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Experiencing theatre from your couch: musicals and shows to watch and listen to online

I am a bonafide theatre geek and damn proud of it! My last foray out into the Mother City’s theatrical palaces of pleasure was Marc Lottering ‘s Auntie Merle: it’s a girl in January at the Baxter Theatre.

I miss the sense of wonder and antici….pation as the lights dim, the curtains lift and a company of performers transport me to a land of make-believe.

When the national lock down started, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber had me glued to my couch and singing along at top volume to his YouTube screenings of The Phantom of the Opera, its sequel Love Never Dies and his 25th anniversary show.

In between the local online comedy shows, I fell in love with Broadway giant Hamilton:

With the fifth month of lock down and another weekend of entertainment at home lying ahead of me, here are the virtual theatrical experiences I’ll be enjoying:

National Arts Festival 2020:

Each winter, Makhanda  (Grahamstown) is usually abuzz with National Arts Festival attendees and performers. This year, the event was held online from 25 June to 5 July 2020.

Image credit: The Cape Robyn

They have now extended the availability of most of the shows on their platform so you can watch them at your leisure. Get your tickets here.

I was lucky enough to win two tickets via The Cape Robyn and will be watching real life couple and songbirds Lucy and Alex Tops in their show The Ballard of Lucy and Alexander, as well as Jeremeo Le Cordeur ‘s Ouma Lilly en Haar Klong.

Baxter Radio:

My home away from home in life before corona, the Baxter Theatre has pivoted ( Gods, I hate that word!) into radio, bringing back the old tradition of listening to your favourite performers read thrilling stories on the airwaves.

You can listen to Baxter Radio here.

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