Gulbenkian Recommends

5 Jun 2020

We put together a list of what’s happening online so you don’t miss out on some exciting opportunities from our partners and friends.  During this period of isolation, we will keep this list updated so keep checking back.  Sign up to our email list to receive updates and news.

Theatre & Dance

The Place OnlineFagin's Twist
Releasing shows to watch online for free during lockdown including some incredible performances which previously toured to Gulbenkian including:

Graeae Theatre
Their raucous musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Reasons To Be Cheerful streams online until 3 August.

Chichester Festival TheatreBeauty and the Beast
Releasing previous productions on their online platform. Including:
Beauty and the Beast – available until 19 June.  Suitable for ages 7+
director Dale Rooks has a few surprises in store in this brand new version adapted from the original fairy tale by Anna Ledwich.  They have also rounded up some excellent family friendly activities to do at home.

Curve Theatre Online
The theatre is sharing archive recordings of some of their past productions.

BBC’s Performance Live
Featuring performances from Gulbenkian favourites Hofesh Shechter, Kate Tempest, Jess Thom and more.

Cirque Du Soleilcirque
The iconic circus company is regularly putting 1 hour long specials on YouTube to watch for free taken from their impressive back catalogue of performances.

Stratford Festival
The acclaimed festival has made a number of it’s Shakespeare productions available to watch on YouTube.  Each production is available for 3 weeks from the initial post date.

Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti
Opera North is streaming its production of the hit Bernstein opera on YouTube.

Bristol Old Vic At Home
Productions will premiere every Friday, watchable on their website and YouTube channel, and available to watch for a week after the premiere.

  • Messiah – available until 6pm on Fri 5 Jun.

Your Old Vic
A new digital project to offer audiences content online while it’s locked down, starting with A Monster Calls which will be made available online on Fri 5 Jun, 7pm,  until The 11 Jun. Suitable for ages 10+

Company Chameleon
Having previously toured to Gulbenkian, you can now experience and enjoy powerful and original dance theatre from Company Chameleon at home on YouTube.  Releasing a series of performances from their back catalogue including Beauty of the Beast.

roh live at homeRoyal Opera House – Our House to Your House
Offering a schedule of free broadcasts and live content on ROH’s YouTube channels.


National Theatre at Homenational theatre at home
Every Thursday much-loved National Theatre Live productions will be made free to stream on YouTube for seven days as part of #NationalTheatreAtHome.

  • Schedule will also include: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and more!

Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Online
Calling all musical lovers! The Shows Must Go On! will be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free on YouTube!  It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend! Next on:

  • Peter Pan Live! – Fri 5 Jun, 7pm (BST).  This broadcast has been postponed.

Key ChangeKey Change
Open Clasp Theatre have made their excellent devised performance Key Change, which previously toured to Gulbenkian, FREE to watch online. 


Shakespeare’s Globe
Enjoy a Shakespeare-filled movie night, Shakespeare’s Globe are productions online on YouTube and on BBC iplayer as part of Culture in Quarantine: Shakespeare.
Available on BBC iplayer: The Tempest and Emma Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Currently available on Youtube:

Royal Shakespeare Company
Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday, RSC have released a number of productions on BBC iPlayer to watch for free as part of Culture in Quarantine: OthelloMuch Ado About Nothing,  HamletMacbethRomeo & Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.
The RSC are also offering live lessons exploring Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.  

Wise Children
Screened previously at Gulbenkian, Emma Rice’s brilliant adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel is available on BBC iplayer.

Gecko Theatre
A live 30 minute performance by Gecko created specially for Live From Television Centre.  Visual, visceral, ambitious theatre crafted to inspire, move and entertain, watch The Time of Your Life on YouTube.

Physical Theatre company Gecko have also released their incredible performance Institute to watch for free on YouTube.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein –  Border Tales
Regulars at Gulbenkian, Protein’s smash-hit commentary on multicultural Britain through the eyes of an international cast is being made available to watch online by The Place on Thursday 7 May at 7pm.

jasmin vardimonJasmin Vardimon Company
Following the success of PINOCCHIO and MEDUSA screenings, JVC will be streaming critically acclaimed production 7734 (2010) on Vimeo for 24hours from 12pm on Wed 3 June.
Offering free online dance and fitness classes including Pilates, Breath & Flexibility, Stretch & Strengthen Adults and Dance Improvisation. Find out more about JVC’s dance classes.


