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24th April 2020

Feel Good Friday

We know the constant flow of news about COVID-19 can be unsettling. That’s why, more than ever it’s critical to prioritise self-care, as William Shakespeare once said, ‘our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.’

While self-care seems so simple, it can very often remain on the tippy end of our to-do lists, but not today, today the Grand Opera House is asking you to become your main priority because every now and then we just need to take a break from life and find a way to escape (while still remaining at home for now).

One of our favourite ways to escape is to listen to ‘music, a magic beyond all we do here!’ in the words of J.K. Rowling.

Here are some fun suggestions, from different genres of music that we hope will help to lift your spirits. So get ready to sing your heart out, enjoy a little boogie and some time to simply self-care for the person, we all so often forget about, oneself!

  • Singalong to your favourite West End tunes with the LW Theatres Spotify Channel. You’ll find all your favourite musical theatre soundtracks and exclusive playlists from shows and artists, including Phantom, Kinky Boots, Sunset Boulevard and lots more.

 

  • Make sure you’re following legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s social channels for the latest ‘Composer in Isolation’ videos, featuring singalongs from Joseph, song requests from Phantom, Q&As and much more.

 

  • The original West End cast of MAMMA MIA! joined together to sing a tribute to the NHS and a fellow company member who is unwell with coronavirus, taking to a group video call to sing Thank You For The Music, they then sang a re-written version of the song in tribute to the NHS, changing the lyrics to say: “Thank you to our heroes, the care you’re giving, NHS you must keep living.”

As well as sing-alongs, the National Theatre continues its National Theatre home programme, to bring some of their biggest performances via YouTube, this week (23-30 April), enjoy Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig in this gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play.

To continue the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday on 23 April, Shakespeare’s Globe is doing something very similar and is creating digital content for fans to enjoy. Their platform Globe Player will host free content including six filmed productions, 37 short films from ‘The Complete Walk’. As well as this content, they will also offer a new digital series from Sandi and Jenifer Toksvig, and Kathryn Hunter, called Shakespeare & Love in Isolation.

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