Live-relay stage-cinema wasted public £p?

23 Sep

I am glad that Jay caught this one:

Some of the capital’s most successful plays are to be broadcast into cinemas around the world in a new scheme to promote British theatre.

The first theatres to take advantage of National Theatre Live will be the Donmar Warehouse and Complicité.

This is a brilliant idea. But have I not heard of it before? Is it not an old medium?

Complicité’s Olivier award-winning A Disappearing Number will be broadcast live from the Theatre Royal in Plymouth next month, followed by the Donmar’s production of King Lear starring Sir Derek Jacobi, which will be shown in February.

The danger is, of course, that the system will be used for perverse arty poison.

CORRECTION: This is a dreadful idea. No wonder it has not found favour in the past…


One Response to “Live-relay stage-cinema wasted public £p?”

  1. Vincent September 24, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I applaud the IDEA of making theatre available to a wider, poorer audience – but the whole point of theatre is it’s LIVE. Imagine “Big Bad Mouse” just on a SCREEN…

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