All the World’s a Stage: Theater and Dance

The lights may be off on Broadway and our own Theatre District, but don't let that stop you from taking in some classic theater and dance productions from the comfort of your own home.

Free for Everyone

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Ailey All Access, opens a new window

For a limited time, “Ailey for All” will offer videos of performances starting Monday with its most well-known work, “Revelations.” Full length performances will then stream Thursdays, and clips made by dancers at home will be included in a series called #TheShowMustGoOn.

And for those who want to learn moves while in isolation, the company will have classes on social media in styles from beginner ballet to samba.

National Theatre At Home, opens a new window 

Every Thursday, the National Theater from the UK makes available one of its past productions freely available for a week on YouTube. 

The Show Must Go On, opens a new window 

This YouTube channel is showing a free Andrew Lloyd Webber musical each week starting on Fridays.

Arts Emerson: Together Apart

Streamed archival programming and conversations with artists involved in Arts Emerson productions. Current shows up are "Mala," a one-woman show by local actor/writer Melinda Lopez, and "Sequence 8" by 7 Fingers, an acrobatic troupe from Montreal.

#asonnetaday, opens a new window 

Sir Patrick Stewart recites one of Shakespeare's sonnets every day.

Boston Public Library (card required)

The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection, opens a new window

These high-definition, surround-sound recordings of William Shakespeare's plays feature the world's best Shakespearean actors, bringing performances filmed at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon theater to your computer screen.

Theatre in Video, opens a new window

Over 150 definitive dramatic performances and over 300 documentaries and interviews featuring directors, designers, writers, and performers. Videos include closed captioning and synchronized scrolling transcripts.

Kanopy - Theater Performance, opens a new window 

A large selection of professionally staged performances, strongest in Shakespeare and Russian classics.

Dance in Video, opens a new window 

Over 600 performances and over 600 documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos featuring the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.