David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing was the hottest ticket in town back in 2011, and David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker had the critics salivating in 2010’s All My Sons – so tickets were nearly impossible to get hold of. But a new initiative launched on Monday will allow theatre-lovers to watch recordings of productions they missed out on, via a web browser, iPhone/iPad or internet-connected TV.
Online rentals from the Digital Theatre Channel start from £1.99, with 18 shows currently available from the West End, Young Vic, Almeida and more. Included on the billing are both Much Ado and All My Sons, plus Jonathan Pryce as King Lear, Jamie Parker and Roger Allam in Henry IV and David Morrissey playing Macbeth. And, if you don’t fancy sitting through Shakespeare, there’s Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan in A Doll’s House, Michael Morpurgo’s Billy the Kid, plus another appearance from Suchet in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Speaking of the new venture, Digital Theatre’s co-founder and CEO, Robert Delamere, said, “We’re delighted to partner with TalkTalk and bring the best of British theatre to living rooms across the UK.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to gain new audiences for our productions and the world-class talent working in the British theatre scene.”
Content on the site will be updated regularly, with users having the option to rent online with a 30-day access period (48 hours from the first time you begin playback) or download to keep, with prices for the latter starting at £3.99.