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 now that many of them are now in Tier 3 or 4.
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 National Theatre's version of Twelfth Night with
Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, is being shown on Sky Arts (Freeview channel 11,
Freesat channel 147) on Monday 21st December at 21:00 and
Jane Eyre on 28th December at 21:00, also on Sky Arts.
And they are showing Dick Whittington free on their YouTube channel youtube.com/nationaltheatre on demand from 23rd December at 15:00 to 27th December at midnight.
Uncle Vanya is being shown on BBC4 on Wednesday 30th December at 22:00. It's the production from the Harold Pinter theatre that was on for a short time in March until the lockdown came. Toby Jones got rave reviews in the title role and it also stars Richard Armitage, Anna Calder-Marshall and Roger Allam. It was filmed in the theatre during lockdown without an audience.
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Tales from Shakespeare
Michael Morpurgo's fresh retellings of these timeless stories will be streamed free into UK schools at 11:00 every Friday for five weeks, then made available for anyone to buy and watch for up to seven days from the following Monday. Aimed at young people aged six to 16, the former Children’s Laureate relocates Shakespeare’s characters to contemporary settings, unlocking the vivid drama at the heart of the tales.
From 11 January - Michael Morpurgo’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
From 18 January - Michael Morpurgo’s Romeo and Juliet
From 25 January - Michael Morpurgo’s The Tempest
From 1 February - Michael Morpurgo’s Macbeth
From 8 February - Michael Morpurgo’s The Winter’s Tale
Young Bloods, 16th January, 19:00 online
For this special event, we put power into the hands of young people as we appoint members of our Next Generation Act Company and our Youth Advisory Board as RSC Artistic Directors. Our RSC acting company will perform extracts from Shakespeare’s plays selected by our young people which showcase the voices, priorities and experiences which resonate for them today.
The Globe Theatre
The Globe have got huge numbers of recordings of their live Shakespeare productions to rent at £4.99