We all suffered during the global pandemic. The theater was just one of the few things that were canceled. Here’s how theater adapted to the pandemic.
The Old Vic In Camera
Of course, some old favorites have been revisited, such as the last season of the BBC Radio 4 series and even the new series of BBC One’s Big Brother.
The Old Vic in London staged a series of socially distanced reproductions in front of an empty auditorium. Instead, viewers were able to watch the show live, which was presented online in all its glory. Capturing a live performance of one of London’s most iconic theatres in all its glory is no mean feat.
The London Palladium is a floating auditorium, and events at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End have been canceled due to the ever-changing Covids rules. If it’s just a moment, the sentiment is undoubtedly true of London’s theatres, but what about the rest?
The BBC stepped in to provide an evening of pure, unadulterated musical enjoyment with their musical Greatest Show. The show is over after a few performances, but the West End theatre will have to run for another year and close again in the not too distant future, which we can look forward to. If musicals really do double it, the BBC will step in for us all and offer us another evening of pure – and unspoiled – musical delight with their “Musicals greatest show.”
Theatre at Awards Shows
Hosted by “Funny Girl” Sheridan Smith, they took us through the world premiere of the new musical Cinderella at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There are even new musicals coming out soon, as the “world premiere” of Cinderella, and there is even a new Broadway musical coming out soon.
Listening to cast albums on your daily walks
The playlists created at the start of the lockout were quickly out of date, so it was more important than ever to breathe in the fresh air. We may not have Tonys yet, but that hasn’t stopped theatres from making a name for themselves this season. There were many winning moments that showed how incredible our favorite stars really are.
Karaoke and sing-alongs on Zoom
Now, after a year of closed shows, we have songs to celebrate today’s power and to accompany us outside for hours. The occupied albums offer us the inspiration we need to take a step forward, step back and step up.
We met for hours with friends, family, colleagues, and cameras, but the sight of the same four walls quickly became tiring. Murder thrillers and quizzes were the norms, and we loved our karaoke sessions, but we always broke into songs. With video calls, anything is possible now, and singing our hearts out is no longer so strange.
Household activities became theatrically inspired
We did our own Covid tests, we knew how to solve puzzles, and we thought we were led by a Broadway cast. Jenna Hunterson, from Waitrose, is a writer, actress, director, producer, writer, and theatre director at the London School of Drama.
Heidi Hansen, from Dear Evan Hansen, is a writer, actress, director, producer, writer, and theatre director at the London School of Drama. Heidi Hansen (from “Dear Evan Hansen”) is an actress – in-residence at Covid, and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Learning musical routines to keep fit
Staying active has never been so much fun, and if you can only make enough effort, it can be theater. Last year I spent hours with a newcomer who helped me a bit with an online dance class. I even danced in a grocery store Glee flashmob, pretending to be in the cast of Hairspray (“Anything goes”) and even pretending to be a member of Hairspray.
Theater adapted to the pandemic very, very hard. It and all the related industries have suffered seriously. Let’s hope everything comes back to normal soon enough!