Happy #WorldTheatreDay

Let that lonely (self isolation) feeling wash away, raise the barricades and get ready to defy gravity, as today marks #WorldTheatreDay! While this year’s festivities can’t involve a trip to see a glittering West End show, there are still plenty of ways that you can celebrate your love of theatre…

Netflix and… sing?

One of the many gifts that the internet has given us is the ability to access and stream a myriad of films, tv programmes, music, podcasts – and now theatre too! Below we’ve rounded up the incredible selection of musicals, movie adaptations and plays currently available on a range of streaming platforms. Get bingeing!

Netflix

West Side Story (1961)
The classic musical of star-crossed lovers in New York City.

Les Misérables (2012)
Hugh Jackman… need we say more? The Oscar-winning adaptation is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
This 3-hour epic is the perfect way to pass #WorldTheatreDay.

Amazon Prime

The Last Five Years (2014)
Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (swoon) star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s hit musical.

Now TV

Dreamgirls (2006)
The film that propelled Jennifer Hudson to superstardom, get ready to belt I Am Telling You at the top of your lungs.

Grease
John Travolta in his prime and shaking his hips – what more could you need? And yes, there’s a sing along version too!

Soundtracks galore

Apple Music and Spotify users rejoice – with more soundtracks than ever before instantly available to stream and download, you can enjoy your favourite musical theatre tunes from the comfort of your home. Our top recommendations include…

SIX
Take six of the most infamous women in human history, write a girl-power fuelled smash-hit musical, cast ridiculously talented queens, record an album, and what do you end up with? The SIX: The Musical soundtrack. These are the perfect power ballads to get us through the drolls of self isolation!

Hamilton
With catchy music and impressive lyrics from talent power-house and all-round beacon of positivity, Lin-Manuel Miranda (if you don’t follow him on social media, we highly recommend), it’s no wonder that the Hamilton soundtrack is one of the most streamed worldwide. It could also be a great way to teach the kids some history as part of their home schooling!

Company (2018)
It wouldn’t be #WorldTheatreDay without Sondheim or Patti LuPone! Following a five-star West End run in 2018, the critically acclaimed gender-switched adaptation of Company transferred to Broadway in 2019, and has wowed audiences on both sides of the pond. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show yourself, listening to the soundtrack will give you a taste of the talent behind this new version of Sondheim’s classic.

The power of social media

The National Theatre recently announced that they will be uploading one of their past productions to their YouTube channel every Thursday at 7PM, and they they’ll also available on-demand for a full week afterwards. The first production to go live will be One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden in the role that saw him win a Tony award. This will be live from 2nd April, with full details on further productions available here.

Sadler’s Wells have also announced a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance,  wherever you are in the world while their live stages are dark. The programme launches today (Friday 27 March), with an exclusive online screening of Deluxe by  BalletBoyz at 7.30PM. It will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells Facebook page as the first in their weekly series  of  Sadler’s Wells  Facebook Premieres.

Game of Thrones fans that missed out on Maisie Williams’ stage debut are in luck – Hampstead Theatre have announced that they will be broadcasting their production of Lauren Gunderson’s play ‘I and You’, which tells the story of two students studying Walt Whitman on Instagram. Watch from March 23-29 on Hampstead Theatre’s IGTV @hampstead-theatre.

However you are celebrating #WorldTheatreDay, we hope you are staying safe and well!

Hamilton Pumpkins: How to make your #HamiLantern

Before you turn all Sweeney Todd and take a knife to your pumpkins, take a look at these fab templates which Hamilton The Musical shared with us! We thought they’d be the perfect addition to help “Theatre Up Your Pumpkin”.

We’d love to see your designs lit up for the big night!