Capturing the imagination with its spellbinding and ingenious choreography and ahead of their new show which Gulbenkian has commissioned called Nobody coming in Spring 2021, watch Motionhouse’s previous productions as part of the Earth Trilogy for free on Youtube. 

Motionhouse have also launched a series of online workshops Adults BeginnersAdults Intermediates and Dance Fitness.  Find these and more in their online YouTube playlist.

Titus AndronicusT24: Titus Andronicus
14 deaths, revenge, madness, power, hilarity & a giant pie. Watch this action-packed adaptation performed in 2018 at Gulbenkian by T24, University of Kent Drama Society.

mythMYTH: The Rise & Fall of Orpheus
Watch Sam Cassidy’s musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheusa modern retelling of the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and the underworld on YouTube for FREE.

GOLKK Theatre Company
Turning turn quarantine into a quARTine, GOLKK are looking for all creative creatures around the world.  They are creating a space where you can share your work of art in ANY form in an online e-exhibtion. They are also hosting free classes on their Instagram.

stopgapStopgap’s Artificial Things
Regulars at Gulbenkian, Stopgap’s Artificial Things previously toured to us but if you missed it you can now watch the award-winning film on Youtube, directed by Sophie Fiennes. Showcasing some of the original pioneers of inclusive dance: artists who are now change-makers, choreographers and masters of their craft. On Mon 18 May at 8pm, Artificial Things will be broadcast on YouTube with live commentary with Choreographer Lucy Bennett, Performer David Toole and Arts Writer & Producer Amber Massie-Blomfield.

For a limited period the National Theatre Live recording of Fleabag is available to stream online here .

Met Opera
Encore screenings available for 24 hours from 7.30pm EDT (11.30pm BST). Read more about the Met Opera screenings here.

Apples and SnakesApples & Snakes @ Home
Brings together some of the UK’s leading spoken word poets to deliver top line-ups right to your home on YouTube.

Harry Baker Poet: Something Borrowed
A Weekly Spoken Word and Poetry Gig/Performance/General Fun Time on Instagram Live and available as a podcast.

Speakeasy Spoken Word Night
Gulbenkian’s spoken word night is going online for a second month!  Watch the Gulbenkian’s IGTV recording of of the SpeakEasy takeover on YouTube with Harry Baker & guests BBC Slam Champion Jess Green and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Tyrone Lewis.

Gulbenkian Young Companymarxist in heaven
Watch a recorded performance of the The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor.  This production was created by Gulbenkian Young Company as part of NT Connections, and was performed in March 2020 at Gulbenkian before we closed.




Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
Watch the ensemble perform Deep River, composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor from their homes, in tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all victims of racial injustice across the world.

Aurora Playaurora orchestra
Join Gulbenkian favourites for a orchestral adventure online as they release and perform live online. Each week, Aurora Play brings highlights from their performance archive, from dazzling Orchestral Theatre productions to intimate chamber performances.

Virtual Music ProjectUniversity of Kent Virtual Music Project
The University of Kent Music Department has launched a digital project to create music in lockdown.

The Virtual Orchestra perform Vivaldi’s Gloria.
A virtual performance of the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria,’ featuring University students, staff, alumni and family recording in isolation during the COVID-19 situation.Watch with visuals on YouTube or listen to the first movement on Soundcloud.

The Virtual Dance Orchestra performs Duke Ellington’s classic tune, ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,’ featuring singer Steph Richardson! Listen on SoundCloud.

Find out more about how you can get involved!
Watch facebook live stream of some Calm Music in Troubled Times: an audienceless performance of music by Olafur Arnalds.

Scott Doonican’s Big NEET In
Scott Doonican is from the band The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican who are touring to Gulbenkian this autumn, Scott is live streaming music nights weekly.

Singing With Nightingales: Live at Homesinging-with nightingales live
Having toured to Gulbenkian in 2019 and earlier this year, Sam Lee and NestFolk are going live every Wednesday on YouTube with Singing with Nightingales: Live at Home.  Featuring Sam Lee as your host, beaming nightingale song to special guests who will be dueting with the birds for you.  The recordings are available after each live broadcast.

Show of Hands: Live at the Minack
Steve and Phil present their 2018 ‘Duo Tour’ show at the iconic, clifftop, Cornish venue available to watch on Facebook.

Also the band are streaming a recording of their 2001 Albert Hall performance on Sun 7 June, 7.30pm and offering  virtual live performances including Steve Knightley Virtual House Concert on Mon 8 June.

Joe Stilgoe: Stilgoe in the Shed
Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe is performing an array of jazz and musical hits from his shed everyday at 1pm. Joe previously starred in High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, and in 2018, Guys And Dolls at the Albert Hall. He has worked with some of the finest orchestras and bands in the world including The John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BBC Big Band and The Guy Barker Big Band.

Free Range TV
Free Range is a charity that presents experimental music and combined arts events in Canterbury, UK.  Free Range are hosting various online gigs on their Facebook and and YouTube.

Available to watch online: Pianist Stephen Grew, a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily on High by the Bedford Handbell Ensemble with instrument-inventor Henry Dagg playing musical saw and many more!

Royal Albert Home
The Royal Albert Hall is hosting a series of online concerts n YouTube including Rufus WainwrightKT Tunstall and many more! Plus there will be a special V.E. Day 75 performance with Katherine Jenkins  on Fri 8 May.

Virtual Sound Project in the Park 
Since the Canterbury based festival can’t be in the Dane John Gardens this May Bank Holiday the team have decided put the festival online.  Get ready for a 2-day ONLINE FESTIVAL of music, poetry and more on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May 2020 .  Expect a variety of acts, some past headliners, and the best local talent.


Fancy Stand Up?  No Direction Home workshops
IdeasTest are working with Counterpoints Arts & comedian Tom Parry to run free online workshops. No Direction Home workshops start on 13 May.  For ages 18+, if you live in Medway or Swale, and particularly people from migrant or refugee backgrounds.

Funny rabbitFunny Rabbit: Inside the Hutch
Gulbenkian’s monthly comedy club went digital in April with a phenomenal line-up including:
Josie Long, Bec Hill, Alasdair Beckett-King, Susan Murray, Jamie D’Souza & MC Oliver Double.  Watch the facebook live Funny Rabbit Comedy Event recording.


MishMash Productions
The company have created a series of 11 interactive podcasts explore the music, stories and theatre from their shows Smile, Strange Creatures and Hubbub: A Musical Adventure, which previously toured to Gulbenkian. Each short podcast includes performances and participatory activities for children aged 3 – 7 and their families and classes. Find out more on Youtube.

Snow MouseSnow Mouse
From a company who have previously toured to Gulbenkian, follow the wintry adventures of Snow Mouse in this live recording by Bath’s Egg Theatre and Travelling Light for ages 6 months – 4 years.  Watch for free on Vimeo.

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical DreamAlice in wonderland
This recorded performance by the University Music Department was an historic stage adaption of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Sir John Tenniel, illustrator of the first publication of Alice in Wonderland.  Featuring University of Kent students the production will be made available to watch on YouTube Live and KMTV on Friday 22 May at 7pm.

Homeskool Beatbox AdventuresShlomo Homeskool beatbox adventures

After previously selling out Gulbenkian, Shlomo is launching a huge project to help kids and raise money for NHS Charities Together and we are thrilled to be partnering on it!  For 30 minutes every Thursday at 2pm, Shlomo is livestreaming an interactive show to empower kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music.


Oh No, George!
Illustration © 2012 Chris Haughton from Oh No, George! SHH Font © 2012 Chris Haughton.

Oh No George!
Sadly we had to cancel Oh No, George! due to the closure of our theatre, so we were thrilled to hear that Half Moon Theatre are going to make the performance available to watch online for free from Wed 6 May.

Oh No, George! is a delightfully playful tale about a dog who wants to be good, but just can’t resist temptation. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, this new show uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy and live music to bring George’s chaotic and joyful escapades to life. A Can’t Sit Still Theatre production. Recommended for ages 3-8 years


A Tiger’s Tale
Having previously toured to Gulbenkian, M6 Theatre are making their production of A Tiger’s Tale available to watch online from Fri 8 May. Based on the extraordinary story of Fenella, the Holmfirth Tiger, A Tiger’s Tale is a high spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry, music and song.  Recommended for ages 4+

The Twisted Tale of Hansel & GretelHansel & Gretel
Due to our closure we had to cancel this show, so we were thrilled when Open Theatre and Metro-Bolout-Dodo announced they were making it FREE to watch online.

Brigitte Aphrodite’s Massive Family Rave Party
Hosted by Gulbenkian on Facebook on Sat 11 Apr, watch the recording of the Family Rave.

animate arts cardboard capersAnimate Arts Company’s Cardboard Capers 
Tune into Animate Arts Facebook on Friday mornings for fun and creative projects to do at home.

