Mark Ludmon picks out some of the new shows streaming online in February 2021
Dear Evan Hansen’s Olivier-winning breakout star, Sam Tutty, heads a 15-strong cast alongside Emily Redpath in a film of a new production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With Derek Jacobi narrating, it will be available from February 13 to 27. Directed by Nick Evans and presented by Metcalfe Gordon Productions, it also features Sylvester Akinrolabu, Helen Anker, Brandon Bassir, Daniel Bowerbank, Timmy Driscoll, Iskander Eaton, Jonny Labey, Vinta Morgan, Jessica Murrain, Tats Nyazika, Marc Ozall, Ollie Tennant and Lucy Tregear. Some of the proceeds will be donated to charity Acting for Others. Book Romeo and Juliet tickets here.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play, Hymn, was due to have its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre at the end of January but, for now, it will be available online from 17 to 20 February. It follows two men whose lives become intertwined after meeting at a funeral, asking what it takes to be a good father, brother or son. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, it will feature Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani. Tickets at almeida.co.uk.
New musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be streamed from 26 February to 14 March after its premiere at Southwark Playhouse was postponed due to Covid-19. It explores the world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her new-found magical powers. Its creators Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost were inspired by Goethe’s poem which was also the inspiration for the Dukas symphony that featured in Disney’s classic film, Fantasia. Produced by James Seabright, it is directed by Charlotte Westenra with a 10-strong cast including Dawn Hope, David Thaxton and Mary Moore. Tickets at southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.
Audiences are being invited to cook a meal as part of Rice, a new online show telling the story of a woman torn between British and Malaysian cultures. Written by Vera Chok, it will be performed live in Malaysia and the UK by Amanda Ang and Michelle Wen Lee, presented by London’s Omnibus Theatre and Malaysia-based Wayang Kitchen. Tickets can include a package of simple ingredients sent in advance for a meal, allowing audiences to fill their homes with the aromas of Chinese five-spice. It will be performed on 20, 21, 27 and 28 February, bookable at omnibus-clapham.org.
All In Your Head is a one-woman show based on real women’s accounts of coercive control and domestic abuse, conceived and directed by Lucy Dear with a script by Safaa Benson-Effiom. It will be performed live by Naomi Sparrow on Sunday 14 February at 7pm, presented by Clapham People’s Theatre as part of CPT Digital. Tickets at cptheatre.co.uk.
Sharon D Clarke, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Saida Ahmed, Cherylee Houston and Alex James are to perform in new plays from Deaf and disabled artists as part of Crips Without Constraints Part 2 from disabled-led theatre company Graeae. Filmed on Zoom, the duologues are released at midday every Tuesday until 16 February at midday at graeae.org and YouTube.com/graeaetheatrecompany. They are free to watch.
Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough are to perform four monologues written by award-winning playwright Peter Barnes for BBC Radio 3 between 1981 and 1990. Under the title of Barnes’ People, it will be staged and filmed at Theatre Royal Windsor and streamed from 18 February to 31 July by Original Theatre Company via originaltheatreonline.com.
Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful one-man play, Typical, was acclaimed when it debuted at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Starring Richard Blackwood, it explores racism and how British society stereotypes Black masculinity, based on a tragic true story. A specially filmed version of the show will now be available online via Soho Theatre On Demand from 24 February. Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour and again starring Blackwood, it was created by theatre company Nouveau Riche with Soho Theatre. Ticketing via sohotheatreondemand.com.
Theatre company Papatango is to release a film of Samuel Bailey’s Shook which was unable to transfer from Southwark Playhouse to the West End because of Covid-19. Featuring the original cast of Josef Davies, Josh Finan, Andrea Hall and Ivan Oyik, it will be available to watch online from 5 to 28 February. Inspired by true stories, it looks at three young offenders who are due to become fathers while incarcerated. It is directed by George Turvey in collaboration with James Bobin. Tickets at papatango.co.uk.
Sian Clifford – best known for the TV adaptation of Fleabag – stars alongside Nikesh Patel in the global online premiere of Lorien Haynes’s romantic comedy, Good Grief. Presented by Original Theatre and directed by Natalie Abrahami, it is described as a “sharp, funny, brutal, irreverent and quintessentially British” show about grief. It will be available to watch from 15 February to 15 April. Book Good Grief Here