APOLLO 13: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
THE latest production from the company behind Birdsong is a new play by Torben Betts, marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the ill- fated Apollo 13 mission.
When three astronauts lost contact with NASA, their struggle to return to Earth became one of the most compelling tales of human survival.
Using transcripts of the event, Betts has fashioned a tense lockdown play that captures the claustrophobia of the situation and the indomitability of the human spirit.
It stars Tom Chambers ( Jack Swigert), Christopher Harper ( Jim Lovell) and Michael Salami ( Fred Haise), right. Tickets are available for online performances from October 8. THE SHOWS MUST GO ON youtube. com/ theshowsmustgoon
AMONG the latest season of musicals and shows available online every Friday for 48 hours are Michael Ball’s Past & Present Tour – filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 ( from October 2), Alfie Boe Live – The Bring Him Home Tour ( from October 9) and Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds ( from October 16). The shows are free to download but donations to charities are encouraged.
THE CLOCKWORK ARMS/ HITMAN AND HER
osoarts. org. uk/ ondemand THE enterprising OSO Arts Centre has just reopened for business and it’s offering three past productions to download for free. The Clockwork Arms is an intriguing play about a girl
on a pub crawl who finds herself in a time- travelling pub.
Also set in a pub, Hitman And Her is a dark thriller about a respectable woman and a male stranger whose apparently accidental liaison conceals a sinister purpose.
Completing the trio is one- man play The Legacy Of William Ireland, which is based on the true story of an 18th century fraudster who attempted to hoodwink London audiences with a fake “lost” play by Shakespeare.
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
metopera. org NEW YORK’S Metropolitan Opera continues its scheme of opera streams with a season of Mozart works including Don Giovanni ( October 2), Le Nozze Di Figaro ( October 3) and Idomeneo ( October 4). Each production is available free for 23 hours. The following week, choose from seven Wagner operas starting with Tristan Und Isolde. This extraordinary resource offers a great opportunity to see some of the best opera stars on the planet.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD lwtheatres. co. uk JASON Robert Brown’s highly acclaimed musical Songs For A New World will be presented in two socially distanced live shows at the London Palladium on October 11, featuring David Hunter, Rachel John, Rachel Tucker, Cedric Neal and Shem Omari James.
THE LAST HARVEST
nyt. org. uk NATIONAL Youth Theatre presents The Last Harvest at the Sanctuary Theatre, an outdoor earth amphitheatre in Shropshire. The play will take audiences on a firelit journey from the future to the present in an outdoor promenade spectacle.
DR BLOOD’S OLD TRAVELLING SHOW
leedsplayhouse. org. uk A CO- PRODUCTION between Leeds Playhouse and Imitating The Dog, this is a comic horror play that draws on classic horror movies and old school charlatanry in a tale of carnival folks and medicine shows. It tours the UK from October 7- 24.