In light of the events of COVID-19, many Australian and international theatre companies are launching new digital platforms in hopes of their work finding audiences while their stages remain dark.
Here you will find theatre productions currently (or soon to be) streamed across the world, either for free or via a pay-per-view or subscription platform.
All effort has been made to ensure dates, times and prices are listed in Australian terms.
This list will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Available for a limited time only (Free)
Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland (Royal Court & Abbey Theatre, UK). Watch online until June 30, 2020.
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (2018, Shakespeare’s Globe, UK). Watch on Globe player from May 19 until June 1, 2020.
The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare (2018, Shakespeare’s Globe, UK). Watch on Globe player from June 2-15, 2020.
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare (2019, Shakespeare’s Globe, UK). Watch on Globe player from June 16-29, 2020.
Available permanently (Free)
Lippy by Dead Centre (Ireland, UK). Available on Vimeo, use password ‘context’ to access the recording.
I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch. Available to watch on Vimeo.
I, Cinna (The Poet) by Tim Crouch (RSC). Available to watch on YouTube.
Fragments by Samuel Beckett, directed by Peter Brook (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, France). Available to watch on Vimeo.
Boys Don’t by Papertale (Papertale & Half Moon Theatre, UK). Watch online at Vimeo.
The Two Gentlemen Of Verona by William Shakespeare (The Show Must Go Online), YouTube.
Subscription Services (Paid)
ANN by Holland Taylor (2016, BroadwayHD), starring Holland Taylor.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill (2017, BroadwayHD), starring Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmare.
Thom Pain by Will Eno (2017, BroadwayHD), starring Rainn Wilson.
Oh, Hello on Broadway by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (2016, Netflix), starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller (2010, Apollo Theatre, London & Digital Theatre), directed by Howard Davies and starring Zoe Wanamaker and David Suchet.
Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky (2020, Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia & Digital Theatre), directed by Timofey Kulyabin and starring Darya Emelyanova.
Audio Plays – Available on Amazon’s Audible (Paid)
The Goodbye Party by Louis Nowra (2019, Audible Original), with an all-Australia cast that includes Ben Oxenbould, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen, Jacinta Stapleton.
An Act of God by David Javerbaum (2015, Broadway), starring Sean Hayes.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (2019, MTC Broadway and London Theatre Company, Bridge Theatre London) starring Laura Linney.
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia (2019, Audible Original), starring Ambreen Razia.
Legal Immigrant by Alan Cumming (2019), starring Alan Cumming.
Girls and Boys by Dennis Kelly (2018, Royal Court, UK), starring Carey Mulligan.
Ipheginia in Splott by Gary Owen (2016, National Theatre), starring Sophie Melville.
Angels in America by Tony Kushner (2018, National Theatre), directed by Marianne Elliott with a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough.
Have a Nice Day by Billy Crystal & Quinton Peeples (2018, Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC) starring Billy Crystal, Annette Bening and Kevin Kline.
Othello by William Shakespeare (2007-8, Donmar Warehouse, UK) starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor.
The Oscar Wilde Collection by Oscar Wilde (BBC Radio Drama collection) features five of Wilde’s plays, all read by an all-star cast which includes Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Ian McKellen and Miriam Margolyes.
On The Exhale by Martin Zimmerman (2018, China Plate), starring Polly Frame.
Radio by Al Smith (2019, Arcola Theatre), starring Adam Gillen and directed by Josh Roche.
True West by Sam Shepard (2018, Vaudeville Theatre, West End), starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn.
Digital Theatre (UK based – Theatre, Musicals), subscription from $15 per month.
BroadwayHD (USA based – Theatre, Musicals, Concerts, Documentaries), subscription from $20 per month.
Globe Player by Shakespeare’s Globe (UK based – Theatre, Shakespeare), rent or own from $10-25.
Audible (International – Audio plays), various prices, a free 30-day trial is currently available.