While theater, opera, and dance performances are created with the intention of being viewed live, streaming performances offer patrons the freedom to enjoy the arts while on the go. Here’s where you can stream your favorite performances:
Where to Stream Broadway Shows
From classic movie adaptations to the filmed versions of live theater, there are more options available than ever to watch your Broadway favorites. While all the streaming platforms listed below are subscription-based, most offer a decent trial period so you can try before you subscribe.
The only streaming service dedicated exclusively to theater; Broadway HD offers theater-lovers hundreds of titles to choose from. Enjoy favorites like Into the Woods and Cats, or choose to go behind the scenes with a riveting documentary.
The original streaming service has added quite a few theatrical productions to its catalog in recent years. Subscribers can access Broadway hits like Rent, as well as family favorites like Shrek: The Musical. Numerous foreign titles and documentaries are available too.
Perhaps best known as the home for the Tony award winning Hamilton, Disney+ has an impressive selection of shows available to stream. The platform offers titles for the entire family – from animated shows like Frozen, to Broadway classics like Newsies and Hello Dolly.
The newest streaming service offered by WarnerMedia launched in 2020 with an enormous library filled with original series, classic TV shows, and plenty of Broadway hits. Titles range from Les Miserables and Moulin Rouge, to well-known classics like 42nd Street and Little Shop of Horrors.
If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, your membership includes access to a wealth of digital content like books, music, and movies. For theater-lovers, there are hundreds of movie adaptations and documentaries available to stream. Titles include classics like An America in Paris and Fiddler on the Roof, and more modern hits like Chicago and Mama Mia.
Where to Stream Dance, Opera and Orchestra Performances
From classic ballet performances like Swan Lake to a rousing rendition of Aida, there are numerous ways to enjoy the arts online. Most of the platforms listed below also offer an interactive component – subscribers can take flight with the artists of Cirque du Soleil, or participate in a workshop hosted by the world-famous Sadler’s Well Dance Company.
Just as its name implies, All Arts offers free digital content featuring almost every type of art. The digital streaming service of WNET, New York’s PBS station is continuously adding new programs, which include ballet and contemporary dance performances. Additional genres to explore include visual, music, theater, film, and written.
From ballet to opera to orchestra, Marquee TV offers subscribers a dizzying array of choices. Performances from world-famous dance companies like the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet are available to stream, in addition to concerts from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Classical theater featuring the Royal Shakespeare Theater Company, opera, and plenty of behind-the-scenes documentaries are also included.
Based in the U.K., the historic Sadler’s Wells theater has created a digital stage offering subscribers the ability to stream some of their most popular performances. Dance workshops and documentaries are also available, with new content added regularly.
Cirque du Soleil’s new digital platform offers more than just their awe-inspiring performances. Similar to MasterClass, CirqueClass showcases the creators and artists behind Cirque du Soleil, and covers creativity, artistry and leadership. Other original content includes a dedicated fitness channel called Cirque Me Out, make-up and costume tutorials, and documentaries.
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