What to do in New York in October 2020: top theatre to stream and watch

Here's our favorite picks of what theatre treats you can enjoy in October.

New York What to do in October 2020

Just because the Great White Way is still closed doesn't mean you can't soak up world-class theatre. From virtual productions to art installations to star-studded Netflix movies, there's something for everyone to check out this month. Here's our top picks of what to see and listen to this month, with the majority accessible from the comfort of your own home.

Go to a Broadway-inspired drive in

Witness live theatre before your very eyes at the city’s newest drive-in, officially opening at Hallett’s Point Play on October 1. There’s plenty going on at what looks to be a hub for New York theatre in the coming months, including live performances, outdoor cinema screenings, and karaoke nights. So, park up, plug in a Bluetooth speaker, and get ready for a theatrical night on the waterfront.

Radial Park, Opening October 1.

Watch The Boys in the Band

A starry ensemble with the likes of Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons reprise their critically-acclaimed performances in this film adaptation of The Boys in the Band, coming to Netflix. Directed by Ryan Murphy, this play was last seen on Broadway in 2018, with the entire cast featuring on screen. It’s set to be one of this season’s biggest hits for the streaming platform, and we can’t wait to get an up close view on screen.

On Netflix, from September 30.

Stream What the Constitution Means to Me

It’s a pretty important year as far as American politics goes. It’s also the year of downloading and streaming theatre too, so What The Constitution Means to Me coming to Amazon Prime is a perfect marriage of the two. Heidi Schreck’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama tells of her childhood debates, later evolving into a reflection of what the Constitution says and doesn’t say. Hailed by New York Theatre Guide as a “master class in contemporary feminism”, this is one thought-provoking  and timely piece of theatre you need to watch.

On Amazon Prime, from October 16.

Visit St. Ann's Warehouse

As part of St. Ann’s Warehouse’s current season, check out the art installations that will be presented on the building’s exterior. Highlighting the impact of police brutality across the country, Janette Beckman’s ‘10 Years of Protest’ exhibit is set to put a light on national demonstrations for equality. The off-Broadway venue is also screening an all-female trilogy of Shakespeare plays, which were first performed at London’s Donmar Warehouse. The three plays — Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest — will all be streamed for one week each throughout the month.

Enjoy The Public Theater’s latest offerings

The Public Theater’s fall 2020 season is all about encouraging performers and audiences to speak up and speak out. There’s a world premiere documentary to tune in to, as well as the New York premiere of Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck, which will be broadcast via a four-episode podcast series. With workshops conducted by Broadway stars including Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, sign us up for this free season of theatre. 

Go to a museum

Perhaps you’re seeking inspiration for your own drama? You’re wanting to get out for a few hours? Take a walk around some of the museums, just a stone’s throw from the Great White Way. The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art is back open, with smaller exhibits open at museums across New York City too. Let your imagination run wild with a cultural day out.

Watch one of the British ‘Theatre Greats’

Wishing you could hop on over to the other side of the pond? We are too. But, with a little touch of theatre magic, it’s possible. After a few months away, The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel is back. As reported on LondonTheatre.co.uk, this month’s offerings include Fame, The War of the Worlds, and concerts by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

YouTube, from 25 September.

Photo credit: Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)