Orange Tree’s four-star WHILE THE SUN SHINES offers opportunities to view in January online

Those who were not able to get to see the Orange Tree’s excellent production of Rattigan’s biggest hit should be gearing up to buy tickets to stream this acclaimed production from home. Tickets start from £15. This production reunites the majority of the excellent cast seen in the Orange Tree’s first run of this production in mid-2019.

The Orange Tree’s On-demand service means that you can watch online any time from Friday 21 January at 7.30pm GMT to Monday 24 January at 11.59pm GMT.

The performance runs approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes. Captioning and audio description are also available.

The show is highly-recommended. You can read my four-star review of the 2019 production here.


Watch Now: six of Little Angel Theatre’s shows for younger audiences you can watch from home

After a flurry of shows announced earlier last year, I felt it was time to revisit the wonderful Little Angel Theatre’s programme of online shows for younger audiences.

Here are six of the shows currently available on their YouTube channel – check out the individual listings for making puppet instructions at home and games to play.

TOADSTOOL TALES: TRUFFLE’S IN TROUBLE is a 15-minute show presented by Little Angel Theatre Puppetry Intern Jessica Shead. A performance aimed at children ages 0-3.

The safe comfort of Mossy Glade in the deep forest is disrupted as a band of merry mushroom friends have one of their own snatched away! Penny and Shaggy embark on an adventure into the great unknown to rescue Truffle, encountering many exciting characters, environments and obstacles along the way. Will they be able to use their wits to save the day and return home to Mossy Glade?

ENVIS AND OUTO a new digital puppetry show presented by Samantha Sutherland productions, in association with Little Angel Theatre.

Envis and Outo are snowflakes. Every year their community undertakes an incredible journey from ice to water to air to water to ice again. But the extraordinary thing is, they can never return looking the same. Envis refuses to join in The Journey because she doesn’t like change. Can Outo persuade her that there is so much more to see? The film will be available until March 21st 2022.

THE QUANGLE WANGLE’S HAT is a 10-minute show presented by Pinwheel Theatre, in association with Little Angel Theatre.

The Quangle Wangle is lonely. Sitting sadly at the very top of a tree, weighed down by an impractically gigantic hat, he wishes he had some company – and soon enough, his wish comes true! It turns out his enormous hat is just the kind of home that all sorts of strange and wonderful creatures have been looking for, and as word spreads they arrive and set up house. Created by the team behind Pinwheel Theatre and Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of Emma Dodd’s When… The film will be available until 25 April 2022.

SUITCASE CIRCUS is a 20-minute show presented by Folded Feather. It is a live globetrotting theatre performance which has graced the stage in pretty much every place you can imagine a show going on. This extraordinary menagerie is a who’s who of the world’s most talented objects. For your viewing pleasure this special online edition of our fantastic circus of discarded things will showcase a virtuosic dancing milkshake straw, the worlds only acrobatic potato sack, the magical hat-frog Timrek the Fantastico and much much more! All of this is cleverly tangled together by the anarchic, ringmaster-sock, Wobulous Discombobulous. The show will be available until 28 March 2022.

DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB is a five-minutes long show from Folded Feather, presenting a puppet-filled version of Chris Haughton’s ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab’ book, and is available until June 7th 2022.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… Oh. The waves! They’re ENORMOUS. “JEEPERS!” Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?

For ages 3 and over, FANTASTICO is by Ruby Saide and Jessica Shead and presented by Little Angel Theatre.

Elephant is tired, and just in need of a good sleep for 10 minutes or so. His old armchair is comfy but worn out, and he can’t sit down without it making twingy-twangy noises. Determined to get a good sleep, Elephant sets out to find the perfect chair to nod off in. He is lucky enough to get help from his neighbour Anteater and a friendly Kangaroo, who guide him through a series of chair disasters! Despite all the mishaps, Elephant finally returns home to find he had the best chair all along. This is a musical and playful adaptation of Sean Taylor’s work. This show will be available indefinitely.

Although all these wonderful shows are free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does unique and vital work in helping younger children to access the joy of theatre. A donation of any amount will help them to keep producing work which will keep future generations of theatregoers entertained whilst they are very young. Thank You.

Watch Now: Stage on Screen – BBC iPlayer shows you can see right now

UK TV License payers who have an iPlayer account can find a number of interesting shows which have either been filmed live or adapted for the screen.

Ranging from the much-acclaimed J’OUVERT and the RSC’s THE WINTER’S TALE to Katherine Parkinson’s interesting SITTING, the Lights Up collection has a dozen works for you to dip into during your time off. You can choose from shows which fit your time available – from 45minutes, or dive into a longer show which lasts up to three hours.

Whatever you choose – Enjoy!

Browse the collection here

Watch CONSTELLATIONS online until January 31st for half price!

Great news for anyone who missed this show in-person or online, or who fancies trying some acclaimed drama from the comfort of their own home this holiday season. All four casts of Michael Longhurst’s critically-acclaimed revival of Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS are once again available to watch online until 31 January 2022, now with a 50% saving.

Home viewers can now watch one, or all, of the four star casts of this show on demand via the Donmar’s dedicated platform 

Four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play in their own unique way. The four casts are: Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi & Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd.

Each production is now £7.50 to rent and households can watch the show for 24 hours from the time of purchase; or choose the multi buy of all 4 for £20, available for 14 days. Captioned and audio described versions are available in partnership with Stagetext and VocalEyes.