Explore a wealth of architecture as London Open House carries on online and in person

This weekend, September 19 and 20, many interesting and usually private buildings will once again open their doors to those of us who take pleasure in exploring their design and construction.

This year, a high proportion of “visits” will be virtual ones as the explorations happen online, but it hasn’t stopped the organisers from gathering an impressive array of different types of building.

Once again theatres will take part, and you can find theatre listings by clicking here

You can visit the Open House website by clicking here

You can watch Sky Arts for free from today

Sky Arts, the TV channel dedicated to culture, arts and music, becomes available on Freeview and Freesat from today, September 17th.

Sky Arts was created in 2000 and was previously only available for paying subscribers to Sky and other pay-TV companies. 

The 24 hour- a -day channel includes in its programming documentaries, movies, operas and more – all related to culture and the arts. They also have a number of shows based around competitions, which may or may not be your “bag”. Not being a Sky customer, I have not experienced the channel before, but I must say that I am naturally suspicious of / resistant to anything which has emanated from the diseased empire of the Murdoch clan.

The channel also has a large library of on-demand content, however this will remain exclusive to NOW TV and Sky subscribers.

On Freeview, you can find SkyArts on channel 11, and on Freesat, on channel 147.

Enjoy A HISTORY OF DISRUPTION – a free online talk from the National Theatre Archive

DAYTIME EVENT – Fri 18th September at 14:30 BST

This unusual and intriguing online talk will take you through periods of disruption in the National Theatre’s history, from the very movement that founded the theatre, right up to the present day’s unprecedented closure. It will also highlight a variety of ways in which anyone can access and enjoy National Theatre content from home.

The event is expected to last about 30 minutes, with time for audience questions at the end.

This event is hosted by the National Theatre Archive and is part of Lambeth Heritage Festival 2020.

Book here to request access to this talk

Enjoy an online journey through Streatham’s Theatre History

Foyer of Streatham Hill Theatre. Photo courtesy Tim Hatcher

When entertainment was not readily available or affordable, Streatham-ites have always made it themselves. The first building constructed with theatre in mind was opened in 1888, and within 40 years, the entertainment on offer in Streatham rivalled that of the West End. This online talk reflects the way in which professional and amateur theatre have complemented each other through the ages, and shows how talented amateurs became stars of the West End stage.

This comprehensive online talk is on Tuesday 15th September 7.00-8.30pm BST and will be given by Liz Burton of the Streatham Society, Streatham Theatre Company and Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre

Book here to request a place and enter “Theatre” in the subject

This event is hosted by the Streatham Society. Part of Lambeth Heritage Festival 2020.

You may also be interested to read my comprehensive and fully-illustrated article about the jewel in Streatham’s theatrical crown, the 2800-seater Streatham Hill Theatre (which has just celebrated its 92nd birthday). Read the article here

Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s MOON RIVER

The excellent Little Angel Theatre are offering another show for free online until 30th September

The song Moon River received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its performance by Audrey Hepburn in the film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S in 1961.

Here, in Tim Hopgood’s illustrated edition, a little girl goes on a magical journey along the Moon River, which flows from her bedroom out into the big wide world.

Hopgood’s illustrations will be brought to life with design by Alison Alexander, and new recordings of the songs by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr. The team will be working together to create the shows remotely, following social distancing guidelines.

The show lasts about four minutes and is suitable for younger children.

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access and experience the joy of theatre.

Watch MOON RIVER here

This is an adaptation of one book in Tim Hopgood’s classic songbook series. You can also watch a show featuring another song/book in this series, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, by clicking here


A Little Angel Theatre Production

Designed by Alison Alexander
Performed and filmed by Alison Alexander and Chris Mason
Music performed by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr
Recordings mixed by Jonathan Lee

Moon River
Composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
By permission of SONY/ATV Music

Artwork © Tim Hopgood, published by Oxford University Press.