Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the Coronavirus outbreak [UPDATING DAILY]
During these unprecedented times, the theater community has come together to provide viewers from around the world the opportunity to stream select theater productions for free. Check out this updating list of musicals, plays, and operas that are now streaming!
The following list includes links to free publicly available online materials as part of the entertainment industry's effort to provide theater offerings to audiences at home whilst venues are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last updated: Friday, May 29th, 7:00 PM
Check back throughout the day for more productions!
Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Streaming starting May 29th 8PM EST
Chita: A Legendary Celebration, which originally took place at the August Wilson Theatre, features performances from Rivera, Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen, as well as a video tribute from legendary composer John Kander.
Streaming Friday May 29th
Hairspray the Musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name, which starred Divine and Ricki Lake. It originally opened in 2002 on Broadway and won eight Tony Awards, with songs such as "You Can't Stop the Beat", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" and "Good Morning Baltimore". The original London production in 2008 won four Olivier Awards. The show will stream in the UK.
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.
The Winter's Tale
When Leontes, Sicilian king, becomes convinced his pregnant wife Hermione is conducting an affair with his closest friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia, he is so enraged he banishes her newborn child, while Hermione apparently dies of grief. Sixteen years later, the child, Perdita, having been raised in Bohemia by shepherds, is in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes, who forbids their marriage. The lovers travel to Leontes’ court seeking happiness, which they find – in ways nobody expected.
Streaming begins May 30th
Jim leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Streams Worldwide on May 21st
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.
Beauty and the Beast
FREE; Streams Worldwide starting May 21st
A foolish prince cursed to a life alone in a castle; a kind and beautiful girl who asks her father for nothing but a rose. One must learn to love and be loved in return, the other needs to realise there’s more than meets the eye. It’s a tale of magic, compassion and love, full of enchanting characters, marvellous musical numbers and some deliciously scary moments, guaranteed to delight the whole family.
BOMBSHELL in concert
Streams Worldwide starting May 20th
PEOPLE.com announced today the streaming of the full concert of BOMBSHELL - the musical, in which SMASH cast members reunited to sing the complete score of the musical within the show, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will stream May 20th at 8PM ET.
A woman who believes herself to be Anastasia, sole survivor from the massacre of the Romanovs, is incarcerated in an asylum. Memory and fantasy intermingle; she recalls her rescue, the death of her husband, the disappearance of her child and her attempted suicide. But, despite her nightmares, her faith in her own identity cannot be shaken.
The Grinning Man
Streaming starts June 26th
A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told. The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.
A Monster Calls
Streams Worldwide starting June 5th
Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.
Streams Worldwide starting May 29th
The death of a messianic leader has left his bereaved community of followers struggling with conflict, doubt and the shaking of faith that this has awoken. Exploring the dramatic heart of Messiah, this acclaimed 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.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Streams Worldwide starting June 3rd
Graeae are thrilled to announce their critically acclaimed box office hit musical Reasons To Be Cheerful is available FREE, via online streaming on YouTube from 3rd June through to 3rdAugust.
Streams Worldwide on June 4th
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
The Two Noble Kinsmen
How long is forever? When the imprisoned Palamon and Arcite vow eternal friendship, they don’t expect that anything will come between them. But then from their cell window they see the beautiful Emilia, and their priorities take a sudden and violent turn. In this late romance, Fletcher and Shakespeare examine love in all its fluid and complex forms.
The Midnight Gang
FREE; Streams Worldwide starting April 30th
This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness, about a gang of children who each night escape from their hospital beds to make their dreams come true, is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest-selling children’s book of 2016.
Wasted: The Musical
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Take Me to the World: Sondheim Celebration
Streams Worldwide on April 26th
A starry line-up of Broadway favorites are toasting Stephen Sondheim with a once-in-a-lifetime concert event live!
Us Against Whatever
Middle Child, in association with Hull Truck Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, present Us Against Whatever, a karaoke cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts. Filmed at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 2 April 2019 by Josh Moore.
Circus: Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna
Cirque du Soleil is back with a new CirqueConnect hour-long special for our fans! Tune in Friday April 3rd at 3pm ET to see what exciting new shows we will feature on this new special.
Circus: Cirque du Soleil presents 'O'
Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life shows of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA, with never-before seen angles that can only be experienced on your screen.
Cirque De Soleil: ZED
Streams Worldwide on April 17th
For this week’s #CirqueConnect 60 minute special we have something you won’t want to miss: a live show recording of our show ZED! This show was only performed in Tokyo so for many of you it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch this exceptional show. Tune in for our primetime special Friday April 17 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.
Plays: Drawing the Line
London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.
Musicals: Dave Malloy's Beardo
Rasputin: healer or hedonist or both? In 2011, playwright Jason Craig teamed up with Malloy to delve into the world of Russia's infamous bad boy mystic.
Originally performed and live streamed in 2014 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Wonderland returns as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series.
Plays: The Importance of Being Earnest
"Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads’ courtship of the women is far from straight forward! With double identities, plenty of ‘Bunburying’ and a number of hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences."
Plays: The Winter's Tale
"One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years."
Musicals: Only the Brave
""Only the Brave" is a story of hope, bravery and togetherness. It is based on the true story of British soldiers, Major John Howard and Lieutenant Denham Brotheridge, and their wives on the Home Front, in a Second World War tale of incredible unity and courage. With a stunning cast, orchestra, crew and creative team at the wonderful Wales Millennium Centre, this musical sheds light on the immense strength and power of the human spirit at times of great adversity. Only the brave…. forgive."
Musicals: The Sound of Music Live! (2015)
Streams in the US
Beloved by generations of audiences worldwide, The Sound of Music tells the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 hit stage musical garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the blockbuster 1965 movie adaptation won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Plays: Amsterdam (2018)
"An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present."
Plays: Present Laughter (2018)
Streams Worldwide, Free in US
A self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis juggles a fawning ingenue, a crazed playwright, his ex-wife, and the personal lives of his friends.