Streaming must be the long run for theatre | Letters


Larry Elliott’s constructive article ((*2*)Covid pandemic would possibly release doorways to golden age for the humanities, 23 Might) rightly issues out where of era as the important thing driving force for cultural alternate. Already in the leading edge by means of committing to flow each and every manufacturing is the Younger Vic, tentatively supported by means of the Almeida, and optimistically underpinned by means of the Nationwide Theatre at House carrier.

Those alternate the sport for individuals who can’t get right of entry to reside theatre, with captioning, audio description and actually “being there” when you’ll’t make it. Beats me why each and every display isn’t getting a livestream, for the reason that audiences for this yr, and perhaps for a while, shall be decreased thru social distancing. I really like reside occasions, however as bits of me fail, the phrases are by no means clearer than thru subtitles and headphones, the strikes and expressions by no means extra detailed than in close-up, and what higher technique to wreck down the metropolitan stranglehold and provides regional theatres an equivalent footing, because the Leicester Curve and its friends are promising?

I’m shocked that the West Finish’s industrial manufacturers aren’t protecting their presentations for posterity and monetising them thru the world over to be had streams whilst they’re nonetheless operating. The concept essential landmarks like Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt and Ian McKellen’s late-stage 2nd Mod at Hamlet aren’t captured for all to get right of entry to could be felony if it wasn’t so unhappy. Get entry to isn’t an add-on, however the driving force to wider, extra engaged audiences.
Richard Lee
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Re your record (Amazon to flow primary Nationwide Theatre performs in UK and Eire, 25 Might), I’ve lengthy argued that Nationwide Theatre productions must be broadcast – on the finish in their run – at the BBC, which is to be had to all who pay the licence rate. As a substitute of that, they’ve selected to promote our tax-funded product to Amazon, which is simplest to be had to those that subscribe to an organisation that many in finding objectionable for employment and tax causes. How can this be justified?
John Warburton

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