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Coronavirus: Hampstead Theatre to stream shows online for free

Artistic director says theatre is thinking about ways to 'bring people together' during coronavirus crisis

20 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Play is about a woman who is cut off from outside world due to health problems

HAMPSTEAD Theatre – which has shut down because of coronavirus – has announced it will show performances online.

The playhouse, in Swiss Cottage, will stream I and You through the Instagram website for free in an attempt to find “alternative ways” of engaging audiences during the crisis.

Starring Maisie William from Game of Thrones, the play is about a woman who is housebound because of health problems and has to rely on social media and the internet for information about the outside world.

Filmed when it was performed at the theatre in 2018 and later edited for Instagram’s mobile video platform, IGTV, it will now be shown at 10pm each night from March 23 to 29.

 

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said: “Like everyone in the theatre community right now, and indeed across the globe, we at Hampstead Theatre are watching these unprecedented events unfold and wondering what we can do to help.

“We are an industry that seeks to bring people together and tell stories that resonate. I hope this particularly tender and funny story offers some much-needed entertainment and connection right now – thank you to Lauren Gunderson, Edward Hall, Maisie Williams, Zach Wyatt and the entire company in allowing us to share your beautiful work.”

Follow @hampstead_theatre or @lalatellsastory on Instagram to find web links to watch the show or it will also be available to view “on demand” on the IGTV channel.

The theatre is looking at “alternative ways of continuing to engage with its industry and audiences”.

It closed its building on March 16 following government advice.

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