As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, all Market Theatre events are now cancelled or postponed, and the Theatre will remain closed until further notice.
In the meantime, The National Theatre is offering a streaming service on YouTube during these difficult times. As part of this, one back catalogue National Theatre Live title will be released per week on the National Theatre YouTube channel.
The National Theatre’s Live recording of Fleabag has been released to raise money for charities supporting workers on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic. This initiative is driven by Phoebe Waller-Bridge who, along with Fleabag co-producers DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre, have directed that all proceeds will be distributed to the National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together and Acting For Others, as well as the newly-launched Fleabag Support Fund created to help freelancers working in the arts industry.
Fleabag is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video for a 48-hour download for a minimum donation of £4.
The promoters hope viewers can appreciate the charitable nature of this online release, and the good it will do in helping these key charities support frontline workers dealing with the extreme situation we are experiencing.
In addition, the following are on offer:
As many of you will know, LADS member Ben Mowbray runs his own drama company, Our Star Theatre Company, which has performed several shows in the Market Theatre. Our Star Theatre Company is presenting several new ‘Radio Plays’, featuring LADS members in the cast:
- Boom Room by Chrissy Evans. Adrian, the failed actor, bravely attempts a Zoom-style meeting for a reunion with old drama school friends, however technological and personal challenges lead to an experience that will probably resound with many people today as they struggle to be digitally woke!
- Airfield by Bob Tucker. Are you missing your holidays whilst you’re stuck at home? Well, we’re here to remind you of all the things you won’t be missing! Fred and Lucy Larkspur are having the holiday from hell, before they’ve even got on the plane... if there actually is a plane to get on to!
- 10 Abbey Court by Cheryl Barrett. Local estate agent Jason is showing prospective client Abigail around a property that has just been put on the market. Her shocking reason for being so keen to view this particular property only becomes clear as the curtain closes..
- Almost The Birthday Party by Paul Kalburgi. Unlikely pair Kenny and Vern are an eccentric couple in their 60s who are trying to stage a production of The Birthday Party. They get more than they bargained for when they set out to make new friends by inviting complete strangers to join a play reading group in their parlour. The couple are visited late at night by a mysterious Mrs. Percival and asked to recall details of an absurd and rather eventful first rehearsal. Complete with cheesecake, vicar and taxidermied cat!
In addition, Our Star’s first two ‘radio plays’ and a full length recording of Rebecca (recorded in The Market Theatre in November 2019) are available for viewing by LADS Members and Friends.
These are generously being offered free of charge: Ben encourages you to share these links ‘far and wide’. If you enjoy these productions and feel able to make a donation to Our Star Theatre Company, you may do so via PayPal. Any amount you could spare to help cover Our Star’s running costs would be gratefully appreciated, and help them continue to provide brand-new theatre once we are all able to do so again.
Royal Shakespeare Company:
18 shows are available through Marquee TV (14-day free trial available), including Hamlet, Richard II with David Tennant, and King Lear with Antony Sher. There are also six shows on BBC iPlayer, including recent productions of Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston in the title role, and Romeo and Juliet.
Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) is joining the movement to stream recorded past performances for free – more details here.
Royal Opera House:
The Royal Opera House is offering a number of operas on its YouTube channel.
ROH content is also available on radio, TV and online through the BBC. Mayerling, Pappano’s Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot are all available on the BBC iPlayer and can be watched at any time.
The Metropolitan Opera in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, is streaming a different past production every day.
Click here and scroll down for more information.
Other shows available for free from What’s On Stage are listed here.
Pantaloons (frequent and popular visitors to The Market Theatre) have “some charmingly homespun online content”.
Let us know... any suggestions... We’ll probably do it as we’re pretty bored!”
Pentabus Theatre Company (another frequent visitor to The Market Theatre):
To celebrate World Theatre Day and to help you through these uncertain times, we are going to release recordings of our past shows on our website and social media channels. These can be streamed for free. They will remain live for the next three months and will be released weekly on a Friday at 2pm for anyone to view.
Our other shows to follow include Crossings by Deirdre Kinahan and Each Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey. The recordings will be accompanied by social media Q & A’s with cast and creative teams from the productions, details of which will be announced via social media.
We are extremely proud to have been the first company to live-stream theatre directly from village halls into homes and community spaces across the world.
Support Pentabus to continue to bring high quality theatre to your community and other rural areas by giving a donation, joining our Friends’ or donors’ schemes or becoming a business partner – go to https://www.pentabus.co.uk/support-pentabus – we need your support more than ever! We miss our village hall audiences and can’t wait to be back with you soon.
Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream his musicals for free – more details here
Arts Alive, who have a long and productive relationship with The Market Theatre, have a webpage listing online events that are currently available.