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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Hamlet; Midnight Your Time; Moon Water

15 May, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Sadler’s Wells production of Moon Water

THE Almeida has curated a series of monologues, including Andrew Scott’s Hamlet and Ralph Fiennes’ Richard III, to stream online. The theatre’s epic readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and Figures of Speech with Ian McKellen and Fiona Shaw are also free to watch. If you would like to support the Almeida during the lockdown you can become a member or make a donation. Visit:

The Donmar Warehouse’s Michael Longhurst will direct an online production of Midnight Your Time by Adam Brace and starring Diana Quick. Every Thursday, Islington-based Judy tries to talk to her daughter online in Palestine. Described as a wryly comic and ultimately heartbreaking exploration of what it means to communicate remotely, the show will be available until May 20. Visit:

• Sadler’s Wells is releasing Moon Water on its YouTube page from Friday at 7.30pm for seven days. Since 1999, Taiwan’s world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre have stunned audiences with their unique choreography, transforming ancient aesthetics into a modern celebration of motion. Founding director Lin Hwai-min’s production is set to Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. Inspired by the Buddhist proverb “Flowers in a mirror and moon on the water are both illusive”, multiple mirrors and gently moving water gradually fill the stage and reflect the dancers’ movements in a beautifully meditative performance. Visit:

A free screening of Lyric Hammersmith’s acclaimed A Doll’s House, adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by artistic director Rachel O’Riordan, will be available for one day only via the Lyric’s YouTube channel from 2.30pm until midnight on Wednesday. Visit:

• The Gate has released two shows to watch online until June 30. Suzy Storck by Magali Mougel was the debut UK production of Jean-Pierre Baro, one of France’s most exciting theatre directors. The Unknown Island, from a short story by Jose Saramago, was adapted for the stage by Ellen McDougall and Clare Slater. The Gate is asking for donations, large or small, to help them survive and plan for the future. Visit and click on From Our Archive.


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