If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have that much stuff lined up to watch on the box, that the prospect of leaving the house ever again must see pretty slim right now. With the advent of 5g networks (mast burners permitting) and the recent lockdown, watching stuff indoors has now become, not only an economic necessity, but also a perfectly viable alternative to spending a life going to and fro on the tube.
Well, to add another nail in the coffin of your social life, Central London’s Soho theatre have recently added another five live shows to their brilliant streaming service – Soho Theatre On Demand.
The theatre have added new shows by Jen Brister, Shappi Khorsandi, Lazy Susan and Aditi Mittal to their line up. However, the one that everyone’s getting excited about, is the addition of a live version of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag.
Waller Bridge has been performing the show on stage since 2013, with the comedian announcing in the summer of 2019 that the autumn 2019 Fleabag summer season would represent the last performances of the monologue.
Which makes Soho Theatre’s new deal all the more special. For just £4 you can see the outstanding Waller Bridge in her career defining performance as the unnamed star of her self penned show.
Other shows available on the platform include shows by Josie Long, Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste, Mae Martin, Adam Hess, Rhys James, Panti Bliss and Joel Dommett.
Soho Theatre have been running their on demand platform since the summer of 2018, but the service has really come into its own during the recent lockdown caused by the Coronavirus Crisis.
Soho Theatre’s executive director, Mark Godfrey, described the theatre’s new on demand service as “a way of ‘extending the live experience to audiences who may not have the opportunity to visit our venue in person’.
Godfrey added: ‘As well as opening Soho’s comedy programme to as many people as possible, it’s also a way of collaborating with the stars of the future to build an invaluable archive of their work, preserving some brilliant early shows for them and their fans which previously would have been confined to history.’
The Soho Theatre is set right in the heart of bustling Soho, surrounded by pubs, eateries and entertainment venues. A charity and social enterprise, the theatre has made a name for itself with the quality of the artists it attracts – people like Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand and Sara Pascoe. It is particularly known for offering up and coming comedians a shot, and many of the established names of today played their while struggling to break through in the world of comedy.
More information about Soho Theatre On Demand can be found here.
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