A Very Stagey Lockdown

A lot has happened to the world in the past two weeks and now the UK is staying safe inside and we’re finding new ways to enjoy the arts. We wanted to use this blog to highlight some of the amazing initiatives the theatre industry is doing to keep us all entertained and to raise vital funds for charity in these tough times.

The first project we’re incredibly excited to shout about is a special fundraising event on Shakespeare’s Birthday, 23rd April. All the Web’s A Stage, which our very own Natalie is working on with the rest of the wonderful Theatre Together team, will be featuring artists Joanne Clifton, David Hunter, Marisha Wallace and more performing live from their homes. The event will be raising money for Acting for Others, Help Musicians and The Golsoncott Foundation.

On the theme of home performances, we’re working with the Crazy Coqs team on an exciting way of bringing the joy of cabaret to fans around the world. Stay at Home with Crazy Coqs involves videos of various acts performing to encourage donations to the Help Musicians charity. And, to keep actors and singers in paid work, Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre CafĂ© are working together on Leave a Light On which sees different performers doing 45-minute concerts broadcast from their homes. This project includes established performers and those just starting out so it’s a great initiative to tune into whenever you want to fill your home with some theatrical tunes.

But, if it’s a full theatre production you’re missing, the National Theatre and Andrew Lloyd Webber have got you covered. Every Thursday for the next few weeks, the National Theatre will be releasing a recording of one of their plays for you to watch, starting with the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnor which is live on their YouTube channel now. Likewise, Andrew Lloyd Webber is putting the recordings of his musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar, on a new YouTube channel for you to watch for a limited time.

For some laughs, check out @mischiefcomedy on Twitter for a live watchalong of 90 Degrees from The Goes Wrong Show tonight (all episodes are still available on BBC iPlayer!). Plus, Queens around the world are joining a massive SIX singalong to bring the Queendom together while the shows themselves are on hold.

We also loved seeing The Barricade Boys’ video with stars from Les Miserables singing Bring Him Home in honour of our amazing NHS staff.

Our hearts have been thoroughly warmed this week with all these wonderful initiatives and projects happening throughout the theatre industry. We wish you all to stay safe and well and hope we’ve given you some viewing ideas for a very stagey lockdown.