive! The Zombie Musical
Streams Worldwide starting April 9th
"ALIVE! tells the story of Shelly Dinkley, a gutsy news reporter, who believes zombies are terrorizing her small town. When she witnesses her co-worker, Eve, attacked and surprisingly saved by a zombie called Zombie6, they discover there's more to this disenchanted zombie than just decaying limbs. As sparks fly between Eve and Zombie6, the group finds themselves on a mystical journey to restore his humanity, all the while being hunted by a cluster of zany, brainless, kick-line loving zombies, led by the mysterious Big Z who has a secret score to settle with Eve."
Streams Worldwide starting April 11th
"Poor Cinderella spends her days cleaning, cooking and tidying for her rotten step-sisters. That is until one day the Prince decides to host an extravagant ball to find his princess and insists that every eligible lady should attend. Little does Cinderella know, life is about to turn itself upside down and an exciting adventure awaits."
Streams Worldwide starting April 10th
*Donation of $6.99 to The Actor's Fund
"As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home."
Originally performed and live streamed in 2014 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Wonderland returns as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series. Thank you to the whole company for kindly allowing us to share this incredible play again. Wonderland is available to watch on demand from Monday 6 April until Sunday 12 April.
Operas: Madame Butterfly
Streams Worldwide starting April 17th
"The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless."
Plays: Shakespeare's Globe Hamlet
"Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare's genius."
Plays: The Importance of Being Earnest
"Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads’ courtship of the women is far from straight forward! With double identities, plenty of ‘Bunburying’ and a number of hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences."
Circus: Cirque du Soleil (New Special)
Cirque du Soleil is back with a new CirqueConnect hour-long special for our fans! Tune in Friday April 3rd at 3pm ET to see what exciting new shows we will feature on this new special.
Musicals: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jesus Christ Superstar
Streams Worldwide starting on April 10th
"Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed during the Live Arena Tour. An incredible cast including Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Chris Moyles as King Herod, and ITV "Superstar" winner Ben Forster as Jesus Christ, perform hit songs including I Don't Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane, Heaven on Their Minds, Everything's Alright, King Herod's Song and Superstar in an exciting and contemporary interpretation hailed as "a thrilling production" (The Independent)."
Plays: One Man, Two Guvnors (2013)
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
"Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he’s in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination. Last week, a nobody. This week, America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button."
Operas: The Marriage of Figaro
"For many people, one’s wedding day might feel dramatic. For Mozart’s Figaro, it is quite literally an opera! The action covers one day in the castle and grounds of Aguas Frescas, near Seville. Stellar performances in John Cox’s production of this Mozart opera, featuring an unforgettable Figaro by Joshua Bloom."
Plays: The Winter's Tale
"One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years."
Musicals: Only the Brave
""Only the Brave" is a story of hope, bravery and togetherness. It is based on the true story of British soldiers, Major John Howard and Lieutenant Denham Brotheridge, and their wives on the Home Front, in a Second World War tale of incredible unity and courage. With a stunning cast, orchestra, crew and creative team at the wonderful Wales Millennium Centre, this musical sheds light on the immense strength and power of the human spirit at times of great adversity. Only the brave…. forgive."
Concerts: 54 Below Concerts
Ryan Scott Oliver – March 31
Nicole Henry – April 2
Bright Lights, Big City – April 3
Brittain Ashford – April 4
Kyle Dean Massey – April 6
Bonnie Milligan, Natalie Walker – April 8
Liz Callaway – April 10
Legally Blonde – April 11
Circus: Cirque du Soleil presents: 'O', KURIOS, LUZIA (Special)
Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life shows of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA, with never-before seen angles that can only be experienced on your screen.
Musicals: The Sound of Music Live! (2015)
Streams in the US
Beloved by generations of audiences worldwide, The Sound of Music tells the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 hit stage musical garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the blockbuster 1965 movie adaptation won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Plays: Amsterdam (2018)
"An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present."
Plays: Present Laughter (2018)
Streams Worldwide, Free in US
A self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis juggles a fawning ingenue, a crazed playwright, his ex-wife, and the personal lives of his friends.
Plays: RED (2019)
Streams Worldwide, Free in US
Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder as his assistant Ken.
Musicals: V For Victory (2018)
1940, Britain declares war with Germany, war rages on the western front, but what happened to the forgotten occupied island of Jersey? Cut off from Britain, Jersey struggles to come to terms with its new German occupation. When morals, justice and even life itself is put to the test it falls to a group of islanders to stand up for Jersey's honour. But is it all too late?
