Online Activities

Need something to do or watch during lockdown? We have put together list of online activities, streamed theatre and more. Please see below. If you know of any resources that should be included please email

With more than 200,000 viewing in live to watch the National Theatre’s stream of One Man, Two Guvnors, it’s fair to say there’s still an appetite for people wanting to engage with theatre – even if it’s from their living rooms! With that in mind, we have put together a list of venues/online platforms that are currently streaming theatre shows. Unlike other lists currently out there, all of these shows are entirely free to watch and do not require you to sign up to any sort of subscription.

New exclusive theatre series created by Official London Theatre and SkyVIP
We’re excited to announce a new series of exclusive theatre content to continue to support the theatre industry and create opportunities for performers, all in collaboration with Sky VIP.

In a series of eight brand new videos, West End shows will provide audiences with half an hour of exclusive performances and cast Q & As.

Read more:

Kids Week (begins Sat 1 Aug)
Official London Theatre will be sharing quizzes, past performances and activities on social media each day from 1-31 August to celebrate Kids Week. We would love for theatres and shows across the country to get involved by highlighting their family offering throughout the month. Please tag us on Twitter @KidsWeek and use #KidsWeek on Instagram, and we’ll retweet where possible.

We also want to promote any events or activities that you are hosting to our Kids Week audience, via our website and to our database. Simply complete this formby midday on Monday 3 August and we’ll include as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

Deafinitely Youth Theatre Summer School

Due to Coronavirus they are taking our summer school online and will be offering this free digital summer school to deaf young Londoners aged 14-21 at the end of August. This project is funded by The Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund.

Leading BSL actors and creatives including Brian Duffy, Chris Fonseca and Nadia Nadarajah (with more to be announced) are working with Deafinitely Theatre to provide an action-packed week of eye-opening theatre workshops including improvisation, devising, physical theatre, visual vernacular and visual poetry.

DYT Summer School 2020 focuses on the theme of lockdown and will finish with a public performance over Zoom. It is a brilliant opportunity for young people to meet other deaf young people and learn more about getting involved in theatre – without even leaving your home!

If you have any questions about taking part, don’t hesitate to email

Deafinitely Theatre offers a support network that provides events and training schemes for those that want to achieve the Arts Awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Our Youth Coordinator is a trained accredited assessor for the Arts awards and is always on hand and available for those that require support, assistance and want to complete their arts awards during any of our events, workshops or productions.

West End Live Moves Online…

Taking place on an annual basis in Trafalgar Square, West End LIVE celebrates the incredible entertainment on offer in the heart of London, showcasing performances from every West End musical. With this year’s event being cancelled due to social distancing measures, West End LIVE will instead take place virtually via Facebook from 20-21 June, in which highlight videos will show performances from previous years.

The latest TheatreVoice podcast is now available online and on iTunes:

Giuseppe Cannas

Sam Marlowe sits down with Giuseppe Cannas, Head of Wigs, Hair and Make-up at the National Theatre, to find out about the extraordinary craft and minute detail involved in creating a production’s special effects. From hand-stitching every single hair, to creating exploding eyeballs, Cannas’ work not only involves a wide range of disciplines, but also managing a team of almost two dozen people. Recorded on 03 March 2020 at the National Theatre in London

TheatreShire Books Ltd

Are you looking for your next good read, interested in anything and everything related to the history of theatre? Take a look at the new April 2020 Theatreshire Books catalogue…

ETC -Top educational guest-blogger series

Over the years, lighting designers, programmers, researchers, and more have given their time to help explain some of the industry’s trickiest topics on our blog. Check out the roundup of some of our favorite and most informative guest posts at the link!

OISTAT Chat Webinar: Theatre Culture and Cities Lecture

OISTAT HQ brings the new project ”OISTAT Chat” this year. OISTAT Chat is a webinar on ideas for theatre around the world.

The first episode ”Theatre Culture and Cities”  invites OISTAT President Bert Determann to share his experience of placemaking in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

He will talk about how international collaboration 7 Square Endeavour achieves urban sustainability in an innovative way, how they turn “Schouwburgplein” into a vibrant cultural square and a place for civic engagement.

ABTT Members can join this event for FREE as the ABTT are one of the UK Centres for OISTAT.

#ArtQuarantined – Online Portrait and Art Challenges

Announcing #ArtQuarantined, an art-making challenge.⁠ This page has been set-up to enable us all to come together through creativity.

We will set a challenge, you simply submit your photos or videos using #artclassified and #artquarantined for story shoutouts. The best submissions will be featured on the art classified grid.⁠

Online Industry Resources: USITT

USITT have put together a fantastic list of relevant resources which are being updated daily. Do check these out!

Love and resources in the time of Corona Blog

This is an ongoing, imperfect, and updating list of any resources we can find for artists, creatives, and makers who are struggling with lost work or want to share work during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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