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Each week, we're sharing a few links to cultural experiences you can access from home during the pandemic, such as online concerts, theater and art. Most are free (although some welcome donations); and some are only available for a limited time, so it's worth checking regularly. If you'd like to receive a weekly reminder, enter your email in the "Subscribe to Blog" field to the right.

This week we suggest:

  • Amadeus at the National Theatre. A 2018 production of Peter Saffer's award-winning play which premiered at the National in 1979. This production is directed by Michael Longhurst and stars Lucian Msamati as Salieri and Adam Gillen as Mozart (available July 16-22, donations encouraged).
  • Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, inspired by Herman Melville's novella. The production was recorded as part of Glyndebourne's 2010 Festival and is directed by Michael Grandage and stars Jacques Imbrailo in the title role. Mark Elder conducts (July 12-18, donations encouraged). If you're not familiar with this iconic location in the south of England, I recommend you explore Glyndebourne's about us pages.
  • Massachusetts Avenue by David Morley. This is a gripping contemporary thriller set in and around the British Embassy in Washington DC, broadcast in two parts on BBC Radio 4 (part 1, part 2).
  • The Musée du Louvre. There are some close up views of artwork such as Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, but my eye was drawn to the museum's growing collection of One Minute in a Museum videos. While presumably intended for children, they are surprisingly compelling, packing in a lot of easily digestible information into a little over a minute.

Also, check out our "beyond the book" articles that explore a historical, cultural or contextual aspect of every book we feature.

-- Davina (BookBrowse publisher)

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