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Loungewear & Live Streamed Events: A Guaranteed Front Row Ticket

Live Shows or Live Streamed Events?

Who says you can't have the best of both worlds?!

by Lu, OTL Seat Fillers & Spotlight

We’re consistently touting the benefits of shows and events IRL here at OTL. After all, our entertainment partners include some of the best theatres, comedy clubs, and other show venues across the US and London.

But every so often, don’t you just want to put on your pj’s, grab a pint of ice cream, and curl up on the couch with comfy blankets and pillows?

Well, that’s why I thought you might appreciate this blog post because it combines the excitement of being at the venue - without having people whisper about your bunny slippers!

Live Shows, Tours, and Experiences - From Your Living Room

From London’s National Theatre to the Metropolitan Opera House, I've curated a list of incredible at-home experiences, including live-streamed events, VR experiences, and virtual tours. They’ll turn your space into the coolest venue in town. So, fluff up those pillows and get ready for a journey through the best seats in the house—yours!

National Theatre at Home

Enjoy world-class theatre productions from the National Theatre in London. From Shakespearean dramas to contemporary hits, new shows are added regularly, keeping the lineup fresh and exciting.

Cost: Subscriptions are $12.99/month; $129.99/year OR pay as you go with individual rentals in the $11.99 range for three days

Website:  https://www.ntathome.com/

Special Equipment: No special equipment needed.

Availability: 24/7

Dusk settles over the Louvre Museum, inviting viewers to explore virtual tours of its galleries, where the marvels of art can be experienced in a VR setting, bringing culture to your doorstep.

The Louvre’s Digital Doors: Art Without the Crowds

With virtual tours of its most famous exhibits, The Louvre's treasures are just a click away. Discover Egyptian antiquities, Renaissance art, and more in an intimate setting.

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Special Equipment: None required.

Availability: 24/7, with virtual exhibits subject to change.

Membership has proven to be so much fun for our family and friends!  What a way to spend an evening...  LOTS of evenings!  Check it out!

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 mesmerizing blend of art and imagination wraps around a neoclassical structure, illustrating the boundless exploration possible with virtual tours of arts and culture

Google Arts & Culture’s Virtual Reality Extravaganza

Dive into the world's most prestigious theaters, museums, and historical sites without leaving your sofa with these incredible VR experiences. Google Arts & Culture offers a vast array of 3D tours. They provide opportunities for you to explore places like the Royal Opera House and the Palace of Versailles in stunning detail. The National Air & Space Museum is my personal favorite!

Cost:  Free

Website: https://artsandculture.google.com/

Special Equipment: None is required, but VR headsets enhance the experience.

Availability: 24/7, with exhibitions and collections that evolve over time, so you can keep coming back for more.

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Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall: Where Every Seat is First Class

Tune in to live-streamed events or browse an extensive archive of concerts featuring the legendary Berlin Philharmonic. The repertoire changes with the season, offering everything from classical to contemporary pieces.

Cost: $18 per month

Website:  https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/

Special Equipment: High-quality sound system recommended.

Availability: Live streams according to the season's schedule; archived concerts are available anytime.

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Metropolitan Opera on Demand: High Notes in High Def

The Met Opera's streaming service offers a rich selection of operas. They include stunning HD performances from recent seasons as well as classic telecasts. New productions are added after their live performances.

Cost: $149.99/year; other plans available

Website:  https://ondemand.metopera.org/

Special Equipment: None required.

Availability: On-demand, with specific live streams announced in advance.

A smartphone screen displays the BroadwayHD app, surrounded by emblems of famous musicals, offering theater lovers a virtual front-row seat to Broadway's finest shows from anywhere in the world.

BroadwayHD: Because Every Night Can Be a Broadway Night

Why dream of New York when Broadway can come directly to you? From timeless classics to modern musicals and plays, BroadwayHD brings the magic of theatre to your screen. The shows rotate, keeping the lineup exciting and diverse.

Cost: Subscription service - $19.99/month

Website: https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Special Equipment: None required.

Availability: Stream anytime, with new shows added monthly.

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Virtual Reality Art Sessions: Tilt Brush Artist in Residence

You’re heading into a virtual art studio where you can create or witness art being made right before your eyes. Using VR technology, you can either watch artists at work in real time or pick up digital brushes and start creating masterpieces in a 3D space.

Cost:  Free; open source software.

Website: https://www.tiltbrush.com

Special Equipment: VR headset for a fully immersive experience and art supplies.

Availability:  Create or view art anytime, with live artist sessions scheduled regularly.

An open book bearing the name "Shakespeare" rests on a stack, symbolizing the rich literary heritage and live performances of Shakespearean plays, akin to the experiences provided by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Royal Shakespeare Company at Home: To Stream or Not to Stream?

Experience the best of Shakespeare with the RSC’s stunning productions. Along with timeless classics, they occasionally feature contemporary works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Cost: Pay-per-view for specific productions, with some free educational content.

Website: https://www.rsc.org.uk/ and free broadcasts on BBC iPlayer - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Special Equipment: None required.

Availability:  Live streams and availability of recorded performances vary; check their website for the latest schedule.

TIP: If you’re in the US, you can’t access BBC iPlayer – or, can you? I found a Chrome extension that might open up a new world of BBC productions.

A dancer's silhouette cast within a spotlight, encapsulating the movement and emotion of a Sadler's Wells Dance Company performance, accessible through virtual dance events.

Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching (Because They Aren’t)

This platform offers a selection of dance performances and workshops, covering genres from ballet to hip-hop. New performances are added regularly, so there’s always something new to move you.

Cost: Free.

Website:  https://www.sadlerswells.com/digital-stage/

Special Equipment: None required, but make sure you have room to dance along!

Availability:  Stream workshops and performances anytime, with new content added frequently.

The warm glow of the image sets a moody atmosphere, highlighting two silhouetted jazz musicians, one with a saxophone and the other with a trumpet. They appear immersed in their performance, the soft backlighting creating an intimate vibe that's synonymous with a live jazz session, reminiscent of the experiences Jazz Live at Dizzy's offers to its audiences.

Jazz Live at Dizzy’s: Sip and Swing from Home with Live Streamed Events

Tune in for live sessions at Dizzy’s. Your monthly or annual subscription gives you “access to every Jazz Live webcast as well as all the archival and original content available on the service.”

Cost:  $9.99/month or $99.99/year

Websites:  Jazz Live https://www.jazzlive.com/browse

Special Equipment:  None required, though a high-fidelity sound system would enhance the listening experience.

Availability:  Check the schedule for live-stream performances.

From Virtual Shows to Shows IRL

So, you’ve now got the grand tour of the finest virtual aisles in the arts and entertainment universe. You can access live-streamed events, VR experiences, and virtual tours with a snap of your fingers (or a click of a button).

From the plush virtual seats of the Berlin Philharmonic to the historical halls of the Louvre. you’ve snagged a front-row seat to a cultural extravaganza. And, you've got it all without swapping your slippers for shoes!

The Buzz of Live Shows

But hey, who says the show can't go on IRL? With OTL Seat Fillers, the thrill of the theatre, the electricity of live music, and the excitement of comedy nights aren't confined to your screen. Join us as a seat filler, and who knows? Maybe that front-row seat isn't such a far-off dream. Step out of the virtual world and into the velvet seats; join OTL Seat Fillers and be part of the live audience where the magic truly happens.

Don’t just stream the dream, live it!