Summer Exhibition 2021

In Conversation with celebrities – Fane Online

Fane continues to offer some top-notch names “in conversation” online, rolling on until the autumn. Book ahead for Dame Maggie Smith and Kathleen Turner or Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi in April, or way ahead for a Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci, live-streaming from the London Palladium in October. From 24-31 March, Fane is also offering Black Matters, a musical event with Giles T

Films, yoga and drama clubs – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Riverside is offering three independent films which have received rave reviews – the award-winning animation Away plus Falling, and 

Orange Tree Theatre performances, Richmond

The Orange Tree is launching its first live streamed performances – a series of world premiere short plays by six emerging and established writers. The plays tell stories of “estrangement and loneliness, connection and redemption, despair in confinement to hope found in life outdoors”. The first tranche of three plays run from 25-27 March, the second from 15-17 April. They can be wa

What the Butler Saw – Theatre Royal Bath

The Theatre Royal Bath is offering the farce “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton as an interim show during lockdown, starring Rufus Hound. A co-production with the Leicester Curve Theatre, it’s a filmed version of a stage production. theatreroyal.org.uk/online-theatre/

Opera in a Kensington Clock Shop

Grange Park Opera has no less than 19 free events online in what it calls its “Interim Season”. Its latest offering, available from 20 March, is Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole.  It was filmed in and around an antique clock shop on Kensington Church St. Watch this trailer for a behind

Barnes’ People – Original Theatre Company

Barnes’ People is about four theatrical monologues starring Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. Then there's A True Born Englishman, starring Adrian Scarborough. Billed as a “world premiere”, it tells the story of a footman at Buckingham Palace who decides, after 30 years, to spill his secret. Duration: around 20 minutes per monologue. Tickets

A Splinter of Ice – Original Theatre Company

A Splinter of ice is a political drama, set in Moscow in the final years of the Cold War. British novelist Graham Greene meets his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, Britain’s greatest spy – and traitor. Starring Oliver Ford Davies, it’s penned by Ben Brown, whose award winning West End play Three Days in May inspired the Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour. Filmed onstage at the

In the Company of Actors – Stream.theatre

A documentary on the making of theatrical show called 'In the Company of Actors' follows Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in New York as they prepare to open in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Hedda Gabler. Price: £3.99

Letters Live series – YouTube

If you haven’t come across the Letters Live series yet, they are archive recordings from iconic venues like the Union Chapel and Freemasons’ Hall have star names reading brilliant letters; some touching, others absolutely hilarious. Most recently uploaded is a special compilation for International Women’s Day starring Olivia Coleman, Gillian Anderson, Daisy Rid

Musical events at The Irish Cultural Centre – Hammersmith

West London's local Irish Centre in Hammersmith Broadway has a series of online musical events. And there’s a special traditional session, filmed in the Irish Cultural Centre, which will be available to view from 16 March. See below.  This is a free event. ir

A Splinter of Ice

The other new production I have my eye on is Original Theatre’s A Splinter of Ice.  It’s a political drama, set as the thaw to the Cold War sets in in the late 1980s.  On paper, its pedigree looks excellent. Starring Oliver Ford Davies, it’s penned by Ben Brown, whose award winning West End play Three Days in May inspired the Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour. Unl

Barnes’ People

Original Theatre presents a series of four theatrical monologues starring Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. They’re written by Peter Barnes, known for his series of monologues on the BBC back in the 80s. I particularly like the sound of A True Born Englishman, starring Adrian Scarborough. Billed as a “world premiere”, it originally appears to be b

A Night in With: Tim peak, Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley

A Night in With

Fane continues its “A Night in With” series with celebrities including astronaut Tim Peake, broadcaster Nicky Campbell and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley. There’s also a selection of well-known authors, including Marian Keyes and Kate Mosse. fane.

Join an online choir

Join a local community choir

Watermans in Brentford is offering you the chance to improve your singing with Hounslow Community Choir. Sessions are weekly. Term officially started on 14 January, but Waterman’s says it’s not too late to join. Open to over 18s.  £42 for 10 sessions (term started last week). Email kasia@wat

Natural History Museum 

Experience the natural world through online events at the Natural History Museum. There is a huge dinosaur section, which includes lots of fun activities. There are 14 virtual tours you can take, including one of the famous Hintze Hall with Sir David Attenborough which features the skeleton

Nature and wildlife from Woodland Trust

If your youngster fancies themselves as a junior Chris Packham, there are lots of activities available on the Woodland Trust’s website; garden scavenger hunts, how to make your own bird feeder, and a free downloadable tree-identifying app to take out on your walks. Plus quizzes and indoor craft ideas. Details here:

Tate kids – Online art at home

Tate Kids offers activities ranging from learning about contemporary London artists to guided activities like using your body to make art, soap carving, or making a unicorn puppet from recycled materials. You can make a collage, learn how to paint like Turner, or draw creatures inspired by sounds. There’s even a personality quiz you can take to decide which famous artist should redecorate your r

Online lessons for budding actors

ArtEd

ArtsEd is offering weekend acting and musical theatre courses - the Saturday Skills Academy - for kids from aged 7 -16 +. artsed.co.uk/course-types/holiday-and-weekend/

Unicorn Theatre Company shows

The Unicorn Theatre Company has several productions for younger children, the first being Anansi the Spider. It’s an adaptation of classic West African and Caribbean tales about a trickster spider, filmed by the cast in their own homes. The three episodes come with free family activity packs for home learning.  Available on Unicorn’s YouTube Channel until 31 March.

The Royal Albert Hall – VE day Concert

The Royal Albert has had to cancel its schedule until March. But its YouTube channel has a series of fundraising online concerts put together since the first lockdown to raise money for the iconic institution. They range from Katherine Jenkins singing to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day in the (empty) Hall to the Kaiser Chiefs, Sir Cliff Richard, K.T Tunstall and Richard Thompson doing home gig

St Michael’s Players: a Christmas Carol

St Michael's Players: a Christmas Carol

Having read some plays during the year over Zoom, St Michael's Players realised that they could stream a zoom meeting as a “live” performance and there was fun to be had with the format. The “live” performance had the potential to create some real jeopardy: would actors forget to un-mute? would the internet hold up? Would small children

Free lectures and courses

Stream.theatre shows

Kids at Christmas

Original Theatre Company plays