Little AngelLittle Angel Theatre
Watch mini performances for free on Youtube including:
I Want My Hat Back

This Is Not My Hat

What Does An Anteater Eat?

We Found a Hat  – available from Sunday 24 May at 11am

Little Angel Theatre have been releasing a daily story read aloud on Youtube. There are also activities to do alongside the stories – watch the tutorials on YouTube.


Half Moon Theatre At HomeNeed a little Help
A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available free.  Including these two fantastic shows previously toured to Gulbenkian:

  •  Butterflies – Watch here
    An uplifting tale of friendship and courage as three friends embark on an adventure to chase their butterflies away. Recommended for ages 3-8.
  • Need A Little Help – Watch here
    Based on the experiences of young carers, this moving and uplifting show explores what it means to look after someone else when you are young. Recommended for ages 2-7.

Coming soon to watch online:

The Snow Dragon Storytime
Tall Stories co-director Toby has recorded a charming storytelling version of our 2019 Christmas Show, The Snow Dragon on Youtube. Suitable for all ages, especially 3-5 year olds.

BookTrust Home Time
Home Time is full of fun activities from children’s authors and illustrators for kids to do at home, including Cressida Cowell reading How To Train Your Dragon!

Stilgoe in the Shed: Children’s Special
Sadly we had to postpone performances of ZOG to later in 2020, but the musical genius behind the new songs in the show does special children’s musical episodes on YouTube every Friday which are fantastic.  Watch him sing the Baked Potato Song and many more for FREE.

Tall Stories Room on the Broom: Dog’s Song
Join in with Dog from ROOM ON THE BROOM in this special singalong lockdown version of Dog’s Song from Tall Stories’ stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s family favourite picture book. Join in with the words or just howl along!

Film & Arts

London Indian Film Festival at Home
Presenting a cutting-edge selection of the very best new independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent and its worldwide diaspora. During this time, the festival have made their films FREE for a limited time.

LionsgateLIVE UK
Fancy a night At The Movies! In May Lionsgate are running over 4 Saturdays, 4 FREE movies on YouTube. In support of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and The Film and TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Response.All broadcast at 6pm, May 2nd – La La Land, May 9th – Eddie the Eagle, May 16th – Bend it Like Beckham  and May 23rd- The Hunger Games

Flatpack Festival 2020
A film festival like no other, Flatpack stirs together screenings with live events, food, walks, installations and parties to turn Birmingham on its head for a week.  This year they’ve gone digital with Flatpack: the home entertainment edition.

BFI Japan 2020
From 11 May you can enjoy BFI Japan 2020: Over 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, a major celebration of Japanese cinema available on BFI Player!

Women Make Movies Virtual Film Festival
Launched in March to commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, but in response to the global health crisis, the festival has been expanded and extended until May 31. Sign up for free to watch films by women and join an international audience of 8000—and counting.

Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review
Perfect timing to start listening to podcast and if you love film it doesn’t get much better than Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo giving their verdict on the week’s movies.
Also worth a listen is Mark Kermode’s weekly podcast Kermode on Film.
Newly started Kemode & Mayo’s Home Entertainment Service is a brilliant round-up of the best (and worst) of online streaming.

Living Room Q&As
Love film?  Curzon Home Cinema are offering a series of free to watch live streamed Q&As.  Films include new titles and previous releases including: Cunningham, The Assistant, 45 Years, The Souvenir and many more!

Big Book WeekendBig Book Weekend
A 3-day virtual festival from 8-10th May, taking place on, that brings together the best of the British book festivals cancelled due to coronavirus, bringing together lots of authors & speakers including Michael Morpurgo, Terry Waite, Maggie O’Farrell & more! Watch for FREE by signing up.

Exhibition On Screen are facebook premiering titles for a free broadcast stream including ‘Painting The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’, live on Facebook on Monday 27 April, available to watch for a 7 day window.  Visit their Facebook page to find out more.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival 
Running from May 29 to June 7, this sure to be historic online film festival will feature programming of new and classic films from 20 festivals. Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announced the event in support of the World Health Organization and regional relief partners on Monday (April 27). The line-up will include features, documentaries, shorts, music, comedy and conversation. Find out more

Support local businessesGarage Coffee

We’ve closed our doors temporarily but we wanted to flag up our local suppliers who are offering home delivery so you can get that Gulbenkian daily tea or coffee at home.  Whether you are working from home, organising virtual coffee meet-ups or snuggling up with a cuppa and a good show online (see our recommendations above), make time for a cuppa.

Garage Coffee

Debonair Tea

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