Last Updated on 5 January 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
In this month’s live streaming preview, Mark Ludmon offers his picks of some of the digital theatre coming up for streaming, live and on-demand, over the coming weeks.
With theatre buildings set to stay shut for the time being, here is our pick of some of the shows that are coming up for streaming in the UK. We hope you enjoy some of the selections in January’s Live Streaming Preview!
A filmed recording of David Bowie’s musical, Lazarus, will be available to watch from 8 to 10 January 2021. With a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, it is inspired by Bowie’s film, The Man Who Fell To Earth, telling the story of an earthbound alien desperate to return to his home planet. It premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 and was staged in London in 2016 where it was filmed. It stars Michael C Hall, Amy Lennox, Sophia Anne Caruso, Michael Esper and Jamie Muscato and draws on Bowie’s back catalogue. Tickets cost £16.
Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure
Theatre company Les Enfants Terribles are best known for their immersive work such as Alice’s Adventures Underground but they have moved online with an interactive whodunnit – a Sherlock Holmes story called The Case of the Hung Parliament. It features live performances and more than 100 clues to discover, using “immersive” 360-degree app-based technology to transport audiences from their homes to Victorian London as new Scotland Yard recruits. The 80-minute experience will be available to play from 27 to 31 January 2021 although tickets are already selling fast.
The run of Travis Alabanza’s acclaimed new play, Overflow, was cut short at London’s Bush Theatre in December due to Tier 4 lockdown but it will be live-streamed from 4 to 16 January 2021. Performed by Reece Lyons, the monologue is described as a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms, tackling the complex challenges that trans people experience. Tickets start at £15.
A range of theatre will be available as part of the Southbank Centre’s fifth Unlimited festival, celebrating disability arts. Running from 13 to 17 January 2021, it will feature dance, performance, comedy, music and visual art, showcasing outstanding disabled artists and companies. Raquel Meseguer Zafe’s A Crash Course in Cloudspotting asks you to connect with the subversive act of lying down, while Oozing Gloop joins forces with NewfrontEars to share stories and short films from their live show, Glooptopia! which is a direct challenge to the notion that people with autism “struggle with social imagination”.
Roles We’ll Never Play
West End performers showcased their talents by singing songs outside their casting brackets at a concert at London’s Apollo Theatre in December. In its third year, Roles We’ll Never Play was recorded and can be watched online from 15 to 17 January 2021. Tickets at £15.
Waiting For Obama
John Moore’s play, Waiting For Obama, was a highlight of the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, exploring the divisiveness in American society through a story of a Colorado family worried that President Obama is coming to take their guns. The cast came together in August to film a radio-play version which was also filmed and this will be available to watch in the UK from 11 to 17 January 2021.
The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s darkly comic play, The Poltergeist, was live-streamed from London’s Southwark Playhouse in November but, for those that missed it and Joseph Potter’s impressive performance, it will be available to watch on-demand from 25 to 31 January 2021. The theatre is also bringing back its hit production of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years, on-demand from 29 to 31 January and then from 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 February.
Brian Friel’s modern classic, Faith Healer, was performed and streamed live from London’s Old Vic in September, starring Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall. It will now be available to watch on-demand from 20 to 22 January 2021. This will be followed by offering Duncan Macmillan’s acclaimed Lungs, starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy and broadcast live in June and July, from 27 to 29 January 2021. Tickets from £10.