Plays: Cyprus Avenue (2018)
Eric Miller (Stephen Rea) is a Belfast Loyalist. He is experiencing a psychotic episode and mistakes his five-week old granddaughter for Gerry Adams. Generations of sectarian trauma convince him that his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.
Concerts: Melissa Errico in 'Sondheim Sublime' (2020)
For one night only Errico brought her unique vision of Broadway’s greatest songwriter to Guild Hall and presents it here to remind us of the power of music to at least try and mend the world.
Plays: Much Ado About Nothing (2019)
Streams in the US
"Set in contemporary Georgia with an election race underway, Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing finds the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful amid the merriment. Former rivals battle it out, revenge is sought and trickery runs amok in this timeless comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication."
Plays: The Croft (2019)
"Pay What You Can" production. Croft is a thriller by Ali Milles, directed by Philip Franks and starring Gwen Taylor and Caroline Harker, Originally scheduled to tour the UK in Spring 2020. Stream the production starting March 27th!
Plays: Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art (2019)
"Pay What You Cant" production. The Habit of Art is a 2009 play by English playwright Alan Bennett, centred on a fictional meeting between W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten while Britten is composing the opera Death in Venice. Stream the production starting March 26th!
Plays: Henry V (2018)
Streams Worldwide Friday March 27th
This timeless Shakespeare tale is cleverly brought up to date and explores the conflict between tradition and modernity in Britain through the lens of a nation at war.
Plays: I and You (2018)
I and You, starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Zach Wyatt, is a witty and uplifting portrayal of friendship, youth and living life to the full written by one of America’s most produced playwrights. It was a box office and critical success at Hampstead Theatre where it received its UK debut in 2018.
Musicals: Myth - A New Rock Musical (2018)
'Myth' is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and the underworld. Filmed in 2018 on the West End.
Ballets: Peter and the Wolf
Streams Worldwide on March 27th
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.
Concerts: Billy Porter's Broadway & Soul
Streams in the US
Ebullient triple-threat and Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter is a New York City theater success story. Here the versatile and altogether irresistible Kinky Boots star appears where his talents shine brightest—center stage, performing a heartfelt selection of songs, including his own, drawing on a wide spectrum of styles and emotions.
Musicals: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 21 Chump Street
Lin-Manuel Miranda turns a piece of reporting broadcast in 2012 into a 14-minute Broadway musical, created by people who normally work on Broadway. Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House on June 7, 2014, to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos).
Concerts: Sutton Foster in Concert
Streams in the US
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible show-stopping talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night featuring a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).
Concerts: Cynthia Erivo in Concert
Streams in the US
Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo presents a soulful evening of song. Originally part of 'Live from Lincoln Center'.
Musicals: Sistas The Musical (2013)
As four sisters meet in their late grandmother’s attic before her funeral, music and memories trace black women’s lives from Jim Crow to the 2010s.
Plays: Top Story (2013)
A meteor the size of LA is about to hit LA, ironically, and in London a couple of friends spend their last seven days watching the news, reinventing chess and rewriting the rules of some of the other games in their universe: generally getting things into perspective, at once paralysed and inspired by the 'overallness of it all'. In his darkly hilarious and poignant new comedy, Sebastian Michael imagines The End of the World not as a disaster movie, but as experienced by two young men from the comfort of their sofa. Getting ready, as best they can, to die together, the enormity of what's about to happen completely overwhelms them, but it also brings out in them a whole burst of creative energy, and so as the story to top all stories unfolds, they inadvertently become its co-authors, while in a dimension far beyond their imagination, their soul-mates-in-spirit are having something of an unexpected ball...
Musicals: Eugenius! The Musical (2018)
Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ homage to the great sounds and cinema of the 80s reaches across time and space to enchant you whatever your age. Meet Eugene, Janey and Feris as they reach for the stars and discover the superhero inside themselves. With a hilarious script and dynamite original songs that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks, this shot of musical adrenaline is like nothing you’ve heard before.
Musicals: Pippin (1982)
Pippin, first in line to inherit the throne of King Charlemagne, decides his life is lacking real meaning and accompanied by the ever present Leading Player, sets out to find it. Along the way he encounters love war sex and power to finally realize that his life never was what he thought it was.
Musicals: The Wind in the Willows (2017)
Streams Worldwide; Free in UK
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous a