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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Globe Player; Wind in the Willows; Così Fan Tutte

09 April, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

The Globe’s Romeo and Juliet

ISLINGTON-BASED youth theatre Company Three has launched the Coronavirus Time Capsule, a week-by-week video record of the pandemic through the eyes of teenagers, free for youth groups worldwide. Participating groups will receive free weekly resources from the company to support them in making their own time capsules. Teenage members of Company Three, aged 11- 19, will make their own films responding to life in lockdown. Every Friday they will release the work they’ve made in a cumulative video time capsule. The project is available for free to youth theatres, educational institutions, student drama groups, amateur companies and community arts projects. For info visit companythree.co.uk

Shakespeare’s Globe will release 40 productions on its Globe Player service for free, it has been announced. Each show will be presented for two weeks on a rolling cycle from April 6. The shows include Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), The Winter’s Tale (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019). Globe Player productions are captioned. The theatre will release all 34 of the “Globe to Globe” performances for free on the Globe Player, while other artists including Sandi Toksvig, Kathryn Hunter and Jenifer Toksvig, will contribute to new resources to help those teaching children from home. For info www.shakespearesglobe.com/watch/#maincontent

• For lovers of West End theatre, an Easter treat for all the family is the musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, Wind in the Willows, now being streamed online. Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe combined to produce this colourful version, which was captured during its performance at the London Palladium. Visit willowsmusical.com

The Royal Opera House’s 2010 Così Fan Tutte will be streamed on April 10 at 7pm as part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series. The ROH has created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free, bringing ballet and opera into every home. Visit: roh.org.uk

• Sadler’s Wells has created new dance content on its Digital Stage in response to the cancellation of its live shows. Further details on sadlerswells.com

The Almeida’s production of Mike Bartlett’s Albion will be broadcast on BBC Four as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine programme, a “virtual festival of the arts” taking place across online, TV and radio. Albion was filmed during its recent run in February so, if you missed it, now’s your chance to catch it. Broadcast date TBC. Watch this space or visit almeida.co.uk

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