The Play’s the Thing From Shakespeare to Broadway

The following is a list of current and upcoming free live streams of stage productions.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15–28
Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2013 Production

Dominic Dromgoole directs this 2013 production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, filmed at the Globe Theatre in London. The cast includes John Light as Oberon/Theseus, Matthew Tennyson as Puck/Philostrate, and Michelle Terry as Titania/Hippolyta.

Small Island
June 18–25
National Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Rufus Norris directs Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, filmed in 2019 at the National Theatre in London. A company of 40 actors perform the play that follows three connected stories, tracing the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK.

Act One
From June 19
Lincoln Center at Home

Writer and director James Lapine adapts Moss Hart’s memoir for the stage in this 2014 Lincoln Center Theater production. The cast includes Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana, and Andrea Martin.

June 19 – July 17

A Great Performances broadcast of Holland Taylor’s play about Texas governor Ann Richards.

Wise Children
June 19–26
Bristol Old Vic at Home

Emma Rice’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel about twin chorus girls celebrating their 75th birthday on the same day their father, the greatest actor of his generation, turns 100. This production premiered at London’s Old Vic in 2018, and was filmed at the York Theatre Royal in March 2019.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 25 – July 2
National Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Nicholas Hytner directs this 2019 production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, filmed at the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst, and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom.

Gloria: A Life
June 26 – July 24

A Great Performances broadcast of Emily Mann’s play about writer, organizer, and activist Gloria Steinem. Christine Lahti stars in the title role.

Les Blancs
July 2–9
National Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Yaël Farber directs this 2016 production of Lorraine Hansberry’s final play, filmed at the National Theatre in London. Danny Sapani plays Tshembe, a man who has returned home from England for his father’s funeral, to an African country teetering on the edge of civil war.

Mood Music
July 8–14
The Old Vic’s YouTube Channel

Joe Penhall’s play about a young songwriter and producer who go to battle over who owns a hit song. Roger Michell directed the production, which played at London’s Old Vic in 2018. The cast includes Ben Chaplin, Pip Carter, Kurt Egyiawan, Seána Kerslake, Jemma Redgrave, and Neil Stuke.

The Deep Blue Sea
July 9–16
National Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Helen McCrory stars in this 2016 National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan’s play, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

July 16–23
National Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Lucian Msamati plays Salieri opposite Adam Gillen as Mozart in this 2018 National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s play, directed by Michael Longhurst.

Available until UK schools reopen
Shakespeare’s Globe’s YouTube Channel

Ekow Quartey plays the title role in this 90-minute staging of the Shakespeare drama, created especially for school audiences. Cressida Brown staged this 2020 production at the Globe Theatre in London.

The following list of free live streams of classic stage productions are available on demand.
A Raisin in the Sun*Into the Woods
The Phantom of the Opera
*A Soldier’s Story*Les Miserables
*Sweeney Todd
The Piano Lesson
Arsenic and Old LaceLittle Shop of Horrors
The Pirates of Penzance
*CabaretLittle Women
The Diary of Anne Frank
*True West Part One
Death of a SalesmanNoises Off
The Dumb Waiter
*True West Part Two
Doctor FaustusOur Town
*The Foreigner
Waiting for Godot
EvitaReasons to be Pretty
*The Glass Menagerie
*Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Part One
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
*Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Part Two
The Odd Couple
You Can’t Take it With You