Films and Theatre

The cinemas may be closed but Universal Studios has announced it will be releasing new movies that were destined for the theatres online through popular on-demand services such as Amazon and Sky instead. This includes Dreamworks Trolls World Tour, which will be available on demand from April 6.

Meanwhile, Disney+ is offering a free seven-day trial, which includes access to Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films as well as Walt's classic catalogue of family favourites. Go to for details.

Into Film have opened up some of their resources for free. There are activities for both primary and secondary school age children that revolve around the film industry – including review-writing guides, filmmaking skills and storyboarding – to enhance the children’s creativity. There are also prizes if the projects are submitted to the Into Film website. You can find quizzes and games too.

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Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.

National Theatre Live productions are available to watch for free on YouTube under plans for a new digital service from the National Theatre. The service’s main offering will see one NT Live production made available online each week, via the organisation’s YouTube channel.

It’s already begun with Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden, and will be followed by Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of Jane Eyre, the 2014 production of Treasure Island starring Patsy Ferran, and Twelfth Night, featuring Tamsin Greig as a gender-swapped Malvolia, which concludes the first month of at-home offerings.

Each production will be made available on YouTube at 7pm on Thursdays, beginning on April 2, and audiences will be able to watch live or catch up any time in the following seven days.