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 The Theatreguide.London Review

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. Until things return to normal we review the experience of watching live theatre onscreen.





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Reviews of online theatre 2020