This week, you can devour a range of fantastic theatre from the comfort of your own living room. With the debut of a brand new online play, a star-studded classic and a bohemian style twist on one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Understudy Play
The Understudy is a new online play – 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 her 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.
Streaming part one this Wednesday (20 May) and part two next Wednesday (27 May), tickets are available to purchase online and all the proceeds goes to charities supporting the theatre industry. Find out more and watch online here.
A Streetcar Named Desire
The National Theatre are streaming their critically-acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire with The Young Vic. Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby.
The Pulitzer prize-winning play tells the story of Blanche DuBois, who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background to seek refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in New Orleans.
Streaming from 7pm on Thursday 22 May on The National Theatre’s YouTube channel. Until then, you can catch up with their production of The Barber Shop Chronicles until Thursday here.
The Winter’s Tale
The Globe’s 2018 production of The Winter’s Tale. Blanche McIntyre directs a new version of Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable. Set in a world of monsters, gods and natural disasters, travel from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court, to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival.
Available to stream on YouTube from 7pm tonight until Sunday 31 May here.
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