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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Tiger Country; Fleabag; Wise Children

24 April, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre

HAMPSTEAD Theatre’s acclaimed production of Tiger Country by Nina Raine is available to watch on demand until Sunday, April 26. A timely revisit, Tiger Country explores the workings of the NHS and the people who keep it going. It looks beyond the hospital corridors and presents the reality for care professionals, striving to cope under pressure, driven by ambition, compassion and humour. Visit:

Soho Theatre has released Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show which launched her career and is the inspiration behind the award-winning television series. People are asked to donate a minimum of £4 to view the show online and proceeds will go to those affected by Covid-19. Visit:

• As part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine, Emma Rice’s exuberant musical adaptation of Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, is available to download until June 11. It first premiered at The Old Vic in 2019 and is billed as a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, mischief and mistaken identity. Visit:
The Royal Opera House is now showing The Metamorphosis as part of its #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Arthur Pita’s award-winning dance-theatre adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella imaginatively portrays Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a monstrous insect and his family’s struggle to accept him. Frank Moon’s evocative score and Simon Daw’s stark design match the mood as Gregor’s life descends into a surreal nightmare. Visit:

Cheek by Jowl’s celebrated production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is available on demand until May 22. Directed by Declan Donnellan, it follows a delusional and paranoid king as he tears his family apart. Darkness gives way to joy in this bitter-sweet tragicomedy. Visit:

• Headlong Theatre Company and Century Films have recently announced a cast of over 50 actors taking part in Unprecedented: Theatre from the State of Isolation. A series of new digital plays written in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Unprecedented will be broadcast in May as part of the BBC Culture in Quarantine initiative.


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