1. Select stencil from album 2. Right click and save file to your computer 3. Open the file and print 4. Carve your #HamiLantern
1. Right click and save image to your computer
2. Open the file and print
3. Carve your #HamiLantern

1. Right click and save image to your computer 2. Open the file and print 3. Carve your #HamiLantern
1. Right click and save image to your computer
2. Open the file and print
3. Carve your #HamiLantern

1. Right click and save image to your computer 2. Open the file and print 3. Carve your #HamiLantern
1. Right click and save image to your computer
2. Open the file and print
3. Carve your #HamiLantern

Thanks to Hamilton The Musical for the awesome designs!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our blog post How To Theatre Up Your Pumpkin.

TWELVE MUST-HAVES FOR THEATRE FANS THIS XMAS

We sent our elves out to find the best gifts for Theatre Lovers. They came back with twelve perfect pressies – one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, ranging from the completely luxurious to the truly affordable. One thing they all have in common is that they’re utterly fabulous.

1. A trip to The Big Apple!

Luxury: Fly to New York in style with BA from London City airport
Budget: Check out apps like Skyscanner, Travelbag or Expedia. If you shop around, you can find flights in January from as little as £250 return.
Try to stay as close to Times Square as you can. We’d suggest the Hyatt Times Square if your budget stretches that far!
135 West 45th Street New York, New York, USA, 10036
Tel: +1 646 364 1234

Time out in Times Square
Hyatt Times Square – the captivating core of the Big Apple!

2. Tickets to see Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Luxury: Take your pick of the seats for Britain’s favourite Funny Girl but be quick before they all go!
Budget: Slip an IOU inside the original DVD (£6.80 at the time of writing)….with the promise to queue for £15 day seats nearer the time!

3. Membership of the Audience Club

The first rule of The Audience Club….shhh! Don’t talk about it!  You just pay £5.00 to their favourite charity.

The first rule of The Audience Club....
The first rule of The Audience Club? Don’t talk about it!

4. Hamilton The Musical

Luxury: Splash out and see Hamilton The Musical – set to sweep the board at the 2016 Tony Awards. (Flights and hotel not included!)
Budget: If you can’t get to New York, bag the Hamilton soundtrack.

5. A Trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Luxury: The eye-wateringly expensive Waldorf Astoria on Princes Street offers spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle – be sure to ask for a room with a view!
Budget: The University of Edinburgh offers student rooms which are basic but central.
Top tip: Book trains 12 weeks in advance for the very best deals. Everything is at a premium in Edinburgh during the festival – for good reason. It is utterly brilliant.

6. Theatre Tokens

The Society of London Theatre’s Theatre Tokens are the perennially popular Xmas gift whatever your budget. Perfect if you just can’t decide what to see!

7. Kristina från Duvemåla

If you haven’t heard this Abba-meets-Les Mis soundtrack then you really must. The Carnegie Hall concert recording has a string of 5 star reviews. Take a listen and you’ll soon hear why.

8. Café Press

Fabulous gifts for Theatre Lovers of all budgets at the wonderful Cafe Press. Pick pretty much anything from here and you’d even bring a smile to the Phantom’s face….

If it's got a Musical connection, you'll find it at Cafe Press
Seen the show, bought the T-shirt…

9. Dinner at Rules

A must for any theatre lover, Rules Restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is London’s oldest and has even featured in Downton Abbey. This was where Elaine Stritch learned of the sad demise of Noel Coward. Vouchers allow you to set an amount to fit your budget.

10. Opera glasses

Look like a real theatre luvvie with these gorgeous Opera Glasses – just £24.99 from Dresscircle.

11. Indulge yourself with a weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare – it’s a lovely place for a stroll by the river. The mid-priced Premier Inn offers prices from just £35.00
If you’re more of a city-dweller, why not enjoy a backstage tour of Shakespeare’s Globe in the heart of London? Adults £15.00 – concessions available.

Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!
Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!

12. Lego – yes really!

This might be one for the kids, but just look at what artist JanetVanD came up with – a perfect replica of Her Majesty’s Theatre! If that’s a bit ambitious, try starting with the lovely Palace Cinema!

The ultimate Lego Theatre!
The ultimate Lego Theatre….just awaiting the Chandelier!

Have a very Theatrical Christmas…and happy shopping. xxx