A hub of cultural activity, there is always something to observe and learn in London and these coming months are no exception. Plug into these online channels and events to get your cultural fix from the comfort of your own home.
A reconstruction of Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre, this icon sits on the banks of the River Thames and draws in crowds from across the world. The doors of the theatre may be currently closed, but virtually they are remaining open. Previous performances have been recorded and are able to be streamed at your own leisure. The plays include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Each play can be rented for £5.99 or you can own one for £11.99.
One of the top five orchestras in the world, used to preforming 120 times per year, the London Symphony Orchestra is nothing short of incredible. Determined to counteract their need to cancel physical shows, their new ‘Always Playing’ concept takes the orchestra performance online. You can enjoy the sweet sounds of the orchestra playing from your own computer or television with their archived concerts being streamed each Thursday and Sunday from their YouTube channel.
With their iconic home in the heart of Covent Garden currently not open to the public, this cultural hub is now going online every Friday until mid-April. Whether you enjoy the ballet or are partial to the opera, tune in every Friday at 7pm for their #OurHouseToYourHouse shows.
The blue whale skeleton that hangs from the ceiling in the main hall of the Natural History Museum is an icon in its own right, let alone the magnificent building itself. It houses over 80 million specimens, including those from plants, animals, fossils and rocks. And the good news is, your computer screen will enable you to see 200,000 of them, should you wish. They have teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to facilitate discovery and learning online – so why not dedicate a day to exploring the exhibits?
With the accolade of the world’s first national public museum, and over six million visitors each year, the British Museum is a piece of history in itself. Through its collection of eight million objects, including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies, you can take away a wealth of cultural and historical knowledge. The museum opened its doors in 1759, but it has been well and truly brought into the 21st century with Google Arts & Culture allowing you to look behind its doors from the comfort of your armchair.
Whether it’s a video tour of a key exhibition, a meet the artist interview or a behind-the-scenes look at Picasso making a masterpiece, there is no better time to appreciate fine works of art with the Royal Academy. They are ensuring that we will not be short of beauty and wonderful pieces of art in our lives at this time.
The classical actor and director Robert Myles will take to YouTube every Thursday evening at 7pm to recite some of Shakespeare’s most profound and famous words. In the form of a Zoom chat, Robert is joined by with other actors (both amateur and professional), who have dedicated their time for free to create these videos. They will bring a slice of Shakespearean spirit direct to your living room and it’s also a good place to spot potential stars of the future big screen.
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