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Online Theatre 2020

The Theatreguide.London Reviews

In March 2020 the covid-19 epidemic forced the closure of all British theatres. Some companies adapted by putting archive recordings of past productions online, others by streaming new shows. And there are past productions worth rediscovering online. With things returning to normal, we continue to supplement our live reviews with coverage of productions you can watch at home.

(Note that most of these shows continue to be available online after 2020)

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ACT ONE - Lincoln Center and YouTube.  Dramatisation of Moss Hart's memoir of getting a start in the theatre. Summer 2020

ADDING MACHINE - Finborough Theatre. Chamber opera adaptation of Elmer Rice play about a nobody. Autumn 2020

AMSTERDAM - Orange Tree Theatre online. Modern woman's experience uncovers WW2 secrets. Spring-Summer 2020

APOLLO 13: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - Original Theatre Online. What do astronauts think about when stranded in space? Autumn 2020

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES - National Theatre At Home. The barber shop as a gathering place in African culture. Spring 2020

BARNUM - YouTube. 1986 Recording of Cy Coleman musical about fabled American showman. Autumn 2020

BUBBLE - Nottingham Playhouse. Romantic comedy set in lockdown. Autumn 2020

COMPANY - YouTube. 2006 Broadway revival of Sondheim musical, with Raul Esparza. Summer 2020

CONFLICT - Mint Theater. 1925 drama of politics and passions. Autumn 2020

THE COURAGE TO RIGHT A WOMAN'S WRONGS - Red Bull Theater. Romantic comedy-drama from the Spanish Golden Age. November 2020

CRIME OF THE CENTURY - Chickenshed. How young people drift into violence and crime. December 2020

DEATH OF A HUNTER - Finborough Theatre. Rolf Hochhuth play about Earnest Hemingway. Autumn 2020

THE DEEP BLUE SEA - National Theatre At Home. 2016 revival of Terrence Rattigan drama of overpowering love. Summer 2020

THE DEEP BLUE SEA - YouTube. 1994 BBC production of Terence Rattigan play 

42nd STREET - The Shows Must Go On and YouTube. 2017 London revival of classic backstage musical. December 2020

FRANKENSTEIN - National Theatre At Home. Video recording of 2011 NT staging. Spring 2020 

GHOST LIGHT - National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival. Salute to Scottish theatre through excerpts. Summer 2020

HOME - YouTube. David Storey's 1970 drama with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. Summer 2020

THE ICEMAN COMETH - YouTube. 1960 American television production of O'Neill drama. Summer 2020

IN THE ABSENCE OF SILENCE - Chickenshed Theatre. Survivors of spousal abuse. Winter 2020

IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD - Finborough Theatre. Video recording of play about WW1 poet Charles Hamilton Sorley. Spring 2020

JANE CLEGG - Finborough Theatre. 2019 revival of 1913 drama of a wife's discoveries about her husband. Summer 2020

KINGS OF BROADWAY 2020 - broadwayworld.com and YouTube. From-home performances of songs by Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Summer 2020

THE LINE - Public Theater and YouTube. Verbatim drama of health workers facing Covid in New York City. Summer 2020

MACBETH - RSC and YouTube. 1979 RSC production with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. Summer 2020

THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III - National Theatre At Home. 2018 Nottingham Playhouse production of Alan Bennett's play. Summer 2020

A MARVELLOUS PARTY - StreamTheatre. All-star Zoom theatre salute to Noel Coward. Autumn 2020

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - BBC Culture in Quarantine. Shakespeare's Globe production of the comedy. 2020

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - BBC Culture in Quarantine. RSC production of Shakespeare comedy. 2020

NO MILK FOR THE FOXES - Beats & Elements and YouTube. Lives of the just-barely-employed class. Summer 2020 

THE NANCE - PBS and YouTube. 2013 Broadway comedy about gay burlesque comic. Autumn 2020

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS - YouTube. 1964 television version of 1959 musical 2020

PORGY AND BESS - Metropolitan Opera. Gershwin-Heyward opera. Summer 2020

PRESENT LAUGHTER - Vaudeville Theatre, BBC and YouTube. 1981 production of Noel Coward comedy. 2020

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL -  Graeae and YouTube. Salute to friendship, romance, family and Ian Dury. Summer 2020 

RIDERS TO THE SEA - Druid Theatre Company. One-act Synge play of grieving women. December 2020

ROMEO AND JULIET - Stratford Festival and YouTube. 2017 Canadian production. Summer 2020

SCENES FOR SURVIVAL I  - National Theatre of Scotland. Under-ten-minute plays . Autumn 2020

SCENES FOR SURVIVAL II - National Theatre of Scotland. A further selection of short plays Autumn 2020

THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA - Greenwich Theatre and YouTube. Steven Berkoff imagines the love letters of Hamlet and Ophelia. Summer 2020

A SEPARATE PEACE - The Remote Read. Tom Stoppard radio play staged for online performance. Spring 2020

THE SHADOW OF THE GLEN - Druid Theatre Company. One-Act dark comedy by J M Synge. December 2020

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - National Theatre At Home. 2014 Young Vic production with Gillian Anderson. Spring 2020

TAKE ME TO THE WORLD -  A STEPHEN SONDHEIM 90th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE - YouTube. Online production with singers performing in their homes. Spring 2020

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - Stratford Festival and YouTube  2015 Canadian production of Shakespeare. Summer 2020

TROUBLE IN TAHITI - Opera North At Home. Leonard Bernstein's one-hour opera about American suburbia Spring 2020

UNTIL THE FLOOD - Traverse Theatre. Verbatim performance in the aftermath of a policeman's shooting of a black youth. December 2020

VOILA! Europe Festival. Virtual festival featuring streamed and Zoom performances from across Europe. November 2020

WATCHING ROSIE - originaltheatreonline. Short play about dementia in the time of Covid. Summer 2020

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW -  Curve, Leicester. Joe Orton farce of mad madhouse. December 2020

THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES - YouTube. 1991 Broadway musical about the American humourist, with Keith Carradine. Summer 2020

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN - Mint Theater. 1938 play set in the teachers' lounge of a girls' school. Summer 2020

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