Virtually London: online theatre shows

Don't miss out on some of the best London theatre shows, now available to enjoy virtually from the comfort of your own home!
Actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform a scene on stage at the Old Vic
Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform in Lungs at the Old Vic. Credit: Helen Maybanks. Image courtesy of the Old Vic.
Although London theatres are temporarily closed for live performances due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy London’s current, past and new theatre online, from Shakespearean classics to hard-hitting comedy.

Classic theatre productions

  • See the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson and Tom Hiddleston in National Theatre at Home's performances, for free, every Thursday. Each show is also free to stream for a week afterwards. Thursdays at 7pm
  • Sing along to some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's biggest West End musicals with The Shows Must Go On. Past shows included Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Fridays at 7pm
  • Make use of the free content on Globe Player, Shakespeare’s Globe’s online platform, which also offers recordings of its productions for a small fee. Also keep an eye out for free streams of classic plays on the Globe's Youtube channel.
  • Head over to Official London Theatre's YouTube channel for your fix of theatre, behind-the-scenes videos and interviews.
  • Hear a global cast read complete Shakespearean works, from Romeo and Juliet to The Taming of the Shrew, every week with The Show Must Go Online. Wednesdays at 7pm
  • Listen to The Prince of Egypt songs as Ghostlight Records releases its original cast recording.

Live sessions and new shows

  • Log in to Zoom and become part of Incoming Festival’s work_from_home theatrical experience, which was originally due to take place at New Diorama this summer. Until 3 Jul
  • Children with autism and their families can enjoy performances of Shakespeare’s Pericles from the Flute Theatre via Zoom. Until 18 Jul
  • Watch the world online premiere of The Beast Will Rise, a collection of monologues by Philip Ridley each week. Saturdays at 7pm
  • Catch the National Youth Theatre's live Sunday Sessions from young musicians on its YouTube channel. Sundays
  • Watch Bush Theatre’s heart-warming and poignant series of Monday Monologues, written and recorded during the lockdown by UK and Irish writers including Travis Alabanza, Sophie Ellerby and Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu. Mondays
  • Explore themes of workplace fear with dark comedy Contractions, performed in British Sign Language and spoken English by Deafinitely Theatre at New Diorama. 
  • Revisit scripts and music from Homo Promos’ A Gay Century, a special lockdown series of one-act operas exploring the gay history of the 20th century, from tales about Oscar Wilde to the first civil partnership register in London.

Paid-for shows

  • Catch the many shows available with Soho Theatre On Demand (£4).
  • Watch Claire Foy and Matt Smith reunite to perform a socially distanced version of Lungs live from the iconic Old Vic’s stage. The revival of Lungs will be followed by a series of rehearsed play readings, all streamed live as part of the Old Vic: In Camera series (£10-£65). Until 4 Jul
  • See one of the world’s most famous shows and catch behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast, at a home-sitting with Les Misérables – The Staged Concert, available on digital download (£9.99).
  • See opera and ballet streamed live from the Royal Opera House, as part of its weekly Live from Covent Garden series (£4.99). Until 11 Jul

Audiobooks

  • Download a free audiobook of play My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Laura Linney, as performed at The Bridge Theatre in 2018.
Find more things to see and do from home with our Virtually London guide; including online gigs and concerts, fun and educational learning experiences, all manner of virtual dance classes, top online exhibitions and virtual museum tours.