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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Digital Theatre Update

A little over a year ago I reported on the launching of the London-based website, Digital Theatre. How's it doing?  Well, you can now watch current productions there from such esteemed companies as the Almeida, the Young Vic, and even a little outfit called the RSC. True, to view will cost you anywhere from $10-$20 right now in US currency, so more than your usual downloads. But here's hoping that comes down as the site grows.

Plus, they're going global. For instance, do you figure it's time you saw some Arab theatre without flying to, say, Cairo? As the Guardian  reports, you're in luck!

For those of us unable to hop on a plane to research Arab theatre, Gulf Stage allows audiences around the world to access filmed recordings of six productions from young companies hailing from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. All the productions have English subtitles and, unlike Digital Theatre's other productions, will be free to download for the first year.
So all in all, not a bad way to kill time on a freezing-rainy day like this, huh...

1 comment:

John Branch said...

I missed your launch announcement but am very glad I caught this. I'll be checking the Digital Theatre site.