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: Monday, July 6th, 10:30 PM
Check back throughout the day for more productions!
The Deep Blue Sea
Streaming July 9th
A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Streaming July 10th
Stage musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast will stream this Friday as The Shows Must Go On's final season one episode. The show will be available to stream for 48 hours only.
Rogers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Streaming July 10th
Carousel was hailed by Time Magazine as “the best musical of the 20th Century.“ The New York Philharmonic presents a stunning staged production of this iconic American work, featuring a star-studded cast including Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck
Bernadette Peters in Concert
Streaming July 10th
Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert, which was filmed in 2009 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, will stream July 10 at 8 PM ET to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The Grinning Man
A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told. The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A feuding fairy King and Queen cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives in the forest, to hilarious, but dark, consequences.
Streaming starts June 19th
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…
Gloria: A Life
Streaming starts June 26th
Great Performances presents the intimate theatrical production Gloria: A Life about Gloria Steinem, one of the most inspiring women of the feminist movement. Originally presented off-Broadway.
Streaming June 19th
ANN is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious new play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
Streaming starts June 12th
“Watch out for No. 9” they whisper. On a street where everybody knows their neighbour, one man stands apart – Mr Maglump. Behind his door lies a rather marvellous secret which could turn the town upside down, and quite possibly the right way up. Just one brave child has the courage to find out what it was, or who it was, that put the glum in Maglump.
Cirque du Soleil - Contortion
We’re putting a new twist on #CirqueConnect specials this week with something completely different! You don’t have to bend-over backwards to find out what that is: we’re showcasing the best contortion acts from your favorite shows like Luzia, O, Alegria and more!
When young Candide's marriage offer to a baron's daughter backfires, the naïve student of optimism is hurled into an eye-opening journey around the globe, discovering the horrors of existence at every step.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Streams Worldwide starting June 3rd
Graeae are thrilled to announce their critically acclaimed box office hit musical Reasons To Be Cheerful is available FREE, via online streaming on YouTube from 3rd June through to 3rdAugust.
Kings of Broadway
A Broadway concet starring Liz Callaway, Michael Colbourne, Deborah Crowe, Jordan Lee Davies, Louise Dearman, Janie Dee, Fra Fee, Rob Houchen, Damian Humbley, Ramin Karimloo, and more!
A Monster Calls
Streams Worldwide starting June 5th
Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.
Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Streaming starting May 29th 8PM EST
Chita: A Legendary Celebration, which originally took place at the August Wilson Theatre, features performances from Rivera, Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen, as well as a video tribute from legendary composer John Kander.
BOMBSHELL in concert
Streams Worldwide starting May 20th
PEOPLE.com announced today the streaming of the full concert of BOMBSHELL - the musical, in which SMASH cast members reunited to sing the complete score of the musical within the show, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will stream May 20th at 8PM ET.
A woman who believes herself to be Anastasia, sole survivor from the massacre of the Romanovs, is incarcerated in an asylum. Memory and fantasy intermingle; she recalls her rescue, the death of her husband, the disappearance of her child and her attempted suicide. But, despite her nightmares, her faith in her own identity cannot be shaken.
Streams Worldwide starting May 29th
The death of a messianic leader has left his bereaved community of followers struggling with conflict, doubt and the shaking of faith that this has awoken. Exploring the dramatic heart of Messiah, this acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production is a powerful dramatisation of Handel’s profound masterpiece. See and hear Messiah as Handel controversially intended – performed for the people in a theatre, rather than in a sacred space.
Wasted: The Musical
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Take Me to the World: Sondheim Celebration
Streams Worldwide on April 26th
A starry line-up of Broadway favorites are toasting Stephen Sondheim with a once-in-a-lifetime concert event live!
Circus: Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna
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.
Circus: Cirque du Soleil presents 'O'
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.
Cirque De Soleil: ZED
Streams Worldwide on April 17th
For this week’s #CirqueConnect 60 minute special we have something you won’t want to miss: a live show recording of our show ZED! This show was only performed in Tokyo so for many of you it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch this exceptional show. Tune in for our primetime special Friday April 17 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.
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."
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."