Go Virtual With These Incredible Art Performances Around The World

Tired of watching the same shows everyday? How about we turn to theatres and live performances instead? During these difficult times, artists and arts organizations have been digging their digital libraries and turning them into digital events. 

So, let’s step inside to some of the most beautiful theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in the world and experience the grandeur and drama of these iconic venues—anytime, anywhere.  

1. The National Theatre 

During the lockdown, the National Theatre has come up with a novel way for the public to still enjoy the best from the stage. The best part of it all is that it’s free to watch. Every Thursday at 7 pm BST on the theatre’s official YouTube channel, fans will be able to stream a selection of performances for a week.

The first show, which became available from Thursday 2 April, was One Man, Two Guvnors featuring James Corden.

From Thursday 9 April, theatre lovers can stream Sally Cookson’s bold reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre.

The National Theatre at Home initiative has won praise from fans for being given the chance to watch the plays for free. But it’s all been made possible by the various cast and crews of the plays who have waived their rights.

For now, the National Theatre At Home will go on until April 23.

2. The Home Opera 

During the confined quarantine period in France, the Paris Opera will be offering to the public its most beautiful ballets and operas to stream from its website for free. 

The great opera classics available online for free

From 17 March, the Paris Opera will be putting its most beautiful shows from its archives online free of charge. From Don Giovanni to Swan Lake and The Tales of Hoffmann, there are many great classics to see or rediscover from home.

3. Sadler’s Wells

London’s most famous dance theatre, Sadler’s Wells, presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark.

Sadler’s Wells is also presenting free online activities for people to dance along to at home, with Family Dance Workshops specially created to connect with younger children, and Company of Elders Workshops for older audiences. 

4. Shakespeare’s Globe 

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre will release 40 productions on its Globe Player service for free every fortnight starting April 6. Six main stage plays, such as Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet and The Merry Wives Of Windsor, will be presented for two weeks on a rolling cycle.

Seeing these performances lovingly-recreated with all of the costuming (and even pronunciation) from Jacobean England, you can get the flavor of this wondrous achievement in bringing cultural history into the present with the virtual tour. 

5. The Metropolitan Opera

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Metropolitan Opera—better known as the Met— hopes to brighten the lives of their audience members even while their stage is dark. 

Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the d to connect with younger children, and Company of Elders Workshops for older audiences. 

6. Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Music For Hope’

On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy, by invitation of the City and of the cathedral, and thanks to the hospitality of the Archpriest and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo.

There will be no audience present, and strictly no access for the public (in compliance with government regulations on Covid-19), but the concert will be exclusively streamed live globally on the tenor’s YouTube channel, from 6pm UK time, (1am Malaysia Time, 13th Apr) uniting the world in the face of a global pandemic. (Watch here).