Theatre at the cinema and online
From time to time, theatres like the National do live broadcasts of plays to cinemas around the country. Cinemas in our area screening National Theatre broadcasts are the Newbury Vue, Newbury Corn Exchange, Basingstoke Odeon, Henley Regal Picturehouse, Didcot Cineworld and Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse. Check with your local cinema to see if they're screening the productions. Times shown are at Newbury Vue and Corn Exchange; for non-live showings, times at other locations may differ.
The theatres have turned to making live broadcast recordings of plays available online rather than in cinemas.
Good Grief, now to 15th April, online
Good Grief is a romantic comedy about grief. Sharp, funny, brutal, irreverent and quintessentially British.
At a time when the theatre world is faltering, with theatres closed and jobs cut, this online filmed production sees the convergence of a new theatre and screen team to create a theatrical format which will stream online and be downloadable worldwide, giving employment to the industry.
Good Grief was rehearsed on Zoom, then filmed in a studio adhering to all Covid protocols.
Tickets are £15 plus £1.50 booking fee.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A new digital production starring Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry.
In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where
online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social
star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always
remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous
depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal
will soon need to be met. This is a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar
Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook
and dating apps. The Picture of Dorian Gray is co-produced by The Barn Theatre,
Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd.
This is a video on demand production available for streaming from 16th to 31st March. Tickets are £12 and can be bought via the Watermill site - the Watermill benefits from ticket sales.
The Royal Shakespeare Company
12th to 20th March, online
A live, online performance set in a virtual midsummer forest. Theatre, music and groundbreaking technology combine in an extraordinary exploration into the future of live performance. Follow a sprite on a moonlit journey through the night until dawn. Under the shadow of gathering clouds at dusk, lit by the glimmer of fireflies, Puck acts as your guide. Explore the forest from the canopy of the trees to their roots, meet four sprites, Moth, Peaseblossom, Cobweb and Mustardseed, and take an extraordinary journey into the eye of the storm.
There are two ways to experience Dream. With an Audience Plus ticket, you become a firefly, lighting the forest for Puck and influencing what is happening in the world of the performance with movements of the mouse, trackpad or touchscreen. Guided by Puck you explore and support him on his mission. Alternatively, sit back and watch the live stream with a free Audience ticket. Live captioning will be available on all performances. Audience Plus tickets £10, Audience Free. Running time 50 minutes.
You can subscribe to the National Theatre at Home's large collection of recorded plays, available online, for £99.98 a year or £9.98 a month. You can also rent from a smaller selection of plays for three days for £7.99.
The Globe Theatre
The Globe have got huge numbers of recordings of their live Shakespeare productions to rent at £4.99