Online channel Marquee TV has launched a joint streaming initiative with two UK arts organisations and has extended its free trial period to 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A professional ballerina leaping in front of the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow
Productions are available from the Bolshoi in Moscow © Ilyas Kalimullin/Shutterstock

The performing arts streaming service channel offers contemporary and classic theatre, dance, opera and music performances, in addition to exclusive content, early releases, directors' cuts and shorts. With theatres being closed around the world, it has joined with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company for an initiative called Every Night is Opening Night, offering an enhanced programme of productions as part of their virtual seasons.

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valery in the Royal Opera's production of Verdi's La Traviata
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in the Royal Opera's production of  La Traviata © robbie jack/Corbis via Getty Images

Viewers will also be able to watch productions from Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Teatro Real, Glyndebourne, Opera Zurich and more. Productions include the Royal Opera’s much-loved production of Verdi’s La Traviata, which stars soprano Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry, Charles Castronovo as her lover Alfredo and Plácido Domingo as Alfredo's stern father, Giorgio Germontin.

David Tennant as Richard II in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Richard II
David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Richard II © robbie jack/Corbis via Getty Images

The Royal Shakespeare Company's productions include Richard II with David Tennant in the title role and Twelfth Night with Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon. Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty are available, both starring Svetlana Zakharova, and The Royal Ballet's productions include The Nutcracker, Giselle and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

An opera singer pictured from behind singing to an audience
Opera fans will get to enjoy a series of free online productions © goodynewshoes/Getty Images

Marquee TV is available on desktop, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. It costs €8.99 ($9.77) per month and €79.99 ($86.89) annually, and a free trial for 30 days is available during which there will be no charge. See here for further information.

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