As lockdown stretches on, the incredible arts community continues to innovate and create new ways of sharing and experiencing culture online. We’re rounding up our current cultural highlights below featuring work across all our normal genres, comedy, screenings and theatre to name a few.
comedy at the covid arms
Enjoy some of the best comedy and entertainment out there from the comfort of your very favourite armchair. The comics will be streaming from their homes all over the UK. Jake set up The Covid Arms as a virtual pub to hang out in with thirty or so friends when the real pubs weren’t allowed to open anymore. After calling in a few favours with mates such as Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and Rosie Jones, the first hangout raised £13,500 for The Trussell Trust. The comedy continues weekly with a stellar line-ups including Russell Howard, Sara Pascoe and Ed Gamble.
frankenstein returns to the big screen
Watch Danny Boyle’s monster hit Frankenstein (2011) from the National Theatre, available on YouTube for a week. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. During its original run, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller swapped the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature respectively each night. You’ll be able to see both performances as each character! What a treat.
the midnight gang takeover at chichester festival theatre
David Walliams’s The Midnight Gang, adapted by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, will be streamed online from Chichester Festival Theatre. The show premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, directed by Dale Rooks. This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness, about a gang of children who each night escape from their hospital beds to make their dreams come true, is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest-selling children’s book of 2016.
dame judi at the orange tree theatre
Dame Judi Dench in conversation will be available to watch online to support the Orange Tree Theatre. From Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to M in the James Bond films, this is an exclusive insight into an incredible career from one of Britain’s best loved actors. Originally filmed live in 2017 in conversation with Gyles Brandreth.
We are missing welcoming audiences to our building, but we’ll keep sharing ways you can still enjoy all our genres online until our re-opening. Find our other cultural recommendations over on our news blog.