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I asked Twitter for theatre-related stuff to do while theatres are dark in the coming weeks and Twitter responded in brilliant style. Here's what fellow theatre fans have suggested plus a few ideas of my own.

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• You can stream plays from Digital Theatre (£9.99 per month or £7.99 each), not a huge collection but a good handful including All My Sons and The Crucible. 🤓

• Virtual streaming site Livr has smaller fringe productions available to stream via their app - you get a virtual reality headset to use with your phone (I can certainly recommend Ladykiller, which I saw in Edinburgh 2018). Livr.co.uk via @nkhai1987

• Shakespeare's Globe's plays can be streamed, for a fee, on Globe player via @vickster51
 
• The King's Head Theatre is doing daily theatre insight videos which you can find on their Facebook page or Instagram feed. via press release 🤓
•  Marquee TV has RSC productions and some of the Donmar's recent Shakespeare plus a few other bits and bobs, opera and dance. Free 30 day trial. via @polyg
 
• Theatre photographer Marc Brenner has started a blog in which he is going to talk about productions he's photographed, starting with Betrayal at the Harold Pinter. Find his blog here. 🤓

Coming soon?

From the Almeida:
We will continue to think of ways we can still connect with you all remotely, including looking at how we can make some of our archived productions and unseen digital content available online. 
From the Gate Theatre:
We are currently working towards making some of our work available to watch online - more news on that as soon as we have it - so please look out for updates.
From Jon Spooner (@snoopfish):
Got some archive films of @untheatre shows we could potentially release - depends on permissions from all the people - not 7 camera NT Live but... fun?
 
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BalletBoyz presents Deluxe. Photo credit: George Piper

NEW ADDITIONS:

This week (27 March) via the Sadlers Wells Facebook page you can see the Ballet Boyz show Deluxe. I've not seen a lot of ballet but their last show moved me to tears.

The Met Opera is streaming productions free. Visit their website for details via @kjbkjb
 
@Robmyles has set up a Shakespeare play reading group and will be live streaming the readings. Details available here. via @polyg
 
Hollywood Reporter has this story about a group of actors in the US doing their own version of the 24 hours plays while adhering to social distancing. It will be streamed and you can read the piece here. via @polyg
 
The BBC has launched 'Culture in Quarantine' and among its offering will be new filmed recordings of Almeida's Albion and Emma Rice's Wise Children. You can read the story here.
 
Headlong has teamed up with Century Films and a group of playwrights to produce 8 new plays for broadcast using virtual conference technology. Details on Headlong's website.
 
NT Live is going to stream one production every Thursday at 7pm starting on 2 April. Details of the first four productions can be found on the National Theatre website.
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RSC's Twelfth Night (2017)
 
Hampstead Theatre has teamed up with The Guardian and is streaming a play a week for free. This week is Mike Bartlett's Wild from tomorrow. For details head to Hampstead's website.
 
Penatabus Theatre is releasing past productions to watch for free, see their website for details.
 
To celebrate World Theatre Day, the RSC is doing a watch-along in conjunction with Marquee TV of its 2017 production of Twelfth Night. The show kicks off at 7.15pm on 11 April and details can be found here.
 
The Orange Tree Theatre is streaming new play Amsterdam for free via its website. It's available until 27 April and you can find more details here.
 
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I'll update this list as and when but if you know of something I've missed, let me know in the comments or email me and I'll add.
 
 

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