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Free shows and movies for life during lockdown

Stuck at home on lockdown? Do not fear, there are some FREE streaming offers out there bringing top quality shows to your livingroom.

National Theatre

The nice folks at the National Theatre in London are streaming a different show each week via their National Theatre at Home initiative. The service kicked off last Thursday, with James Corden’s “One Man, Two Guv’nors”. Available via YouTube.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Under the banner of “The Shows Must Go On” you can see a new Lloyd Webber show each Friday night. It’s a free stream for 48 hours via YouTube. The service kicked off with Donny Osmond and Joan Collins in “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. This Friday it’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre in London is offering some free plays via its website. This week it’s the mining drama “Wonderland”.

Metropolitan Opera

The New York venue has been offering free streams via its website. Normally you can see the Met in UK Cinemas for a fee.

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi in Moscow is streaming performances via YouTube. Find out more here.

Wind In The Willows

This new theatre version, adapted by Downton’s Julia Fellowes, is free to stream via the show’s website. The show stars Rufus Hound as Toad, “Loose Woman” Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and comedian Gary Wilmot as Badger.

The Globe Theatre

London’s Globe Theatre is offering some free – and some pay-for – content via its website. Just now there are free streams of “Hamlet”.

The Royal Court

“Cyprus Avenue” starring Stephen Rae is streaming via the Royal Court website.

South By Southwest Film Festival

Amazon says it will stream movies from the cancelled 2020 South By Southwest Film Festival for free to anyone with an Amazon account. Expect streams later in April.

Many of the sites above allow you to make a donation/contribution to thank the providers for the free productions.

In addition there are free trials for some of the big streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Disney Plus.

Happy viewing. Stay home and stay safe.

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