Welcome to Original Theatre Online


Into The Night 

Watch On-Demand from 12 January

The Story of The Penlee lifeboat

by Frazer Flintham 

Based on the book Penlee: The Loss of a Lifeboat by Michael Sagar-Fenton


“A perfect, poignant tale for a dark winter's night ” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Stage 

“An entirely new dramatic genre...immaculately conceived production” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Guardian

“A vital story excitingly told… a triumph” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ London Theatre Review

 “A highly recommended production” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dress Circle Reviews

“An impressively immersive production” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Love London Love Culture

“The tribute they deserve… remarkable” ⭐⭐⭐⭐North West End UK

“A powerful story of bravery that deserves to be celebrated” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ West End Best Friend

"I doubt there will be a more moving or more telling play on stage or screen this year... one of the best, a gripping, emotive drama" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Behind The Arras

"Fascinating and heart-stopping... one of the best online theatre groups around" Daily Mirror


Streaming on demand from 12 January

40 years later, their bravery lives on.





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How does it work?

Simply log in (or register) to your Original Theatre Online account and decide which production you want to gift to that special someone.

Click on ‘Purchase now’ or ‘Pre-order now’ depending on the production and go through to the purchase page.

You will see at the bottom of the form that you can tick ‘Is this purchase a gift?’. Then you enter the recipient's email address, complete the purchase and voila, you have given the gift of theatre!

Your recipient will then receive an email letting them know you sent the gift and creating an account for them to watch the show.



Original Theatre Online has already been featured as critics pick for streaming from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, The Express, Channel 4 news, Classic FM, WhatsOnStage, The Metro and The Daily Telegraph.

We are the Original Theatre Company and we have been touring extensively all over the UK (and as far as the US) since 2004. We love to make theatre. We love to tell stories. We love to tour our work across the UK. But most of all we love to thrill, excite and engage audiences.

And in this time of uncertainty and financial devastation for us and our industry we have set up Original Theatre Online to create and share our work digitally and hopefully bring some very needed income into the company and industry.


“Feels like an entirely new dramatic genre from the aptly named Original Theatre Company” The Guardian

“One of the big lockdown innovators, Original Theatre, continues to set the pace putting new, high quality theatre online” Daily Mail article - The Best Plays To Stream Online. 🎭

"Original Theatre are truly the connoisseurs of virtual theatre" WhatsOnStage 

"Extraordinarily enterprising Original Theatre’" Daily Mail 

"Original Theatre, a digital platform that has been a stand-out performer in drama's emergency migration online" Mark Lawson 

"It’s life-enhancing to see OTC keep pushing back artistic barrier" London Theatre Reviews

"If enterprise awards are handed out at the end of lockdown, the Original Theatre Company will top my list'" ★★★★ Daily Mail 

“Original Theatre has done it complete justice. This is one of the most impressive theater webcasts”  Wall Street Journal on The Habit of Art streaming June 2020

"Best online play of lockdown... technologically accomplished, beautifully acted and emotionally riveting’" ★★★★★ The Telegraph on Birdsong Online streaming July 2020

"Strong acting across the board and mesmerising, at times out-of-this-world, visuals" -  ★★★★ The Telegraph on Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon

"Gripping… A mastery of slow-burn tension" ★★★★ The Guardian on Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon