Age of Rage, A Scary Little Tempest and more

Age of anger

“I never think about the audience until the last few days before we perform,” director Ivo van Hove said earlier this year. “You can’t be creative because you’re self-censoring… I never would have made Age of Rage if I’d thought about the audience.” The result was a gripping epic, spanning four hours, welding together the stories of Euripides and Aeschylus, and performed with dizzying power by his ITA ensemble. An unmissable opportunity to see him live on December 11th.

A scary little storm

This first live streamed production from Cornwall’s Minack Theater means you can now enjoy his Christmas show as a family without bringing scarves and woolen clothes. A co-production of Scary Little Girls and Creation Theatre, it combines Cornish mythology with The Tempest. Watch live on December 20th.

Dick Whittington

The Nottingham Playhouse puts on one of the noisiest pantos in the country. This year it is aimed at Mr Richard Whittington Esq, his feline faithful and the vile King Rat. Panto dame John Elkington leads the entertainment. On demand from December 12, with a special Christmas Eve edition also available.

Gray man

You can still find high-quality new theaters online for free — grab this 30-minute “theater and film experiment” written by Lulu Raczka and published by Liminal Stage Productions. Kate O’Flynn and Kristin Hutchinson star in an elliptical thriller about a missing sister and a bogeyman. Available on YouTube until December 17th.

In the night

Shot in a single take, Frazer’s play Flintham is a retelling of the 1981 Penlee disaster, when an entire Cornish crew perished trying to save a roller coaster that was on its maiden voyage. One of over a dozen productions available on demand from the Original Theater Company.

The Bold

The Unicorn in London has a full festive season, with Pinocchio on the main stage and Christmas in the sun in the smaller theatre. Online, there’s another chance to watch his 2021 musical production for over-6s, based on Julian Clary’s story about a family of suburban hyenas. Available for free until December 31st.

Sebastian Orozco and Jimena Larraguivel in A Fight Against… at the Royal Court in 2021. Photography: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

A fight against…

The Royal Court’s much admired 2021 production of Pablo Manzi’s political play is now streaming until 14 December. The drama moves between Chile, Peru and the United States from 1998 to 2019 and explores “whether violence brings us together and what it takes to create a community”. Sam Pritchard directs.

Sherlock Holmes: Valley of Fear

Blackeyed Theater’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s latest novel about the Baker Street detective is on tour until the spring, but a stylishly filmed version is already available online until 22 January. The story progresses from a murder in a manor house outside Tunbridge Wells to a secret society in Pennsylvania.

Arthur Pita's version of The Little Match Girl, staged in 2014.

Arthur Pita’s version of The Little Match Girl, staged in 2014. Photography: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 story, about the dark night of a destitute child’s soul on Christmas Eve, gets an imaginative makeover by Arthur Pita that includes a moon duet in 1969. A familiar fable to turn up the heat, it is available for rent from Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage until 15th January.

The one who opens the door

The ever-enterprising Finborough continues his commitment to Ukrainian theater with a half-hour digital production written by Neda Nezhdana, whose play Pussycat in Memory of Darkness was staged at the London theater this summer. A black comedy set in present-day Ukraine, is available on YouTube.

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