With families staying home due to the Coronavirus, the way entertainment is consumed has changed. While we cannot go to the big screen, the small screen has definitely stepped-up!
As the world moves indoors and audiences are no longer allowed out, many LIVE performances now offer their performances online for free! For many of us, that will mean "bringing" the family to catch performances half-way around the world for the first time too!
Here is a list you won't want to miss!
Free Broadway Hits!
Broadway HD is a subscription-based website to stream Broadway hits is now offering a 7-day free trial. Simply sign-up for a plan (and remember to cancel if you don't intend to subscribe), and you can binge-watch for the next 7 days!
National Theatre at Home
From April 2nd, the National Theatre in London will be streaming productions on its YouTube channel, with the online premiere of James Corden in the hit show One Man, Two Guvnors.
More shows are planned till May, and are available LIVE at 2 am in Singapore, but don't worry about the timing as each show will be available for viewing for 7 days.
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia announced that for the first time in the history of the conference, many classic opera and ballet performances (called the "Golden Series") were broadcast LIVE on the theater's Youtube channel for everyone to watch for free. The schedule is as below
- 27.03 – Swan Lake
- 28.03 – The Sleeping Beauty
- 01.04 – The Tsar ’s Bride
- 04.04 – Marco Spada
- 07.04 – Boris Godunov
- 10.04 – The Nutcracker
The Montreux jazz festival has just made more than 50 festival concerts available to stream for free, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana and more. You can access them for free for 30 days at Stingray Qello
- Go to stingray.com/FREEMJF1M
- Enter the code FREEMJF1M
- Find all the Montreux Jazz Festival concerts here: stingray.com/MJF
Daily Opera and Ballet Screening
Vienna State Opera had to cancel all performances up to April 13, 2020, and is now opening its Livestream archives, so that music lovers all over the world will still be able to enjoy opera and ballet, and on weekends, the little ones may also enjoy Children's Opera too!
Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform – worldwide and free of charge.
So while the COVID-19 situation is indeed worrying, and keeping us at home, it doesn't mean there is "nothing to do" at home. Do you have other online resources for families? Let us know in the comments below.