As arts and cultural organisations explore new ways of engagement with audiences in response to the impact of COVID-19, many UK artists and institutions such as theatres, museums, galleries, festivals and venues are releasing their work digitally, so they can be accessed online, while also expanding digital engagement via social media and other online tools. Below is a list of such programmes that are available to enjoy and/or participate in, both for free and paid. For more updates please also follow our Twitter and Facebook. (Last update: 9 September 2020)

Theatre and dance

  • Dante or Die: USER NOT FOUND
    What happens to your digital life after you die? If there was a magic button, would you delete your online existence? An immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die. Available on YouTube between 10 September and 10 October 2020.
  • English National Ballet: ENB at HOME
    A new digital season and on-demand platforms, plus the live stream of Emerging Dancer 2020 have been announced for the ENB's Autumn 2020 season.
  • Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
    Six performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one metre stage of a table top. 36 works will be presented for free over nine weeks between 17 September and 15 November 2020.
  • 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.
  • Old Vic: In Camera
    A new artistic initiative of socially distanced performances all streamed live from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop.
  • Royal Albert Hall: #RoyalAlbertHome
    Royal Albert Home brings exclusive sessions from artists’ homes to yours whilst the Hall is shut.   
  • Royal Opera House: Live in Concert
    A streaming of opera and ballet programmes, live from the Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden. Available to watch or share for £16, for a total of 30 days after the live event. 
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: AT HOME WITH SHAKESPEARE
    A programme of the RSC's shows, features and other work you can enjoy even while the theatres are closed.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Wise Children: Romantics Anonymous 
    A fully staged live stream of Emma Rice's new musical coming direct from Bristol Old Vic to audiences at home between 22 and 28 September 2020. Tickets can be purchased from the company website.

Music

  • BBC Proms
    In the year that the Proms turns 125 years old, the 2020 season (17 July - 12 September 2020) brings the spirit of the Proms to music-lovers at home with treasures from the archive and incredible live performances. 
  • 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
    A digital programme of live lunchtime recitals, interviews, articles, playlists, and activities for young people and families.

Museums and galleries

Learning

The Design Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, KewNational Galleries of ScotlandNational Theatre, Natural History Museum, Royal Shakespeare CompanyScience 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.