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The 50 best stage shows to stream right now: international

Top row: The Seagull, Belarus Free Theatre. Photos: Ken Reynolds. Bottom row: 55 Shades of Gay, Smile Upon Us, Lord. Photos: Jetmir Idrizi/Miasikov Valery
Top row: The Seagull, Belarus Free Theatre. Photos: Ken Reynolds. Bottom row: 55 Shades of Gay, Smile Upon Us, Lord. Photos: Jetmir Idrizi/Miasikov Valery

Lockdown has led to a boom in audiences for digital work. Natasha Tripney has chosen the best international productions streaming now


 

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The Seagull. Photo: Ken Reynolds
The Seagull. Photo: Ken Reynolds

The Seagull

RussiaStage

Russian director Yury Butusov’s production of The Good Person of Szechwan was seen in the UK at the Barbican Centre last year. His four-hour production of Chekhov’s play for the Satirikon Theatre is available to watch online.
Available at: stagerussia.com/the-seagull

School of Wives. Photo: Simon Gosselin
School of Wives. Photo: Simon Gosselin

School of Wives

Vimeo

Stéphane Braunschweig’s 2018 production of Moliere’s comedy for France’s Théâtre de l’Odéon stars Claude Duparfait as Arnolphe.
Available at: vimeo.com/298144494

55 Shades of Gay. Photo: Jetmir Idrizi
55 Shades of Gay. Photo: Jetmir Idrizi

55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution

YouTube

This absurdist satire by the Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj, written in vivid, heightened style, explores what happens when a gay couple apply to get married in a small Balkan town. It was presented in the UK as a reading as part of the Global Queer Plays season at the Arcola Theatre in London in 2018.
Available below:


Smile Upon Us, Lord

Smile Upon Us, Lord

Kanopy/RussiaStage

Russia’s prestigious Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre’s adaptation of two books by the Jewish, Lithuanian writer Grigory Kanovich is a surreal, poetic and mesmeric piece, steeped in melancholy for a world that would soon be erased. Photo: Miasnikov Valery
Available at: kanopy.com/product/smile-upon-us-lord


Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus Free Theatre

Youtube

The underground theatre company co-founded by Natalia Kaliada and Nikolai Khalezin, who have been exiled in London since 2011, is streaming its archive on the company’s YouTube channel over the next three months.
Available at: youtube.com


The International Online Theatre Festival

The International Online Theatre Festival

thetheatretimes.com

Running until May 15, the festival features a programme of 25 productions from leading international companies including the Schaubühne and TR Warszawa, and the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. Highlights include Katie Mitchell’s Orlando and Returning to Reims with Nina Hoss, pictured above.
Available at: thetheatretimes.com

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