P/REVIEW: View From The Sofa 17

Brian Butler July 17, 2020

This week let’s celebrate that theatre is starting to come back, even if it’s not as we know it. The good news that Brighton Open Air Theatre is unlocking is followed by other real-life offerings.

Gina Beck, Hugh Bonneville. Omid Djalili and Julian Ovenden are among the stars performing live in a Bank Holiday weekend series of concerts, shows and films in the grounds of Chichester Festival Theatre. On 31 August Downton star Bonneville will read The Tiger  Who Came To Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat , while actors use puppetry to bring the stories to life. In the evening Djalili will host a songs from the shows concert with favourites from South Pacific, West Side Story and Wicked among others. More info at

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is to stage 70 performances of  Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar from 14 August. Cast and audience will be socially distanced with other precautions and the venue will reduce its seating capacity to 390. Cast is yet to be confirmed. Tickets go on sale from 21 July – go to open air for more details.

Drew McOnie’s dance company will stream an  archived performance of Jekyll and Hyde from the Old Vic. The production, from 5-22 August stars Daniel Collins as Dr Jekyll and Tim Hodges as Mr Hyde. It’s free on YouTube but donations are requested.

The wonderful improvisers at Showstoppers are mounting a new musical based on ideas given to them from their socially distant audience members . So if you a fancy Hamilton on Hampstead Heath get thinking. The show is on 21 July . Book in advance via

London’s Donmar Warehouse is opening its doors for a binaural sound installation featuring the voice of actress Juliet Stevenson. Blindness is a powerful story about a doctor’s wife in the time of a global pandemic . It runs from 3-22 August. More information at

This week’s offering from National Theatre @ home is Peter Schaffer’s iconic Amadeus, with Lucian MsaMati as composer Mozart’s deadly rival Salieri. It’s on YouTube  for a week from today. .

Where the shows are free don’t forget to donate if you can. Some theatre is coming back but most is not.

Happy viewing .