What’s in this week
Staying in again this week? You'll be needing our curated Muddy guide to the best things to stream from home then!
The show must go on (to YouTube). The National Theatre has already racked up some major brownie points from me for it’s brilliantly accessible NT Live shows in cinemas and are now going one step further to bring us West End shows for free. Each Thurs a new show is released on its YouTube channel– up this week is Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery.
Soho Theatre have also gone digital with several shows now on demand, with Phoebe Waller-Bridges brilliantly dark one-woman show Fleabag recently added to the bill. You only pay for what you want to watch (starting from £4), with Fleabag proceeds go to charity.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is also bringing his work to the masses for free on his new YouTube channel. Shows go live every Fri at 7pm and will be available to watch for 48 hours. This week’s show is TBC, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for Cats (let’s be honest, it needs redeeming after that totally creepy movie remake!).
You can also virtually attend Shakespeare’s Globe theatre with the venue releasing one show per fortnight on it’s YouTube channel. Up this week is 2018’s Hamlet (above), which you can view until 19 Apr along with backstage videos, rehearsal clips and more interactive resources.
For more Shakespeare, head over to streaming service Marquee TV where you can see shows from the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Henry V, The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice), along with performances by Bolshoi Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, documentaries and more. The service is free for the first 30 days and then a reasonable £8.99 per month.
Opera and ballet lovers take note: The Royal Opera House have launched a #FromOurHouseToYourHouse program to stream performances on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Shows are released on Fridays, and if you like the Facebook page you’ll be sent a reminder when the show is about to start – this week it’s The Royal Ballet’s The Metamorphosis (above). Shows are available for 30 days.
And finally, you can grab front row seats (on your sofa) to the incredible Cirque du Soleil in this 60 minute video special. A little escapism never hurt nobody!
Museums & Galleries
The Science Museum may be closed but it’s using the power of, erm, science to bring the exhibitions to you with virtual tours, online gamesand fun kids activities. The collection is also available to view online, with over 325,000 objects and items, many pf which you can view virtually in 3D.
If Renaissance, Baroque and Impressionism is more your bag, then head straight for the The National Gallery‘s website. The gallery has teamed up with Google Street view to create a virtual tour of the exhibition rooms (watch out for people caught nose picking on camera). And then the Tate Modern is offering a virtual tour of the new Andy Warhol exhibition complete with a commentary from curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran.
Hastings Contemporary in East Sussex wins the award for the most creative way to tackle lockdown with real-time tours around the gallery using a super-techy telepresence robot that patrols the exhibitions. And then, over at cool contemporary gallery Kettle’s Yardin Cambs, you can see snapshots of the exhibitions taken by webcam of the museum.
Settle into that sofa as it’s a brilliant week for telly with Quiz coming to ITV, a real-life drama based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal. Remember the coughing major in 2001? In truly delicious casting, Michael Sheen slaps on the fake tan and Tippex-style teeth whitener to play cheesemeister host, Chris Tarrant (Mon 13 Apr).
Meanwhile over on BBC iPlayer Jodie Comer returns as everyone’s favourite fashionista fatale Villanelle for Season 3 of Killing Eve. The good news is the BBC have bumped up the release date so we get to see the first episode a little sooner than planned. You can’t binge-watch this season though, as episodes will be realised weekly instead of all at once. Boooo (Mon 13 Apr).
Choirmaster and presenter of BBC’s The Choir Gareth Malone has recently set up a new initiative to bring together amateur and professional performers around the country. If you want to take part in The Great British Home Chorus (singing or playing an instrument) you can register here.
London Symphony Orchestra is also continuing to stream concerts from its archive every Thurs (7.30pm) and Sun (7pm) on its YouTube channel. This week you can listen to Mahler Symphony No 2, followed by Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. Music to my ears.
Kids bouncing off the walls with boredom? Abracadabra! JK Rowling to the rescue with Harry Potter at Home. The new online hub made in collaboration with Scholastic and Bloomsbury, has loads of activities, quizzes, crafts, reading and magic to keep the little people entertained.
Author Julia Donaldson (of The Gruffalo and Zog fame) is doing readings of her children’s books every Thurs at 4pm with guest illustrators. You can find the videos here.
For smaller kids, CBeebies presenter Maddie Moate has launched a YouTube show Let’s Go Live, airing weekdays at 11am. Each week has a different theme with games, craft projects, and interesting info.