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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Shifting Tides; Greatest Wealth; Deep Blue Sea

10 July, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Helen McCrory in Deep Blue Sea. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

A HEADS-UP for the Almeida’s exciting new digital festival, Shifting Tides, which explores the intersection between art and the climate crisis and involves the local community. Aimed at and created with 14- to 25-year-olds, the festival will be presented on the Almeida’s digital platform from July 16-18, and features audio drama, film screenings, panel discussions with artists and creatives and online exhibitions. At the centre of the festival is the world premiere of Ben Weatherill’s new audio drama As Waters Rise, performed by members of the Almeida Young Company. All events are free, but registering attendance in advance is essential. Visit:

TO mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, the Old Vic has been streaming The Greatest Wealth, a series of eight monologues, spanning each decade since the creation of the NHS, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester. This week, First, Do No Harm, a brand new commission written by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo, performed by Sharon D Clarke, goes online. Visit:

THIS week National Theatre at Home presents Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea. Set in a flat in Ladbroke Grove, 1952, Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. Gradually, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge is revealed. A moving portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Visit:

BLACKEYED Theatre is streaming Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four online until July 15. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Holmes tale, adapted by Nick Lane, is full of adventure, romance, comedy and clever sleuthing. When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, Holmes takes on the case and together with his companion Dr Watson enters a murky world of deception and trickery, unravelling a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels. Visit:

THE Royal Opera House is streaming Puccini’s La Bohème for free until July 17. When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Puccini’s much-loved opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak blends tragedy and comedy to terrific effect. Richard Jones’ recent production for The Royal Opera perfectly captures the vulnerability of youth amid the harshness and glamour of a big city. Visit:


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