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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Looking a Lot Like Christmas; The Bed; Dick Whittington; You & Me

31 December, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Imelda Staunton in Looking a Lot Like Christmas. Photo: Marc Brenner

DESPITE the depressing Covid restrictions on live theatre, there are some wonderful online treats to see in the New Year and beyond.

The Donmar Warehouse’s celebratory Looking a Lot Like Christmas, filmed in St Paul’s in the heart of Covent Garden, affectionately known as The Actors’ Church, is glorious to watch. An hour of musical numbers, sketches and seasonal poetry, starring Jim Carter, Minnie Driver, Inua Ellams, Imelda Staunton, Giles Terera and others, the concert is available to stream online until January 5. It’s free but donations to the Donmar are welcome. Visit: youtube.com/user/DonmarWarehouse

Little Angel Theatre is thrilled to be taking part in YouTube UK’s 12 Days of Culture programme, and will be broadcasting two of their most successful theatre productions for free. The Bed is designed especially for babies and toddlers. Based on a poem by Sylvia Plath, it introduces young audience members to the magic of theatre and takes them on an adventure under water, to the jungle and even into space to find the best bed of all. Me…, based on the popular picture book by Emma Dodd, is aimed at 2- to 5-year-olds and follows a little penguin as he faces the big wide world on his own for the first time. Until January 5. Visit: youtube.com/TheLittleATheatre

• The National Theatre’s panto, Dick Whittington, is now available on its streaming platform. This updated version of the Lyric Hammersmith’s 2018 spin on Dick Whittington, written by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd and directed by Ned Bennett, promises to be packed full of the cheekiest of jokes, the chattiest of animals, the awesomest of songs and lots of silliness. Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings​, Georgina Onuorah and Cleve September star in a production staged and filmed in the round at the Olivier, until January 11 Recommended for age 6+ Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/dick-whittington

Listen out for Dan Rebellato’s latest radio drama, You & Me. An intense, emotionally charged two-hander tackling the predatory behaviour of men. Male infidelity may pose few surprises but, here, actor Robert Lonsdale plays the woman and Racheal Ofori the man. This role reversal challenges our preconceptions, offers a provocative take on a difficult subject and asks – can men and women understand ever each other? Radio 4, 2pm, Mon Jan 4.

• This is your final chance to see the Almeida Theatre’s recording of their Christmas show, Nine Lessons and Carols, available online until January 2. Visit: almeida.co.uk

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