For theater geeks and performing arts enthusiasts, here are four reputable theatres offering free streaming of performances to keep you company during COVID-19 self quarantine.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia announced that for the first time in the history of the conference, many classic opera and ballet performances (called the “Golden Series”) were broadcast livestream on the theater’s Youtube channel for everyone to watch for free
On the first night (today), the classic ballet “Swan Lake” will be broadcast live, and the film will be reserved for 24 hours for global audiences to enjoy.
Bolshoi Theatre Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/bolshoi
27.03 – Swan Lake
28.03 – The Sleeping Beauty
01.04 – The Tsar ’s Bride
04.04 – Marco Spada
07.04 – Boris Godunov
10.04 – The Nutcracker
As every true stage fan knows, Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz has pretty much been the coolest theatre in the world since before most us were born. Its bold, iconoclastic, director-led productions have had a huge influence on global theatre, and under the current leadership of Thomas Ostermeier, its reputation has only swelled.
Obviously, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Schaubühne is now shut, which is a bummer. Its legendary ensemble of actors has been forced to socially distance.
However, never ones to be deterred, the theatre is opening its storied video vaults on a nightly basis for a strand of work called ‘Coercive Measures’. It’s a simple deal: every night, starting at 6.30pm German time and running until midnight, a different play from their vaults will stream. This some of the most remarkable theatre that has ever taken place, and for this grim period you can stream it into your living room every night.
Check out the schedule and live streams here: https://www.schaubuehne.de/en/pages/online-schedule.html
The Royal Opera House
Get your culture fix while you self-isolate.
The theatres may have closed the curtains and taken their final bow for the time being, but that isn’t stopping The Royal Opera House during the Coronavirus outbreak. Bringing the drama to your home, the theatre will offer a free schedule of both opera and ballet broadcasts so audiences can access world-class performances right at their fingertips.
Watch at their Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse
The Paris Opera
The Paris Opera is screening its performances online for free
During the confined quarantine period in France, the Paris Opera will be offering to the public its most beautiful ballets and operas to stream from its website for free.
From 17 March, the Paris Opera will be putting its most beautiful shows from its archives online free of charge. From Don Giovanni to Swan Lake and The Tales of Hoffmann, there are many great classics to see or rediscover from home.
Find all performances on the website: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en