New York Lincoln Center’s ACT ONE

The Lincoln Center in New York joins the esteemed theatres streaming their past successes with a warm and engaging memoir brought to life.

ACT ONE is an adaptation of the memoirs of Broadway legend, writer and director Moss Hart. Writer and director James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) adapts the memoir for the stage, rendering a funny and touching portrait of the artist as a young man. The celebrated cast of this 2014 production by Lincoln Center Theater includes Tony Award-winners Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.

Available from Saturday, June 20th at 1am UK time and then available on demand for two weeks until the end of Friday July 3rd.

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


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The National Theatre’s SMALL ISLAND

The National Theatre’s production of SMALL ISLAND is available to watch for free until 7pm on Thursday 25th June (UK time). It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2019.

Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in this moving stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel.

Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as SMALL ISLAND traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK as our characters dream of a better world. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots, in three intricately connected stories.

Featuring a company of 40 actors, including Leah Harvey, Gershwyn Eustache Jr and Aisling Loftus. SMALL ISLAND is adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris.

The running time is 2 hours 55 minutes with a very brief interval. It is subtitled.

GUIDANCE – BBFC rating is 15 due to some strong language, discriminatory behaviour, occasional sexual references and mild violence. Please note that, as part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, some characters in the play use racially offensive terms. This production contains strobe-like effects.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.


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Watch Now: Odéon Theatre’s THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES

For anyone missing theatre not in the English language, Paris’ much-celebrated Odéon Theatre company have made available online their 2018 stage recording of Moliere’s classic comedy of manners and infidelities, THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES.

For theatre lovers who don’t speak French, no problem – English subtitles are available by clicking the CC button at lower right on the video screen and selecting English.

To watch the show, click here

Breach Theatre’s IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE

ITS TRUE, ITS TRUE, ITS TRUE is an award-winning show from the company Breach which was highly praised at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, where it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. The show was due to play at the Barbican from March 31st to April 9th before performances were suspended. The streaming is available until May 17th.

This gripping dramatisation of a 1612 rape trial brought by the gifted painter Artemisia Gentileschi roars down the ages centuries after it shocked Renaissance Rome.

When Agostino Tassi, the pope’s favourite artist, was accused of raping 15-year-old Gentileschi, the ensuing seven-month case was widely publicised. IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE interweaves jaw-dropping court transcripts with history, myth, contemporary insight and moments of satire to ask: how much has really changed?

Filled with ire and using modern language, the devised show shines a spotlight on a remarkable woman who went on to triumph through her art.

If you watch and enjoy the production, please consider making a donation to Breach Theatre. All donations go directly to Breach Theatre.

This new film version, shot on location in a former chapel, was specially staged for TV and originally shown on BBC4. The film is produced by Artemisia Films and Breach and was commissioned by The Space for BBC Arts.

The show runs 75 mins and is suggested for audiences aged 14+
Please be aware that the show contains: strobe lighting, nudity, strong language, violence and sexual violence.

To learn more about Breach, visit their website here.