1. Looking A Lot Like Christmas
Where – Youtube website
The Donmar Warehouse invites you to join them for a special festive concert full of joy and reflection. Filmed in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church in the heart of Covent Garden, affectionately known as The Actors’ Church, this hour-long concert of musical numbers, sketches and seasonal poetry is directed by Simon Evans, performances by artists including Marc Antolin, Jim Carter, Paul Chahidi, Rosalie Craig, Minnie Driver, Inua Ellams, Jordan Douglas, Sharon Rose, Imelda Staunton, Athena Stevens, Giles Terera and Susan Wokoma – with a few surprise special guests joining in the merriment digitally from their own living rooms. Join these Hollywood and West End stars for a moment of brightness and warmth as they come together (albeit virtually) to mark the most wonderful time of this most unusual of years.
2. Letters Live
Where – Youtube Website
With Jude Law, Olivia Colman, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Welcome to this special archive film of some of the best ever performances of incredible letters, taken from the beautiful Freemasons’ Hall. Across 2015 and 2016, Letters Live produced 15 shows at the Freemasons’ Hall, London. With no two shows being the same. Here is just a small selection of some of their favourite readings from those shows.
3. The Habit Of Art
Where – Original Theatre Website
Alan Bennett is one the greatest and most celebrated British playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion. In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity. This production directed by Philip Franks marks the first ever revival of the play and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).
4. Christmas At The (Snow) Globe
Where – Shakespeare Globe Website
Sandi Toksvig and her merry company bring laughter, carols and the joy of Christmas from the Globe Theatre straight to your home with this very festive film premiere. A child stands in the wooden ‘O’ waiting for the show to begin but something’s not quite right. The theatre is bare. Where are the players, the audience and stewards? Fear not – the Snow Globe gang are not going to let anything stop them from giving this child, and everyone at home the gift of theatre, especially at Christmastime!
5. Sunset Boulevard
Where – Curve Online Website
Following its success in Leicester and on tour across the UK and Europe throughout 2017/18, the theatre is thrilled to be revisiting their award-winning Made at Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in this captivating concert performance, recorded and streamed to enjoy from the comfort of home.
Set over a turbulent New Year’s Eve in 1940s Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the performance will see Ria Jones reprise her role as silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, with Danny Mac returning as penniless screen writer Joe Gillis. Further casting will be announced soon.
A 16-piece orchestra – the largest to accompany a musical in the UK this year – will also join the sumptuously costumed cast in realising Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s epic and globally-adored score, including Sunset Boulevard, The Greatest Star Of All and As If We Never Said Goodbye.