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Arts for Free April 8th 2020
Wednesday 08 April 2020

Hello members

The previous list seemed to go down well so here is an update for you. Some of this is at very short notice and only stays on for 24 hours so do use your creativity to find your way round YouTube, Facebook etc. As I said previously, we take no responsibility for the accuracy or content of the list but it, at least, points you in the right direction.

Do let me know if you find something others might be interested in and I can add it to the list The list will stay on our website as well, under News.

Take care everyone




Live Lectures:

You will by now have heard of The Arts Society announcement for its series of free on-line lectures. It made the main news on BBC Radio 4 as well as newspapers.
The first one on Las Maninas by Valesquez was announced in the new 'Connected' platform of TAS.
More lectures will follow every month.

Some filmed lectures on fine art can also be found at


National Theatre at Home: From Thursday 9th April) a tremendous version of Jane Eyre - an amazing production from the Bristol Old Vic. Note that these productions stay available for 6 days after the Thursday, so currently One Man, Two Guvnors is still avalable if you missed it.
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Hampstead Theatre: This week from Monday, Wonderland, a play set in the Miners Strike.
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Chichester Festival Theatre: Flowers for Mrs Harris, the hit musical from 9th April.
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The Globe Theatre: Hamlet for 2 weeks followed by 5 other plays
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Sadler's Wells:  Available to watch on the Sadler's Wells Facebook page until 10th April. BalletLORENT's new dance-theatre fairy tale production Rumplestiltkin. 
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Bolshoi Ballet: A daily ballet but with only 24 hrs notice! Try the site on YouTube especially if your Russian is passable!
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Metropolitan Opera House New York. Every night they are streaming a different opera in full. This week includes Wagner's Parsifal and Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
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Royal Opera House: Each Friday  a full opera at 7 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook. This week Acis and Galatea will be followed by Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. So if you are really keen you could compare it with The Met's!
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BBC iPlayer. Just a reminder that if you go to 'Arts' in Categories, there is a huge selection of programmes, both current and archived.
Here are a few that I have picked out:

Titian Behind Closed Doors. BBC2 to accompany the now closed exhibition.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum. A fascinating series on the V&A.

Sex and Sensuality - History of Art Nouveau. An excellent series but finishing soon.

The Art of the Image.  A slightly annoying commentary but full of wonderful images.

Augustus and Gwen John. A somewhat dated (1975) programme, but fascinating nevertheless, about the now out-of-fashion painter and his sister. (n.b. if you would like to get a fuller picture of 'Gus', Augustus John, the New Biography by Michael Holroyd is available on Kindle for about £5 - a good read).

Culture in Quarantine: an extensive selection of plays, exhibitions, talks and art festivals including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Northern Ballet.
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Museums and Galleries

Missing your visits to the museums? Here is a great article with links to virtual tours of some of the top museums and galleries in the world.
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