More places to stream shows this Easter Sunday (and beyond) #CultureInQuarantine #staycreative

And the shows available for you to stream just keep rolling in.

One of the only positives I can see about this whole thing right now is that people who might not usually get the opportunity to go to the theatre (too far away, too expensive) have the chance to see some of the best shows around.

So here are the next batch for your enjoyment. 

We will of course get reviewing as many as we can. 

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We’ve got this! Helping you find where you can watch theatre, concerts and more online in these weird times

When you can’t go to see your favourite sport, what do we do? Watch an old event on the TV.

When you can’t go to a gig, what do you do? Listen to it on Spotify or watch last year’s Glastonbury on BBCiplayer.

When you can’t go to the pub for a pub quiz, what do you do? I mean, I would create my own with friends which we would do virtually, but there is also the option of a boardgame at home or an online quiz over a drink.

But what do you do when your love is theatre? When faced with heightened anxiety about when we can next get out and do the things we enjoy and a feeling of being trapped in our homes, it is important to make the most of what is available to us.

Here at Playhouse Pickings, we are going to do our best to share things with you which might make these bizarre times feel a bit more bearable. We will be speaking to actors, directors and people in the industry about how this is affecting them personally and how it is affecting their work. We will also be reviewing online shows. Finally, we might just tell some of our own stories about what we are up to, why we enjoy the theatre, things we have seen in the past and musings on art and culture in general.

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Upcoming events: 40 Winks @MR40WINKS

40 Winks is a unique place. Described as the most beautiful hotel in the world, a place where you are treated not as a paying guest, but as a new friend, a place where you will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of the house and its unique ambiance, somewhere with a dreamy fairytale quality which offers a welcome respite from the harsh realities of everyday life. images (1) Owned by Mr Carter – frequently lauded as one of the world’s most influential interior designers by magazines like Architectural Digest, twice shortlisted for the International Interior Designer of the Year Award, the Economist’s Intelligent Life called him an ‘elegant sliver of fin-de-siecle aestheticism’ – this place has a lot to live up to and I cannot wait to experience it for myself in their May event.

Previous events organised by Mr Carter have been some of the most highly acclaimed events in London, including extravagant and theatrical life drawing evenings, parties like ‘Tart’ and ‘Coquette’40Winks (spoiling afternoons of naughty self- indulgence, seductive style and decadent pampering for girls), the famous ‘Jacques Townhouse’ (London’s first pop-up hotel), and the inaugural meeting of the ‘Champagne Charlie Society’. There has also been a magical ‘Bedtime Story Nights’ and the newest event, ‘Supernatural’.

And May’s event sees the very witty Viv Groskop performing. Viv is a journalist, writer, occasional agony aunt and comedian. She is the star of BBC1’s This Week and BBC Radio 4’s It’s Just a Joke, Comrade. Bedtime-Stories-1VIVALICIOUS is a brand new show that will be officially launched at the Edinburgh Festival, but 40 Winks have managed to lure her hre for a special preview date. In an age of therapy and reinvention, Viv humorously explores how we all want to become the very best versions of ourselves, and frequently fail despite our most determined efforts. I have been told to expect enlightenment and lots and lots of laughter.

You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to come, but you do need to book a ticket in advance. If you would like to attend one of the upcoming events (which often sell out within hours) receive a copy of the latest programme or join their exclusive mailing list, please email Daisy at, or complete the form.
Apparently I have to dress in my most glamorous boudoir attire but I expect it will be worth it to go and drink “intoxicating cocktails with London’s brightest and boldest, and find myself carried off on a delirious journey by some of this country’s most revered storytellers, mind-bending illusionists, comedians and topnotch (but tiny) theatre companies?”
Tickets: £30 per head (includes MAMAlicious Vodka cocktails and yummy nibbles)
Dates: The 17th of May 2018
Website40 Winks
Times: 7.00pm – 10.45pm (the shows start at 8.03)
Booking: Email Daisy at
Dress code: Elegant pyjamas and glamorous nighties
Nearest tube: Stepney Green (a three minute stroll)