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Schaubühne production of Richard III by William Shakespeare, directed by Thomas Ostermeier
Photograph: Arno DeclairSchaubühne production of Richard III by William Shakespeare, directed by Thomas Ostermeier

The world’s coolest theatre is streaming plays for free

Stream avant-garde masterpieces with English subtitles from Berlin’s awesome Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

By
Andrzej Lukowski
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As every true stage fan knows, Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz has pretty much been the coolest theatre in the world since before most us were born. Its bold, iconoclastic, director-led productions have had a huge influence on global theatre, and under the current leadership of Thomas Ostermeier, its reputation has only swelled.

Obviously, like most theatres, the Schaubühne had to shut earlier this year. Its legendary ensemble of actors was forced to disperse.

However, never ones to be deterred, the theatre opened its storied video vaults on a nightly basis for a strand of work called ‘Coercive Measures’. Every night, starting at 6.30pm German time and running until midnight, it streamed a different play from its archive, letting audiences worldwide stream some of the most remarkable theatre that has ever taken place into their living rooms.

After an interlude in the summer, the streaming programme has now resumed. The plays are no longer nightly, but there are still a few crackers scheduled each week.

Most modern productions come complete with English subtitles – but frankly, everything is worth a look for the visuals alone, even if you don’t get the lingo.

C’mon, what else have you got to do this week?

For the full schedule, see the Schaubühne website.

And check out 101 more actually fun things to do at home.

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