Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s THE GIRL AND THE RAVEN

Young viewers will love this short adaptation of the Icelandic folk legend of The Girl and The Raven. The story is based on events surrounding a huge landslide in Vatnsdalur, Iceland in 1545, laying waste to the farm of Skíðastaðir. Tradition says that one girl survived in an extraordinary manner…

It is a Handbendi Production, supported by Little Angel Theatre.

This film will be released for free on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel.

The show lasts approximately 10 minutes and is available for one year.

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 the joy of theatre.


Created by Greta Clough
Performed by Sigurður Líndal þórisson (narrator) and Elín Rannveig Líndal (girl)
Music by Paul Mosley
Sound design by Sigurvald Ívar Helgasson

Handbendi is a professional puppetry and theatre production company based in Hvammstangi, Northwest Iceland.

Greta Clough is the artistic director and creative producer of Handbendi. Greta is an award winning international performer, director, and playwright. She is the former Associate Artist of Little Angel Theatre and has over a decades experience creating and touring original theatre productions around the world.


The Finborough Theatre’s SCROUNGER

Available now is Athena Stevens’ fascinating play SCROUNGER, available to view until the end of January 17th.

The first production of the Finborough Theatre’s 40th anniversary year, the world premiere of Finborough Theatre Playwright in Residence and Olivier Award nominee Athena Stevens’s new play SCROUNGER is a head-on look at the issues around disability, not for the faint-hearted.

On the streets of Elephant and Castle, everyone likes to make speculations about Scrounger. She needs help, she must not be aware of the complexities of the world, she is sent from the demons to torture her mum… at least according to her Nigerian Uber driver.

Scrounger doesn’t care. A successful online personality, she’s got more power from her bedroom than anyone on the Southwark estates could dream of. She’s educated, she’s ballsy, and with a huge network of online allies, Scrounger is a woman who knows how to make change happen.

That is, until an airline destroys her wheelchair.

Inspired by real events and a lawsuit initiated by Stevens herself, SCROUNGER drives towards the realities of how Britain is failing its most vulnerable and the extreme cost paid by those seeking justice.

You can read my three and a half-star review of SCROUNGER here

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Finborough Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.


David Bowie’s LAZARUS available online from 8 -10 January (paid event)

A filmed performance from the London run of David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s LAZARUS, starring Michael C. Hall and Beetlejuice star Sophia Anne Caruso, will stream on January 8-10, to mark both Bowie’s birthday – and the fifth anniversary of his death. The film will be available for three showings only in multiple time zones, and tickets cost from £16.


Producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment Inc are making available the London production of LAZARUS, captured live on stage in 2016.

Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton as he remains still on Earth – a man unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton over the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul might finally set him free.

LAZARUS includes songs from Bowie’s iconic catalogue as well as brand-new music written for the stage.

Michael C Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”) stars as Newton, the character famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth directed by Nicolas Roeg. LAZARUS co-stars Sophia Anne Caruso (“Beetlejuice” on Broadway) and the production is directed by Ivo van Hove (“All About Eve”, “Network” and “A View From The Bridge”).

LAZARUS broke box office records when it played a strictly limited, sold-out run in New York in 2015. The production then moved to the King’s Cross Theatre in 2016 where it played a sold-out 13-week run.

This live-streamed event will be available for three performances only in multiple time zones (GMT, AEDT, EST, PST) from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 January 2021. In the UK the shows will start at 7.00pm GMT on 8 and 9 January, and at 3.00pm GMT on 10 January.

Additional donations are encouraged and will be shared between two charities – Theatre Artists Fund and Help Musicians.

You can find tickets for the event here – for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full details on how to access the show will be available in the DICE app and sent by email 30 minutes before the stream is due to start. For a full list of FAQs please visit the following link:

Great stage musicals and plays make Sky Arts first Freeview Christmas schedule sparkle

Sky Arts first Freeview Festive season looks set to pull out all the stops with its season of classic plays and iconic musicals.

Firstly, at 8:00pm on Sunday 20th December
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2020 are presented by Melvyn Bragg; the annual ceremony honours people from the worlds of art and culture, and is now in its 24th year.

Then, at 9:00pm on Monday 21st December you can see the National Theatre’s acclaimed Twelfth Night from 2017 starring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in a gender-twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity staged at the National Theatre (available with subtitles).

At 9.00pm on Tuesday 22nd December you can see The Sound of Music – Live! This adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical was originally broadcast live on US TV from Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York, in December 2013.

At 9:00pm on Wednesday 23rd December you can see Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert- A New York City production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock musical, with an all-star cast including John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles and Jason Tam.

At 9:00pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, you can enjoy The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall; Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess star in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, marking 25 years since it opened in the West End, with the show telling the story of a disfigured musical genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.

On Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December) there is a remarkable Boublil and Schönberg double-bill. At 6.05pm you can enjoy the 25th Anniversary concert production of Les Misérables. This is followed at 9.00pm by the spectacular production of Miss Saigon.

Plays reappear on 28 December at 9.00pm with Sally Cookson’s acclaimed NT production of Jane Eyre.

The musical fare is rounded off on Wednesday 30 December at 9.00pm with a recorded performance of Billy Elliot the Musical.

All in all, a good variety of music and drama to keep those live theatre pangs at bay for a little while longer. Happy Christmas!

NT panto to be broadcast free from 23-27 December

Here’s a bit of good cheer for all you young at heart Panto-holics! If you can’t go to the Panto, then this year the Panto will be coming to You!

The National’s drafted-in production of DICK WHITTINGTON which has been sadly curtailed for live performance, has – in the nick of time- been recorded for broadcast via the National’s YouTube channel from 23 to 27 December.

The National said “In honour of all the theatres that have been forced to cancel their Christmas pantos, we’re sharing DICK WHITTINGTON for FREE from 3pm (UK time) on 23 December until midnight (UK time) on 27 December.

Freshly updated for 2020 by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd, this hilarious and heartfelt new version of the classic tale is packed with the cheekiest of jokes, the chattiest of animals, the awesomest of songs and the messiest of silliness.

As you enjoy watching the show, please support a theatre near you by making a donation or booking tickets for 2021.”

When the notice about Tier 3 status and closure became a reality last week, the cast and technical team worked tirelessly to bring forward the projected filming date so that they could just get the show “in the can” before the curtains fell yet again, and the NT along with London’s world-leading West End theatres, experienced their first ever “dark Christmas”.

So this year, although Covid-19 is the real villain, we can all still raise a laugh thanks to this most British of entertainments! Hooray!

You can find the National Theatre’s YouTube channel here