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10 Big Shows You Can Stream Online

· Emma Cooke · Culture

Enjoy a night at the theatre from your sofa.

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Bring the West End into your living room with these shows you can watch online.

If you’re craving a feel-good trip to the theatre, you’re in luck, because there’s a whole host of incredible shows online. You can immerse yourself in West End musicals, ravishing operas and awe-inspiring ballets with just a click, so grab the popcorn and swap those mundane TV programmes for something a little more cultural.

Hamilton

The hit Broadway musical Hamilton is available to stream on Disney+ for £5.99. It’s the story of America’s forgotten founding father, Alexander Hamilton, told through modern rap and R&B. That’s right – acclaimed playwright Lin Manuel Miranda has changed the beat of American history by setting it to hip-hop. In this energetic performance, you’ll follow Hamilton on his journey from being a poor, orphaned immigrant to leading the American revolution and becoming George Washington’s right hand man.

You can watch it on Disney+…

The Wind in the Willows The Musical

If you want a colourful West End musical that the whole family will love, The Wind in the Willows is just the ticket. It’s £4.99 to rent on the production’s website – all you have to do is sign up and get watching. You’ll join Mole, Rat, Badger and the mischievous Mr Toad on all manner of misadventures as the much-loved children’s novel is brought to life. Mr Toad’s obsession with cars lands him in trouble – will he manage to claim back his home from Chief Weasel?

You can watch it on The Wind in the Willows website…

Swan Lake

A mix of magnificent costumes, astounding choreography and spine-tingling music, this is classical ballet at its finest. Bolshoi Ballet’s interpretation of Swan Lake has been performed in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres, but you can watch it in your front room thanks to Broadway HD, who currently have a seven-day free trial. Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, it follows Odette, a princess desperate to escape the curse that turned her into a swan.

You can watch it on Broadway HD…

The Turn of The Screw

You can watch one of Opera North’s most ambitious operas for free on their website. True to the classic tale, The Turn of the Screw is a spine-chilling production where soaring arias meet beautiful yet eerie music. In her duty to take care of two orphaned children, a newly-appointed governess finds herself caught between a spiritual world and the depths of her own imagination. If you enjoy chilling productions filled with menacing spirits, it’s the perfect choice.

You can watch it on Opera North…

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is an all-singing, all-dancing production that’s taken the West End by storm. It’s available to stream for free using Broadway HD’s seven-day trial and promises the ultimate escape, full of glitz, glamour and plenty of sass. Charlie and Lola are an unlikely pair – he’s a struggling factory owner and she’s a fabulous entertainer. But together, they come up with an ingenious plan to save his business, by making and selling erotic footwear to hilarious, musical effect.

You can watch it on Broadway HD…

1984

Northern Ballet has fused George Orwell’s dystopian tale with striking choreography and spine-chilling music to create a contemporary ballet unlike any other. You’ll be plunged into a conformist world, where Big Brother watches your every move. Despite the rules against it, Winston Smith falls in love with his co-worker Julia and a rebellious love story unfolds. But when the heavily-surveilled world around them catches on, it results in a chilling end brought to life through beautiful movements.

You can watch it on Marquee TV…

Timpson: The Musical

There’s nothing like a musical comedy to lift your spirits and Timpson: The Musical will do just that. You can watch it for free on YouTube and it stars the likes of The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc. The plot puts a comical twist on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, by following the the warring Montashoe and Keypulet families. Will this stop two star-crossed lovers from following their dreams? Expect original songs in this rib-tickling show by Gigglemug Theatre.

You can watch it on YouTube…

Windrush: Movement of the People

This remarkable production by Phoenix Dance Theatre is available to stream on Marquee TV for £4.99. Windrush: Movement of the People is a contemporary dance show that documents the arrival of the first Caribbean migrants to the UK. Using contemporary dance and a foot-tapping soundtrack of calypso, jazz, gospel and reggae, you’ll be transported through the decades on a journey that shows how multiculturalism has grown and changed in Britain.

You can watch it on Marquee TV…

King Lear

King Lear is one of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s most successful productions. You can watch a stream of the iconic performance on Marquee TV for £4.99. One of the company’s most famous actors Sir Anthony Sher stars as King Lear, an ageing monarch confronted with a messy family feud. He soon faces the consequences of his brash and egotistical actions in a show that’s full of tension, drama and tragedy.

You can watch it on Marquee TV…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

You can watch Lewis Carroll’s fantastical world unfold in a whole new way with this stunning adaption by The Royal Ballet. Available on Broadway HD, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is told entirely through dance, with a mind-blowing stage production to go with it. You can expect the usual madness – smiling Cheshire cats, chaotic tea parties and one very angry Queen of Hearts. It’s a great introduction to ballet, fusing classical moves with compelling storytelling.

You can watch it on Broadway HD…

Cover image credit: Helen Maybanks