Mark Ludmon previews some of the new theatre streaming online in March including Fionn Whitehead and Alfred Enoch in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Shane Richie in Scaramouche Jones.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray has been updated to the present day for a new digital theatre production, with Dorian an influencer drawn into secret depravity. Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Tamara Harvey, it stars Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, Joanna Lumley, Russell Tovey, Stephen Fry and Emma McDonald. It’s a collaboration between theatres across England and Wales, led by the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre, Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd and is online from 16 to 31 March. BOOK DORIAN GRAY TICKETS HERE
Ian Hallard co-stars in his new play, Adventurous, with Sara Crowe, following the dating twists and turns of Ros and Richard from Zoom introduction to real-life meet-up. Presented by London’s Jermyn Street Theatre and directed by Khadifa Wong, it is available from 16 to 28 March. BOOK STREAMING TICKETS FOR ADVENTUROUS
Storytelling and live music come together in The Band Plays On from Sheffield Theatres, offering “stories of solidarity and survival”. Available from 15 to 28 March, it is by Chris Bush, who wrote the theatres’ award-winning Standing at the Sky’s Edge. The cast features Anna-Jane Casey, Jodie Prenger, Jocasta Almgill, Sandra Marvin and Maimuna Memon. BOOK TICKETS FOR THE BANK PLAYED ON
Shane Richie will star in a new online revival of Justin Butcher’s 2001 solo show, Scaramouche Jones, about a clown caught in the riptides of 20th-century history. Directed by Ian Talbot, it is produced by Ginger Quiff Media and will be streamed live on Stream.Theatre from 26 March to 4 April and on-demand from 5 to 11 April. BOOK SCARAMOUCHE JONES TICKETS
Creation Theatre’s Digital Rep Company will present a new online version of John Webster’s bloody 17th-century tragedy The Duchess of Malfi from 17 to 27 March. Adapted in collaboration with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, it will come with learning resources for schools and universities. BOOK TICKETS FOR THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has been adapted into a new stage version for two women by The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol. It is directed by Tom Brennan and features Tamsin Hurtado Clarke and Jesse Meadows. Filmed at The Wardrobe Theatre, it will be available from 1 to 31 March. BOOK FOR THE GREAT GATSBY.
Rachael Stirling and Alec Newman star in Love in the Lockdown, a play with music that is being released in nine episodes on YouTube from 4 March to 23 May. Written by playwright and soprano Clare Norburn and directed by Nicholas Renton, it follows the couple from their first Zoom meeting before the first lockdown, with each episode set exactly a year earlier. The music is performed by Norburn’s ensemble, The Telling. WATCH LOVE IN THE LOCKDOWN
Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is presenting the second annual Turn On Fest from the 17 to 28 March – a festival of LGBT+ performances and events in partnership with Superbia, Manchester Pride’s year-round programme of arts and culture. Shows will include Fat Roland’s Seven Inch, Green Carnation Theatre’s screening of four monologue plays by emerging writers, and a conversation with It’s A Sin and Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, hosted by Julie Hesmondhalgh. BOOK FOR TURN ON FEST HERE
Mark Ravenhill’s new play, Angela, will open the Sound Stage season of premieres by leading playwrights, adapted into audio productions for a new digital platform developed by Pitlochry Festival Theatre with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre and Naked Productions. Angela, available from 26 to 28 March, tells the story of Ravenhill’s mother with a cast including Pam Ferris, Toby Jones, Matti Houghton, Joseph Millson, Jackson Laing, Raj Ghatak, Olivier Huband and Kirsty Stuart. It will be followed monthly by new work by John Byrne, Jaimini Jethwa, Roy Williams, Frances Poet and Lynda Radley, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Gary McNair. BOOK TICKETS FOR ANGELA ONLINE
The 2018 production of Paul Gordon and John Caird’s musical, Daddy Long Legs, at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre will be available to watch on Stream.Theatre from 8 to 14 March, starring Róisín Sullivan and Eoin Cannon. Based on Jean Webster’s popular 1912 novel, it follows the life of an orphan who is helped by an unknown benefactor on the condition that she writes a letter to him once a month. BOOK DADDY LONG LEGS TICKETS