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Culture in quarantine

Brain melting from Netflix overload already? Culture vultures, rejoice - here's the best of arts and theatre you can stream online.

The papers and news cycles may be giving you anxiety, but don’t switch off entirely – enter Muddy’s guide to the digital saviours to keep you sane and satisfy your culture cravings.

National Theatre at Home

Theatre buffs, prepare to park yourself in front of YouTube every Thursday evening for the next two months. The National Theatre is set to stream a full-length show every week at 7pm, starting Thurs 2 April with Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring James Corden. Catch it here – if you can’t make it live (why, do you have other places to be?), you can watch on demand for up to 7 days.

#AlwaysPlaying with London Symphony Orchestra

If the radio is filling you with too much existential dread, turn off the news and tune to LSO’s full-length concerts twice a week instead. Each Sunday and Thursday you’ll be treated to a concert from the archives on the London Symphony Orchestra YouTube channel – popcorn optional. Tune in on Thurs 2 Apr at 7.30pm to start with Brahms Symphony No 1.

See the sights with Google

While none of us are jetting off on our hols anytime soon, you can still tour some of the world’s most famous landmarks, museums and attractions, thanks to Google Arts & Culture. Explore The British Museum, wander around Versailles or the Taj Mahal, spot murals on the streets of New York or take a tour of the world’s best libraries – all in the comfort of your PJs.

Housetrap Theatre & Arts Festival

West End venue IMMERSIVE LDN is taking the bull by the horns with its Theatre & Arts Festival, a series of short performances designed to support creatives during the lockdown (and keep you lot entertained, of course). The showcase will be live-streamed on Fri 3 April from 6.30pm until midnight, and donations are welcome.

Nightly streams from The Metropolitan Opera

The Met Opera has stepped up to the digital plate with this one – it will be streaming one of its archive performances from the past 14 years (plenty of material, then!) every night at 7.30pm. Now that is 7.30 Eastern Time, which equates to 11.30pm in the UK, but if you don’t want to stay up then you can catch up on The Metropolitan website the next day.

Tour The National Gallery in VR

Got a spare VR headset lying around? You could be exploring the 270 Renaissance paintings of The Sainsbury Wing at The National Gallery instead of re-organising your spice rack (quarantine boredom is no joke). If you don’t have a headset to hand, you can still enjoy virtual tours of over 18 rooms on The National Gallery’s website.

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