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What’s On – International: 7th – 13th Dec

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1. Crime Of The Century

What – Theatre Performance
When – Until 31st January 2021


Crime of the Century is a hard-hitting, raw piece of theatre which explores the issues surrounding gang violence. Using words and movement alongside a contemporary score of hip-hop and dance music, the performance packs a frightening punch and acts as a positive tool in the fight against the savagery of knife crime.

Crime of the Century was created in response to a number of fatal stabbings which have affected staff, students and members of Chickenshed over the last decade. Since then, it has toured theatres and schools alongside an innovative workshop programme for secondary school students. Tragically, ongoing events around this issue have highlighted its continuing need and impact.

2. National Theatre At Home

What – Subscription Service
When – Anytime

Where – National Theatre At Home Website

Following the success of National Theatre at Home earlier this year, the National Theatre have announced a new streaming service. In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the service will allow audiences to watch a series of productions wherever they are in the world, launching on 1 December. National Theatre at Home was one of the first theatre streaming services, with 16 productions streamed from April to July 2020. During the four months, streams clocked up over 15 million views and were watched in 173 countries worldwide.

“We were overjoyed to have had 15 million views for National Theatre at Home earlier this year and to discover we had reached so many audiences new to theatre both in the UK and worldwide.” said Lisa Burger, executive director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre. She continued to say: Since the last stream finished in July, we have been determined to find a way to give our audiences access to these stunning filmed productions online once again. With the agreement from artists, we are now able to showcase an extraordinary range of fantastic NT Live productions and, for the first time, some treasured plays from our NT Archive… We want National Theatre at Home to once again bring people together from all over the world after what has been a very tough 2020 for so many.”

3. The Cosmos With Brian Cox & The BBC Orchestra

What – Online Lecture Concert
When – 13th December 2020

WhereBarbican Website

Join one of the world’s pre-eminent physicists for a mind-bending musical voyage through space and time, set to a soundtrack inspired by the great unknowns of the Universe.

What does it mean to live small, finite lives in an infinite Universe? Prepare to confront some of the biggest questions of them all: questions of life, death, and the very meaning of our existence.

Cox draws on spectacular imagery and discoveries from 21st century cosmology to begin to provide some answers, while Dalia Stasevska conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by composers who grappled with these same questions through their music.

4. The Gruffalo

What – Theatre Performance
When – 11th – 13th December 2020

WhereTall Stories website

Tall Stories proudly present a special live-streamed version of their much-loved stage adaptation of The Gruffalo. Based on the classic book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and presented in association with The Lowry in Salford, the production will be broadcast live from London to audiences around the world!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood with songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups. This live-streamed version will feature exciting additional audience interaction and a free printable activity pack filled with ways to make your at-home theatre experience extra special.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

5. A Christmas Carol

What – Theatre Performance
When – 12th – 24th December 2020

WhereOld Vic Theatre website

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Old Vic stage this year, to be performed live from their auditorium and streamed to homes across the world. This Christmas, come together with your household or with friends and family online to take part in the music and merriment of this uplifting story, joyously adapted by Jack Thorne. A Christmas Carol will be performed and streamed live as part of the Old Vic: In Camera series.

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