Original Theatre Company plays

Images above: Miriam Margoyles, Amit Shah

This company has produced a slew of acclaimed online plays (it had a major hit with its online production of Birdsong earlier this year). It boasts that it’s been selected as “critics pick” for streaming productions by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as virtually every national newspaper in the UK.  Its offerings for November and December include Apollo 13: the Dark Side of the Moon, The Croft and The Haunting of Alice Bowles as well as two mini-plays. Most of them have trailers, so you can have a taster of the production before you buy. You can then watch them as many times as you like within a set period of time.


Apollo 13

Available until 31 December. The buzz around this production, which marks the 50th anniversary of the almost-fatal NASA moon mission of the same name, has been considerable. Like “What a Carve-Up”, it mixes actors with newsreel footage and special effects. It’s garnered rave reviews from the nationals; The Daily Mail described it as “one giant leap for theatre…a stunning feat”.  Certainly the special effects are amazing. And it’s worth watching the You Tube videos to see how it was stitched together, with actors working with green screens and iPhones from their own homes.

Tickets £17.50. Running time 70 minutes

Trailer: youtube.com

And the actors show you how it was made  youtube.com


The Croft

A psychological new thriller with supernatural overtones, set in a remote Scottish dwelling. Starring Gwen Taylor (Barbara, A Bit of a Do, Coronation St), it’s based on a true story and is directed by Philip Franks (The Darling Buds of May.) This stage production was filmed for online just before lockdown.

Running time 105 minutes. Suitable for ages 13+

Tickets £10 until 31 December. Available online until 30 June 2021

You can watch a trailer here:


The Haunting of Alice Bowles

Available from 17 December- 28 February. Two You-Tubers uncover a mysterious grave in an abandoned churchyard. Based on a short story by MR James, it’s billed as a “chilling ghost story,” and stars Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders, New Tricks, Red Cap).

Running time 45 minutes, suitable for ages 15+. Available to stream from home from 17 December – 28 February.  Early bird tickets (bought before 30 November) £12.50. No trailer yet available.

Short plays

From 12-26 November Original Theatre is also offering two pre-recorded mini-plays about the Covid lockdown and its effects on the elderly and their families.

Watching Rosie is 15 minutes long and stars the wonderful Miriam Margolyes.

See trailer: originaltheatreonline.com/productions/3/watching-rosie

Mrs Goldie vs The World, starring Nicky Goldie.  It is 17 minutes long and is suitable for ages 14+. Both are free to view, although donations to specific charities are encouraged.

See trailer: originaltheatreonline.com/productions/9/mrs-goldie-vs-the-world.com

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