The hottest seats in the front row: the best theatre and dance to see online


The Royal Court has published a new audio version of Sabrina Mahfouz’s poetic, political lecture-cum-gig, which will debut in 2019 at Theatre Upstairs. A History of Water in the Middle East.

As the first of its many titles states, it discusses how “landscapes, lives, legacies.” have been created by water and imperialism.

Mahfouz, in this hour-long performance directed by Stef O’Driscoll, is a captivating host, keeping the fact-filled story flowing as he moves from personal to global perspectives.

Listen through Jan. 30. Sunset Boulevard The pictures got tiny when Norma Desmond insists.

But you won’t want to skip Leicester Curve’s concert version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, also streamed on a laptop. A 16-piece orchestra and the stars Ria Jones and Danny Mac tell the story of a flat tyre, a faded idol and a body in the tub. Via Jan. 9. Unlimited Festival The fifth festival celebrating the arts for disabled people at the Southbank Centre goes multimedia with a series of theater and dance performances.

The filmed appearance of Sophie Woolley Enhanced tells how she became a “deaf cyborg” with a cochlear implant; the immersive presentation Within Sight by Ellen Renton looks at athletics, the Paralympics and “inspirational porn.” There is an evening with autistic drag queen Oozing Gloop; in the beautifully called piece I Was Nude, Smelling of Rain, Aidan Moesby discusses the link between well-being and weather; Overflow In December, with this highly awaited new play by Travis Alabanza (Burgerz), the Bush Theatre reopened, but was forced to close just a week later when London was relegated to the third division.

January 18-23 can be seen online in a film of Debbie Hannan’s production, in which Reece Lyons overflows with emotion when locked in a bathroom.

Read the complete summary. Swimming HomeReady for goggles and headphones! Since several of us have theaters and swimming pools closed, here’s a show that blends the two.

“It’s a 35-minute experience by Silvia Mercuriali, who wants to turn your home into a “poetic space where waterfalls are the faucets and the bathroom is a primordial broth from which everything can emerge.” Following audio directions, you perform it yourself in the bathroom. Until June 15. Lazarus Speak about the curiosity of space.

In 2016, the sequel to The Man Who Fell to Earth by David Bowie and Enda Walsh arrived in London, starring Michael C Hall as Thomas Newton, an existential alien. It was stylishly staged by Ivo van Hove and his daily designer Jan Versweyveld at the pop-up King’s Cross theater, featuring new and old songs by Bowie.

To mark Bowie’s birthday and the fifth anniversary of his death, a film of this production will be on Dice Jan. 8-10. Zoo Motel We’re enjoying more theater at home than ever before – and it doesn’t have to be a passive experience. Many plays, such as this “cinematic play” written by Thaddeus Phillips and designed by Steven Dufala, invite audience participation.

It revolves around a mysterious motel room and involves card tricks, games of numbers and a little reading of the mind. From 30 Jan.

Read the full analysis. The Hung Parliament’s Case Looking for a little hidden detective work? Les Enfants Terribles and virtual reality company LIVR created this online Sherlock Holmes mystery to offer an immersive alternative to traditional board games. Your family or members of the public will play with you. As you investigate the grim deaths of the Home Secretary, the Foreign Secretary and Lord Chamberlain, the experience includes live performances and promises more than 100 clues to decipher. Jan. 27-Thursday, Feb. 17.Front Line Tales… In this collection of short plays by the Talawa Theatre Company, the experiences of black front-line workers during the Covid-19 crisis are brought to a harrowing life, using verbatim interviews with teachers, train workers, hospital and supermarket workers. The first two movies are now available. In January and March 2021, additional episodes will follow.

Read the complete summary. Sunnymead Court This development by Defibrillator in collaboration with the Actors Centre was one of the few shows you could see indoors in the UK back in September. During the Covid-19 lockdown, playwright Gemma Lawrence’s romance is set, and stars Law


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