Auditoriums across the globe may be dark this #worldtheatreday, but at 8pm last night the UK gave a momentous standing ovation to the incredible front-line staff that are carrying us through this unprecedented crisis. So, in the spirit of “they go to work for us; we stay home for them” we’ll be adding continuously over the coming weeks to this round-up of the fantastic initiatives springing up across the creative industries to help us be very well entertained culture potatoes indeed!
Theatre and Performance
The hilarious and anarchic physical comedy company Spymonkey are screening one of their shows for free every week through Vimeo. If you need some light relief from lockdown, try this!
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House YouTube channel has a wealth of full ballet and opera performances to watch as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series, with a new show added every Friday.
Sir Patrick Stewart is reading one of Shakespeare’s sonnets on Twitter every day.
National Theatre at Home
The National Theatre will be screening some of their most popular NT Live performances for free on YouTube, with a new production added every Thursday.
The Social Distancing Festival
Artists from around the world are livestreaming events and showcasing their work at the Social Distancing Festival, a collection of performance, visual arts, music and more.
BBC Culture in Quarantine
BBC Arts present their virtual festival of the arts across TV, radio and online, focussing on the experience of national lockdown, including new works specially commissioned from independent artists and RSC productions available on iPlayer.
21 Chump Street
Perfect for Hamilton fans, this mini musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is "a small nugget of gold" (What'sOnStage.com) and is available to watch on YouTube.
A new crowd-sourced website with a huge list of performances to watch at home.
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The Guardian newspaper has collected a huge selection of other theatre and dance performances you can enjoy online from the comfort of your sofa. Read all about it!
This year's Hay Festival is entirely digital - taking place online from 18th-31st May - with writers and speakers presenting events from all over the world.
Art, Museums and Heritage
Faces of Frida
Check out Google Arts & Culture's Faces of Frida project, exploring the work of artist Frida Kahlo through online exhibitions, a digital tour of her studio and excerpts from her personal letters and diaries.
Explore the fantastic BFI Player free archive section. See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, plus national and regional film archives - covering 120 years of Britain on screen.
The Great Women Artists Podcast
This podcast is presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel. Listen to interviews with artists on their career - or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them.
Enjoy great art and learn more about the works and artists with Art UK's fantastic Instagram feed.
As well as huge online catalogue of images, the fantastic Tate website presents online-only live art and performance, podcasts and how-to guides to help you get creative at home.
FORMAT International Photography Festival: Mass Isolation
FORMAT's Mass Isolation Project invites people around the world to share their experience of the pandemic through photos, videos, drawings, memes and more, inspired by the Mass Observation project directives of the past.
British Museum Virtual Tour
Visit the world-famous museum without leaving your sofa, thanks to this virtual tour presented together with Google Arts & Culture. Other museums and galleries offering a virtual tour include the Guggenheim in New York, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Paris' Musee d'Orsay
Third Man Public Access
Jack White's record label, Third Man, is hosting daily live gigs on their YouTube channel, with previous performances also available to watch.
Royal Albert Home
The Royal Albert Hall is streaming a series of performances by artists from their own homes - including acts such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Imogen Heap and Tim Burgess.
Tom Service Blogs
For an introduction to contemporary classical music, read Tom Service's series of blogs for the Guardian, complete with YouTube links to concerts and performances.
Classical music website Bachtrack.com has loads of concerts and operas to watch, performed by leading companies from around the world.
The orchestra have made their Digital Concert Hall free to everyone, giving access to a huge archive of concerts, interviews and short films.
Manchester Collective: Live From Isolation
The musicians of the Manchester Collective are producing a series of live online events across several platforms, bringing the best music and special insight from those making it straight to your home.
Music venue Jimmy's (a favourite among the Audience Agency team in Manchester) is streaming live "isolation gigs" from a selection of artists and bands on Instagram
This new report, commissioned by Arts Council England, examines reading habits, motivations for reading and how people are choosing to engage with literature.
As many of us strive to do our civic duty by sitting on the couch, the creative industries have stepped up to save us, offering a myriad of amazing, free online opportunities to keep engaging with arts, culture and heritage from home.