Watch These 5 Broadway Shows Before They Leave Streaming Next Month

Watch These 5 Broadway Shows Before They Leave Streaming Next Month

While hundreds of Broadway and West End shows are available to stream, some are tied to strict distribution restrictions that dictate in which markets they can be shown, and for how long.

It is typically agreements between film producers and the artistic unions that set limits on each show's availability - a wider distribution would typically mean a higher cost for an already expensive capture. Some excellent filmed shows are considered "lost forever" due to their original distribution contracts such as Legally Blonde and The Light in the Piazza.

Recent filmed captures that were geo-blocked include Heathers the Musical, which streams exclusively in the US and Canada while still locked for UK audiences, and Leopoldstadt, which is available in the UK only.

Later this month, five excellent productions will have to be taken off streaming due to their limiting distribution agreements. We've collected all five so that you can binge-watch them this weekend before it's too late!

 

1. War Horse

Ends February 1st


At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, in association with ‚Äčthe award-winning Handspring Puppet Company. 

Opening on Broadway in March 2011, War Horse was a huge commercial and critical hit, winning five Tony Awards including Best Play.

The capture was filmed live during the play's original West End run, as part of The National Theatre's NTLive program. The program is now available to stream globally through the National Theatre's streaming platform.

Stream War Horse before February 1st.

 

2. Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches

Ends February 7th


 

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, six New Yorkers with interconnect lives grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This multi-award-winning production of Tony Kushner’s two-part play is directed by Marianne Elliott, with a cast including Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey. 

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika were filmed in 2017 in London shortly before transferring to Broadway the following year with most of the original cast appearing in the capture.

Stream Angels in America: Part One before February 7th.

 

3. Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika

Ends February 7th


As the play continues, Part Two picks up the threads of our six New Yorkers whose relationships are in tatters and fates are rapidly intertwining. Prior, Joe, Belize, Louis, Harper and Roy continue their journeys through love, loss and loneliness to overcome abandonment and ultimately discover forgiveness. 

Stream Angels in America: Part Two before February 7th.

 

4. All About Eve

Ends Soon


Gillan Anderson (A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mama Mia!) lead in All About Eve.

Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve...don’t you?

Directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, A View From The Bridge) and captured from London’s West End. All About Eve lifts the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, and asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. 

Stream All About Eve this month.

 

5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Ends March 9th


A Mississippi family gathers at their country property to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell each other. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. Which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell feature in this powerful masterpiece by Tennesse Williams. Filmed by National Theatre Live, presented by The Young Vic and The Young Ones.

Stream Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this month.