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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Red Shoes; Dancing Nation; Press Play Here; Lungs; Public Domain

21 January, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Sole food: The Red Shoes. Photo: Johan Persson

FOR those missing dance, Matthew Bourne’s brilliant adaptation of The Red Shoes, a recording of the stage performance at Sadler’s Wells, is available on BBC iPlayer. Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men, Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper) and Julian Craster (Dominic North), who inspire her passion. A tale of obsession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world, The Red Shoes is a set to the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Visit:

Sadler’s Wells Dancing Nation will be streamed on BBC iPlayer from Jan 28 and is available for 30 days. The event features a series of new works and audience favourites from a diverse and thrilling line up of the UK’s best-loved dance artists. Free to view. Visit: for info and link to BBC iPlayer

• Stratford East has created a series of mini-shows during lockdown. Spanning panto, cabaret, musical theatre and new writing, you can enjoy any of these pint-sized delights by clicking on one of the character icons on their website. PRESS PLAY HERE videos (ranging from nine to 17 minutes in length) are available to watch until Wednesday, February 17. Captioned and audio described versions available. Please note that some of the shows contain strong language. Visit:

The recorded version of Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith and directed by Matthew Warchus, is available to watch again as part of the Old Vic’s In Camera Playback Series. “I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.” The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world? Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas is available from Jan 27-29 at 7.30pm. £15. Visit:

Public Domain, a dark, funny, verbatim musical about “authenticity” online, written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, is available digitally courtesy of Southwark Theatre. This high-adrenaline, electronic thrill ride is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users. Set to music, the show follows two teenage influencers; Millie (sporty spice, health guru, buddha bowls – millennial) and Z (GCSEs, existential dread, swag – generation Z) Running time: 75 mins. £10 (for 24-hour access). Online until Jan 31. Visit:


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