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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, December 15 to Sunday, December 17, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. for $69
Thanks to a partnership with the League of Live Stream Theater, Off Broadway's celebrated Vineyard Theatre is live-streaming the final four performances of Scene Partners, John J. Caswell, Jr.'s absurdist play featuring two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest as a 75-year-old Midwestern widow who moves to Hollywood in the winter of 1985 determined to become a star. Her unlikely journey is mind-boggling, amusing and surprisingly moving. Hadestown Tony winner Rachel Chavkin directs and the cast includes Broadway vets Josh Hamilton and Johanna Day.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, December 15 at 9 p.m. for FREE. Streaming until Friday, January 12, 2024 online for FREE.
Chicago's lauded Lookingglass Theatre Company may be on pause, but one of the troupe's most beloved productions, Lookingglass Alice, is coming to PBS. A thrilling, 90-minute reinvention of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, this circus-and-dance infused take was adapted and directed by David Catlin and recorded live on stage last year. The PBS broadcast will be accompanied by a short doc about the company that includes its famous cofounder, David Schwimmer.
Live-streaming Saturday, December 16 at 1 p.m. ET for $26.50
Broadway performers and musicians come together to celebrate the beloved 1992 movie musical The Muppet Christmas Carol. Geoffrey Allen Murphy (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Nance) hosts this tribute full of songs, silliness and mature mayhem for grown-up Muppet mavens. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming until Thursday, January 11, 2024 for FREE
This beloved annual tradition returns to PBS for the holidays. Miss Saigon Tony winner Lea Salonga and stage and screen star Sir David Suchet join the 500-member Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this seasonal celebration featuring classic Christmas carols, hymns and an uplifting story of service.
Streaming for $10
In 2020, London's lauded National Theatre launched its own streaming service featuring professional stage captures of its productions. While you can buy a subscription, shows are also available to rent individually. New to the roster is its 2022 revival of The Corn Is Green, Emlyn Williams' 1938 semi-autobiographical play about an English teacher helping local Welsh miners learn how to read and write. Dominic Cooke helmed this acclaimed staging and Nicola Walker plays the determined instructor. A 72-hour rental costs $10 and captions are available. It's just one of many fantastic National Theatre shows you can stream, so be sure to browse the entire list.