Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, arts and cultural organisations around the UK are currently closed. In response, many UK artists and institutions such as theatres, museums, galleries, festivals and venues are releasing their work digitally so they can be accessed online, and expanding their digital engagement with audiences via social media and other online tools. Below is a list of such programmes that are available to enjoy and/or participate in, for free. For more updates please also follow our Twitter and Facebook. (Last update: 8 June 2020)

Theatre and dance

  • English National Ballet: ENB at HOME
    A digital programme including advanced/professional ballet classes, family dance workshops and a release of an stage production every Wednesday available on demand for 48 hours (Wednesday Watch Party).
  • Graeae Theatre Company: Crips Without Constraints
    A digital programme to celebrate the talent, creativity and resilience of Deaf and disabled artists. The programme is in three strands: A Play, A Podcast and A Picture.
  • Graeae Theatre Company: Reasons To Be Cheerful
    The company's critically acclaimed box office hit musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, available from 3 June through to 3 August 2020.
  • National Theatre: National Theatre at Home
    A streaming of the National Theatre's stages, released every Thursday on YouTube and available on demand for a week.
  • Royal Opera House: #OurHouseToYourHouse
    A schedule of free broadcasts and live content of opera and ballet that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime.
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
    A streaming of RSC productions via a 30-day trial with Marquee TV, an on-demand streaming service for arts and culture.
  • Sadler's Wells Theatre: Digital Stage
    A digital programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep people entertained and connected through dance.
  • Scottish Ballet: Stay Home with Stravinsky
    Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring and Sir Kenneth MacMillan's The Fairy's Kiss streamed until 30 June 2020 for audiences around the world to enjoy for free.
  • Shakespeare's Globe
    A streaming of six performances shown for free via YouTube, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks.
  • Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things
    Full-length performance of Stopgap Dance Company's Artificial Things, directed by Sophie Fiennes, available on YouTube.
  • Streetwise Opera: The Passion
    A recording of an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion, with Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen, directed by Penny Woolcock and a final chorus with music by Sir James MacMillan and lyrics by participants in Streetwise Opera's workshops in Manchester. 
  • Tricky Hat: HOME, STAYING IN
    A short film created by Scottish theatre company Tricky Hat in collaboration with The Flames, a performance company for people age 50+, in Scotland and Japan. 

Music

  • BBC Proms
    A unique First Night commission by Iain Farrington for a Grand Virtual Orchestra to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, will open the 2020 Proms (17 July - 12 September 2020).
  • British Council: Selector Radio
    Selecting the best UK music every week and sharing it with the world. Jazz, grime, indie or electronica – or somewhere in between – each week we put together a truly eclectic playlist and catch up with the artists and labels who are leading the way in UK music. 
  • London Symphony Orchestra: Always Playing
    Join the LSO online for a programme of full-length concerts twice a week, artist interviews, playlists for home, activities to keep young music fans busy and more.

Museums and galleries

Learning

The Design Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, KewNational Galleries of ScotlandNational Theatre, Natural History Museum, Science MuseumTate and many other arts and cultural institutions offer online programmes designed for children to enjoy at home, and resources for teachers and educational institutions.