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 across April and May on the National Theatre YouTube channel.
These titles will be free to stream, and each will be available for one week only, starting at 7pm on the stated start date. The next titles are:
• Coriolanus from Thursday 4th June.
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 now presenting its first ever ‘Radio Play’, Victoria Station, a thriller by Harold Pinter. This is generously being offered free of charge on YouTube. Ben encourages you to share this link ‘far and wide’. The play is quite short, involving an increasingly fraught radio dialogue between a minicab controller (dispatcher) and a driver (number 274) who is stopped by the side of “a dark park” in Crystal Palace, supposedly awaiting further instructions. You may never think of a cab ride the same way again...
OSTC’s second ‘Radio Play’, Mother Figure by Alan Ayckbourn, is now also available free of charge on YouTube.
A mum’s ‘baby talk’ plays havoc with the nosey neighbours next door...
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.
Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) is joining the movement to stream recorded past performances for free – more details here.
Shows for which we have details are:
• Beauty and the Beast is available from 21st May until 19th June. Details here
Other shows available for free from What’s On Stage are listed here.
Pentabus Theatre Company (a 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
We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this might have caused.Encore ScreeningElektra
From The Royal Opera House3rd July | £14.50Friday 7:45pm
We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this might have caused.Live ScreeningThe Comedy of Errors
Live from Stratford upon Avon15th July | £15Wednesday 7pm