This week, you can enjoy a range of fantastic theatre from the comfort of your own living room. With an exclusive online concert from the West Midlands’ own Beverley Knight, a high-drama political play from the National Theatre and a star-studded streaming of Hairspray.

Hairspray Live!

The 2016 live production of the much-loved musical Hairspray will be available to watch for free on Friday. This Emmy Award-winning live TV production will be streamed as part of The Shows Must Go On YouTube series.

Originally broadcast on American TV channel NBC, the show stars Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Maddie Baillio, Billy Eichner, Harvey Fierstein, Dove Cameron and Martin Short.

Available from 7pm this Friday (29) for 48 hours on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here.

Beverley Knight

West End stars have been performing in the Leave A Light On series of online concerts from home. As a grand finale, this Friday multi award-winning performer and friend of the Hippodrome Beverley Knight will be performing a concert streamed directly from her living room to yours.

This exclusive live-streamed concert will feature some of Beverley’s favourite musical theatre numbers spanning her career on stage. Some of the proceeds of the tickets sold will go to theatre charity Acting For Others. Streaming on Friday 29 May at 6:30pm, buy tickets online here.

This House

This week, the National Theatre are streaming James Graham’s (Quiz, ITV) gripping production of This House, which enjoyed two sold-out runs at the National Theatre and a West End run.

It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.

Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 28 May on The National Theatre’s YouTube channel. Until then, you can catch up with their production of A Streetcar Named Desire here.


The Bristol Old Vic are streaming their own shows from this Friday and their first stream is their acclaimed production of Messiah.

Exploring the dramatic heart of Messiah, this Bristol Old Vic production is a powerful dramatisation of Handel’s profound masterpiece. See and hear Messiah as Handel controversially intended – performed for the people in a theatre, rather than in a sacred space.

Streaming from 7pm on Friday 29 of May on YouTube here.

The Understudy Play – part two

The Understudy is a new online play that premiered part one online last week. Part radio play, part animated film based on the bestselling novel by David Nicholls. With a star-studded cast including Stephen Fry, Russell Tovey, Emily Atack, Sheila Atim, Layton Williams and many more. It tells the hilarious story of actor Stephen McQueen, who is stuck with an unfortunate name, a hopeless agent, marriage problems and a daughter he barely knows.

He has just landed his dream West End role, sort of, because he will be understudying film star (and 12th sexiest man in the world) Josh Harper in a brand new play.

Catch up on part one here, and stream part two this Wednesday on their website. Tickets are available to purchase online and all the proceeds goes to charities supporting the theatre industry.

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