5 free events to stream: Royal Ballet’s ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and more

5 free events to stream: Royal Ballet’s ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and more

We’ve rounded up a selection of performances and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Email us suggestions at allartsinfo@wliw.org

Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’

When: July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Metropolitan Opera website

As the last week of July ticks by, the Metropolitan Opera stretches into its 20th week of nightly live-captured streams. On July 29, we recommend tuning in to a vintage staging of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” drawn from a Nov. 7, 1977, performance of the opera. The capture stars Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo and Cornell MacNeil, and it is conducted by James Levine. Based on the 1832 play “Le roi s’amuse” by Victor Hugo, the original production made its world premiere at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice, in 1851.

The Royal Ballet: ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’

When: July 31 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Royal Opera House YouTube


Do the hot summer days have you feeling a bit topsy-turvy? Then, why not fall headlong into that notion with the Royal Ballet’s presentation of “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”? Continuing the Royal Opera House’s at-home series, the production melds the wondrous world of Lewis Carroll with bursts of hip-hop. The piece, created by ZooNation, was commissioned to compliment the Ballet’s production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Told through a modern lens, the piece stars dancers Tommy Franzén, Turbo and Teneisha Bonner, with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. The streamed performance will honor Bonner, who died of breast cancer in 2019 at the age of 37.

Can’t wait until July 31? You can watch the Royal Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty” now through Aug. 6.


Live with Atlantic: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’

When: July 31 at 4 p.m.
Where: Link sent upon registration; sign up here

Drawn from Sue Monk Kidd’s 2001 novel, the musical version of “The Secret Life of Bees” alighted on the Atlantic Theater Company stage last summer. Now, with curtains drawn, the company is stirring up memories of the production by way of a talk with the creators behind the stage adaption: Susan Birkenhead (lyricist), Sam Gold (director), Lynn Nottage (book) and Duncan Sheik (composer). The conversation fits into a series of presentations from the Atlantic as part of their digital “Live with Atlantic” program.

In an interview with ALL ARTS last year, Sheik shared that he’s “the person on the team who wants everything to be poetic and metaphorical and sort of elusive,” while “Sam, Lynn and Susan, to some extent, wanted things to be much more specific and literal.”

‘A Strange Loop’ with Michael R. Jackson
When: Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: Link sent with registration; sign up here

Michael R. Jackson’s meta-musical “A Strange Loop” swept up a Pulitizer Prize and an Obie Award this summer after its much-lauded Off-Broadway run last year. On Aug. 3, Jackson will speak with New York Public Library Billy Rose Theatre Division Curator Doug Reside about the groundbreaking production and the playwright’s place within the history books.

Manual Cinema: 10th Anniversary Retrospectacular

When: Ongoing, with new debut Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Manual Cinema website

The Chicago-based, multi-media theater company Manual Cinema is celebrating its 10th anniversary online by streaming four of its most high-profile shows. Created with puppeteers, projections, multiple cameras, screens and hyper-specific sound design, the films included in the lineup demonstrate the group’s unique blend of cinematic and stage techniques to tell a narrative story.

A new film will debut each week, accompanied by live talk-backs. The series officially kicked off earlier this week with “Lula Del Ray,” which will stream until Aug. 3. The next film slated to appear — “The End of TV” — will arrive Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Top Image: Ensemble cast of "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party." Royal Opera House. Photo: Alice Pennefeather.