Coronavirus

Theatre on Screen

Across the country, theatres and institutions such as the BBC are working towards creating and developing content that we can watch from our own front rooms (or bedrooms, or home-offices, or – if we’re really in need of a break from the household – the bathroom). There is now an abundance of theatre on screens because of the lockdown, and it’s a great opportunity to see wonderful plays you may have otherwise missed. 

Here’s my overview of some of the key things that are on offer over the next few weeks – or months. 

BBC Culture in Quarantine

BBC - Culture in Quarantine

It’s no secret that I love the BBC. Their sounds app has brilliant podcasts and really interesting programmes that I often recommend to students. 

I’ve only included a very brief overview of some of the things the BBC will be bringing us over the next few weeks, but the link to their website is in the box below. 

BBC Culture in Quarantine - top picks

Mary Beard Culture in Quarantine

Front Row Late

I could happily write an enitre article on the merits of Mary Beard. But to summarise: she's brilliant. Inspiring, clever, and not a bit condesending, she makes classics interesting and brings light to a range of subjects. It's a topical discussion programme and I'm particularly interested in the episode where she has Margaret Atwood as her guest.

Theatre on screen Culture in Quarantine

Theatre on Screen

The BBC will also be streaming several theatre productions on iPlayer. I will be tuning into 'Albion', 'Wise Children' and 'Frankenstein: How to make a monster'. Most 'A' level English literature courses will touch on many of the themes in these productions, so they are highly recommended for students studying English at 6th form or college.

Simon Armitage Poet

Radio

Simon Armitage, poet laureate and well known amongst anyobdy who has taken English literature GCSE in the last 20 years, has gone to his shed. It might sound like a grumpy old man going off in a huff to escape, but the new podcast will feature guests including Kate Tempest, Antony Gormley, Lily Cole, Maxine Peake and more so it would be well worth a listen.

Culture in Quarantine - theatre on screen

RSC and BBC

Shakespeare

Macbeth

Macbeth has become by far the most popular Shakespeare text to study for GCSE. Here's a great opportunity for those sitting exams next year to start revising!

Romeo and Juliet

For anyone who is not yet bored of the Baz Luhrmann version of the play, here's another opportunity to watch those star crossed lovers.

Much Ado About Nothing

An updated version of the play: Much Ado (Love's Labour's Won) was paired with Love's Labour's Lost in 2014 and set either side of WW1.

Othello

Othello is famous for having a person of colour as the protagonist, but this production plays around with ideas about race as it casts Lucian Msamati as Iago.

National Theatre

The National Theatre are set to announce the National Theatre at Home series of productions that the public can stream at home. 

Titles to be included potentially include:

  • One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Jane Eyre
  • Treasure Island
  • and Twelfth Night. 

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