Welcome to Original Theatre Online
Original Theatre Online has already been featured as critics pick for streaming from The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, The Express, Channel 4 news, Classic FM, WhatsOnStage 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.
Birdsong Online (UK only)
The show will be released online at 7pm on 16 July until midnight on 19 July.
‘Best online play of lockdown... technologically accomplished, beautifully acted and emotionally riveting’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Emotionally gripping tale with such extraordinary creativity… a staggering achievement’ ★★★★ Daily Mail
‘Startling and innovative…. Birdsong is a deeply emotional and powerful watch’ ★★★★★ Broadway World
‘By pushing themselves further than anyone else so far, the whole team involved in Birdsong have succeeded in creating a true piece of theatre. The fact that it is presented online just makes it all the more remarkable.’ ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
"The tenacity, ingenuity and momentum propelling this unique performance of Birdsong forward are precisely what theatre thrives on… ingenious” ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
"As intimate as the very best kind of radio drama…. The acting is uniformly excellent" ★★★★ The Times
Birdsong Behind the scenes
By Louise Coulthard
Directed by Michael Fentiman
“What are those Blue Remembered Hills?”
Alice and her granddaughter Rosie were a team. Until Lockdown forced them apart.
Starring BAFTA winning actress Miriam Margolyes this heartbreaking and hilarious online play highlights the incredible bond between Alice and Rosie as they face change, confusion and an unexpected arrival from Tesco.
Adapted from Louise Coulthard’s award-winning debut play and directed by Michael Fentiman, Watching Rosie is a tender portrayal of experiencing dementia in lockdown and the power of love to overcome it.
Produced by the Original Theatre Company with a cast including Amit Shah and Louise Coulthard, donations are encouraged in support of Dementia UK and the Original Theatre Company.
To watch you will need to register online here, available from 6 August.