Lockdown livestreams & quarantine culture, part 6

It’s another week of going out without going out, and I hope you’re keeping safe and well. What’s new in the world of entertainment and culture to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa? Here are a few of my top picks.



National Theatre at Home is treating us to a free showing of Alan Bennett’s epic multi award winning drama The Madness of George III, recorded at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018 and starring Mark Gatiss (DraculaThe League of GentlemenDoctor Who), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and StaceyUpstairs DownstairsAfter the Dance) and Debra Gillett (Call the MidwifeDoctor Who). Starting 7pm on Thursday 11th June 2020, it will be available to view for the next seven days. Watch here.

Lungs at Old Vic 2020 Matt Smith Clare Foy

Matt Smith and Claire Foy will be performing in socially distanced live stagings of ‘Lungs’ which will live-stream from an empty Old Vic auditorium from June 26th to July 4th 2020 as part of their In Camera season. Tickets from £10.00, likely to sell out quickly, find out more here and book tickets.

In the mood for some top notch free opera? Head on over to Glyndebourne Open House. This week’s show, until the 14th of June, is Mozart’s Così fan tutte and you can stream it here.

Alternatively you can join The Royal Ballet for a Premiere stream of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series, from 7.00pm on the 12th of June on their YouTube channel. On Saturday 13th June at 7.30pm the Royal Opera House will be hosting a night of live performances and streaming them for free online via Vimeo. Find out more here.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre is streaming a recording of their family friendly play, Beauty and the Beast, until the 19th of June. Watch it here.

Comedy / Cabaret / Magic

Mr. Swallow’s eccentric Houdini comedy show is available to stream via the Soho Theatre website until the end of the month, and you can watch him pay the ultimate homage to Houdini himself by recreating the master’s legendary underwater escape. Tickets from £4.00 and all the proceeds are going to charity too. Go to Soho Theatre on Demand.

A Kind Of Magic Zoom show

For a live show via Zoom, Magical Bones is performing A Kind Of Magic on 11th, 12th and 13th of June. Join him for a live interactive experience with some special guests. Tickets £12.00 plus £1.20 booking fee, selling fast here.


V and A Museum Kimono exhibition

The V&A Museum has put its exhibition, Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk, online for free on the V&A YouTube channel. Enjoy the series of curators tours online.


That’s it for right now, but there are lots of great shows and events coming up over the next few days and weeks – I’ll be back soon with all kinds of updates.


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