The need for social distancing has had a devastating impact on the arts. While major films have been able to simply delay their release a few months, theatrical performances have had to cancel shows and tours entirely.
Happily, fans of the stage have been able to enjoy a virtual night out thanks to free YouTube streams from a range of companies across the globe – many of them raising funds for theatres, companies or other worthy causes.
In Melbourne, the MSO has been streaming some of its most popular concerts, beginning with a Kate Miller-Heidke show from 2017. English teachers – and fans of Elizabethan playwrights – have been been able to access some of the Bard’s greatest works direct from Shakespeare’s Globe, while Broadway fans have been able to enjoy a free season of both classic and recent hits.
Most appealing are the National Theatre Live streams of their acclaimed runs including Frankenstein, Treasure Island and A Streetcar Named Desire – many of which would be a boon to any (virtual) classroom.