Get your dose of global culture this Easter through a compilation of must-see videos and live streams.
Going to the theater these days may be an unthinkable luxury given the social distancing measures put in place across the world right now, but music companies and cultural venues from London to New York to Sydney are putting their performances online for free.
Fans of Shakespeare, take note—London’s Globe Theatre is streaming plays from the bard’s canon for two week–runs between now and June. The first, a 2018 production of Hamlet, is being shown until April 19, after which favorites such as Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take the spotlight. Also on the cards is the Globe to Globe series from 2012, which takes in a diverse range of international productions that are often subtitled in English. Among the offerings are a Turkish edition of Anthony & Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed in Korean, plus a Gujarati version of All’s Well That Ends Well.
And if you’re more into Broadway and West End musicals, Universal Music will be streaming one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s full-length works every Friday at 7 p.m. BST (2 a.m. Singapore time) on a new Youtube channel aptly named The Shows Must Go On; these will be left up for 48 hours so viewers can tune in throughout the weekend. The initiative kicked off last week with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and naturally, with the second installment falling on Good Friday, there’s no better choice than Jesus Christ Superstar.
Opera aficionados will want to watch the nightly streams from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which is sharing its Live in HD encore performances from the past 14 years on its homepage at 7:30 p.m. (7 a.m. Singapore time). Each operatic show will be available for viewing for the next 20 hours, and the coming days will see the release of classics like Verdi’s Falstaff (April 8) and Cosi fan tutte by Mozart (April 12).
Meanwhile, the Sydney Opera House has been releasing its own full-length shows, live recordings, talks, and behind-the-scenes footage five days a week (from Wednesday to Sunday), with weekly schedules announced every Tuesday. The current lineup includes the 2018 studio performance marking the Australian debut of American experimental pop singer Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear); a 2016 talk given by philosopher and best-selling author Alain De Botton on the subject of love; and a production of Handel’s Messiah, featuring more than 500 members from the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, will be streamed at 10 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (8 a.m. in Singapore) on Easter Sunday. All told, there’s plenty of joyful and inspiring content to fill a long weekend.