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Best Seat in the House: Six Concerts And Shows You Can Stream From Home

Oscar Wilde once described theatre as the greatest of all art forms – the most immediate way we can share what it means to be human with others. Though the box office is closed and our ability to share theatre interrupted for now, the show must and will go on.

In between practicing the ukulele, learning the art of mixology or upskilling in the kitchen, you can get that cultural fix you crave without stepping outside the front door.

Whether you have a passion for live music, Broadway shows or classical concerts, these are the theatre companies and streaming services you’ll want to welcome into your home.

National Theatre London

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The National Theatre in London is keeping the artistic spirit alive by bringing some of its acclaimed productions to YouTube. National Theatre At Home will be free to watch, with new productions screened live every Thursday at 7pm GMT (5am Friday AEST).

Videos will be available on-demand for seven days, so there’s no need to become an early riser.

The first production making the jump from stage to the small screen will be Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by James Cordon. It’ll soon be joined by Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre, Bryony Lavery’s Treasure Island, and Simon Godwin’s adaptation of the Shakespearean classic Twelfth Night.

Vienna State Opera

A world away but closer than ever. Vienna State Opera is ready to take your at-home entertainment up an octave or two with its Live at Home streaming service. Romeo and Juliet, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni… you’ll find all the classics – and more.

Sign up for a free 30-day trial and enjoy all live events and up to three on-demand titles or become a paid subscriber to access the full gamut of content for around 16,90 Euro.

Sydney Opera House

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Australia’s most iconic house has plenty to keep you socially-distant-but-entertained with the newly launched digital initiative From our House to yours.

Adding to their already amazing online offering, they’ll be releasing new content every day from Wednesday to Sunday including full-length performances, behind-the-scenes videos, podcasts and more.

A dreamy performance by Missy Higgins in the Forecourt from Valentine’s Day 2019, the spectacular First Nations dance competition ‘Dance Rites 2019’, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Ninth are just the first act of what you can look forward to.

Broadway HD

The bright lights of Broadway have gone dark temporarily, but some the spotlight is still shining bright with some of its greatest shows available to binge-watch right now on Broadway HD. Best of all, you’re guaranteed the finest seat in the house.

This monthly subscription service gives you access to a plethora of on-demand titles such as The King and I, Kinky Boots, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Brokeback Mountain: The Opera. You can dip your toes in with a free seven-day trial, or just take a trip down the rabbit hole of live-streaming with a monthly or yearly subscription.

Until the lights go down and the curtains rise again, the spirit of the arts will live on.

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

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An icon of dance and song since 1776, Bolshoi in Moscow is one of the world’s most respected opera and ballet houses. Though founded in a simpler time, it’s jeté-ing into the digital age by live-streaming six of its most dazzling stage productions on YouTube until the April 10.

Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty have already been screened, but favourites such as Boris Godunov and The Nutcracker are still to come – for a limited time only. If you miss them, there’s still a wealth of amazing content to explore on their YouTube channel.

Marquee TV

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A bit like a ‘Netflix of the stage’, Marquee TV is a fantastic on-demand subscription service which brings together some of the world’s most respected theatre companies in one place. Recently launched in Australia, it features thousands of hours of content from exclusive titles to behind the scenes and director’s cuts.

The free trial period has been extended to 30 days, giving you plenty of time to peruse its wares.

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III starring David Tennant, the Bolshoi’s Swan Lake starring Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin, and Akram Khan’s award-winning Giselle at the English National Ballet are just a few of the standouts.

(Lead image: NYC Ballet – Symphony in C / Michel Lidva) 

Published 31 March, 2020