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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: I Want My Hat Back; Drawing the Line; Cyprus Avenue

17 April, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Peter Singh and Tom Beard in Drawing the Line. Photo: Tristram Fenton

THE Little Angel Theatre has partnered with director Ian Nicholson and designer Samuel Wilde to stream a performance of Jon Klassen’s bestselling picture book I Want My Hat Back. It’s about a bear who has lost his hat. Patiently and politely, he asks all the animals he encounters if they have seen it. The show has been storyboarded, designed, made and rehearsed remotely over 200 miles via Zoom, WhatsApp and Royal Mail. It will stream until Monday, April 27. For ages 3-6.

Hampstead Theatre is currently streaming Howard Brenton’s acclaimed play Drawing the Line (2013), to watch on demand until Sunday. Directed by the late Howard Davies, and featuring a large ensemble, Drawing the Line follows the chaotic partitioning of India in 1947.

• The Royal Court has released Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, available online until April 26. Starring Stephen Rea as a Belfast Loyalist, it mixes live performance from the stage production with location shooting. It contains strong language, discussion of sectarian themes and scenes of violence that some viewers may find disturbing. Suitable for 18+ Visit

National Theatre at Home continues to provide some brilliant online content. Audiences can stream a NT Live production for free via YouTube every Thursday at 7pm and then the show is available on demand for seven days. Next up is Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, skulduggery and mutiny, adapted by Bryony Lavery. It first streams today (Thursday) at 7pm and is on demand until April 22. Next up is Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night from April 23 featuring Tamsin Greig. Visit:

• Shakespeare’s Globe is offering free content every fortnight via their Globe Player platform. Hamlet, starring Michelle Terry in the title role, is streaming online for free until Sunday. Romeo & Juliet (2009), will be available from April 20 to May 3. And look out for a celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23 with Mark Rylance. Visit:


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