Kay asked on Thursday Watcha Watchin’? and reminded us all about the upcoming eight-part Netflix series based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels. I bet that will be a gorgeous, feelgood watch. Imagine the settings and the costumes, let alone the stories.
While you’re waiting, what about a different kind of eye and brain candy?
I’ve written before about National Theatre Live, the live-broadcast arm of London’s world-class National Theatre. Right now the theatre is closed, but they’re offering free (free!) streaming via YouTube of some awesome past productions that were originally filmed as part of the National Theatre Live service. The lockdown offering is called National Theatre Home.
The production that caught my eye is Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. I saw that live in 2011, and it was incredible. Even more amazingly, during the run the two actors alternated roles so that both played Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. And both versions will be available so you can watch, wonder, and be moved. Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature will be available from 7pm UK time (2pm eastern) on Thursday 30th April until Thursday 7th May. Jonny Lee Miller as the creature will be available from 7pm UK time on Friday 1st May until Friday 8th May. More details here.
Right now, you could watch Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth Night.
And after Frankenstein, there’s Antony & Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.
If you’d like to know more about National Theatre Home, click here.
Kudos to the National Theatre for making these amazing productions available. I hope you decide to give them a try. And that you enjoy them.
Take care, stay safe, and see you next week!