You Can Stream World-Renowned Theater Online Right Now

Can you stream a live theater experience? Here we are, months away from feeling comfortable enough to sit in a packed theater with other people. For films, the answers are a lot easier. Movie studios changed the way they’re releasing films and even the rules for qualifying for an Oscar. But for live theater, the path is less clear. Broadway shuttered in the middle of March, the consequences of which remain unknown. Theater companies are adapting, offering exceptional performances for free on YouTube and their websites. Consider donating if you stream the content, to help the arts make it through an unprecedented time.

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Goodman Theater

2666, the epic theatrical adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel of the same name, is now streaming for free in five parts.


Unprecedented: Real-Time Theatre from a State of Isolation brings together playwrights and actors as the company leans-in with streaming. The show generates digital short plays created from places of isolation. The performances are partially live, with prerecorded material.

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*OPENING TONIGHT* BORDERS A play by Nimrod Danishman. For THREE nights only At the Hudson Guild Theatre! June 25th, 26th, and 29th What divides or connects two people who meet online? The virtual fantasy, the distance, the foreignness? Boaz and George meet on Grindr. There's immediate attraction and they want to meet but realize they cant. One lives in Israel, one in Lebanon. Is it just the physical border that keeps them apart? Could their virtual relationship live in the real world? Info and tickets at:… . . Trailer credits: Starring: Eli Schoenfeld Editing: Mor Cohen Photo credit: דר' אבישי טייכר, מתוך אתר פיקיויקי . . #theatre #nyctheatre #offoffbroadway #lgbt #lgbtqia #pridemonth #grindr

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Dirty Laundry Theater

Borders tells the story of two men who meet on Grindr; one lives in Israel, the other in Lebanon. The play investigates the powers that bring people together online and in person, it’s streamed live with performances from the actors in their homes.

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National Theater at Home

Every Thursday, the National Theater releases a play from their archives to stream on YouTube for free and leaves it up for a week to watch at your leisure. Catch performances by Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, and James Corden just to name a few.

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The Metropolitan Opera

Enjoy a different opera every night, streaming from the Met’s archives. Each opera stays up for 20 hours until the next release. For homeschooling parents, the Met also offers a Free Student Stream, along with a supporting curriculum for students.

The Show must Go On!

Every Friday, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group releases a new musical on the YouTube channel where it streams for 48 hours. They’ve already released Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cats.

The Neo-Futurists

With a suggested donation from $3-$9, you can stream a new The Infinite Wench play every week. The company cranks through 30 plays in 60 minutes.

Baryshnikov Arts Center

The performance center reaches back into its 15-year archives to release a new multi-camera edited video every Thursday with an introduction by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Each release stays online until the following Tuesday.

The Globe

Lovers of the Bard, rejoice. Every fortnight (two weeks) the historic Shakespearean theater releases a new performance from its archives.

Great Performances from Thirteen

From PBS, you can now get free access to five of the episodes from Great Performances, you can subscribe for full access to their full archive. Available episodes include Kevin Kline in Present Laughter.


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