If you are missing out on trips to the theatre just now, then do not despair. Some of the best shows of the last twenty years will be available to view online for free over the coming weeks.

NT Live

The National Theatre were among the first to announce that they’d be screening a selection of shows from their NT Live collection via their NT Live YouTube Channel. The productions will be shown at 7pm every Thursday and will then be available on demand for seven days.

The new two-month National Theatre at Home programme will begin on Thursday 2nd April with the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden.

That will be followed by Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a production that began at Bristol Old Vic; Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island which was the National’s Christmas show in 2014, and the 2017 Twelfth Night, which starred Tamsin Greig as Malvolio. More titles are still to be announced.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals

Musical theatre legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be streaming a selection of his musicals for free online in a new series aptly entitled “The Shows Must Go On”.

The shows, which include some of the best-known titles in musical theatre, will be available for 48 hours each weekend beginning on Friday 3rd April at 7pm with a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat originally staged in 2000 starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.

The following week, on Friday 10th April, the 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, with Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles, will be streamed. Further shows are to be announced.

The shows can be viewed for free on the new The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel.

While free, the channel is encouraging viewers to donate to a variety of charities – Acting for Others, Broadway Cares and Actors Benevolent Fund.