ACE publishes no-deal Brexit guide

ACE publishes no-deal Brexit guide

Arts Council England has published a sign-posting guide to relevant government information to help arts and cultural organisations navigate a European exit without a withdrawal agreement.

NPG uncovers £35.5m remake

NPG uncovers £35.5m remake

The National Portrait Gallery, dubbed “the nation’s family album”, has unveiled a £35.5m plan for the biggest development in its 123-year history.

Investing in curators pays off

Investing in curators pays off

Investing in curatorial skills will help build museums’ resilience and reputation, according to a new report from the John Ellerman Foundation.

‘Councils and owners need to combine to stop theatres closing’

‘Councils and owners need to combine to stop theatres closing’

The new annual Theatres at Risk Register published today by the Theatres Trust highlights the need for local authorities and theatre owners to collaborate to ensure more are not lost.

Barbican’s Rattle Hall concept revealed

Barbican’s Rattle Hall concept revealed

The detailed design concept for London's £288m Centre for Music - nicknamed “Rattle Hall” after the music director of the London Symphony Orchestra which will be resident there – has been revealed.

THE WORD    Help Eastleigh's The Point to ‘move on’

THE WORD Help Eastleigh's The Point to ‘move on’

The Point, the contemporary theatre and dance studio complex in Eastleigh, Hampshire, is being transformed but its artistic director, Sacha Lee, is looking for artistic help...

What's up in…   Southampton

What's up in… Southampton

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Southampton. 

Pontypridd arts centre to open again?

Pontypridd arts centre to open again?

Council asks for expressions of interest in Muni

TAITMAIL  Cliff edge or launching point?

TAITMAIL Cliff edge or launching point?

We’re on the brink. The political arrogance, diplomatic blundering, economic obfuscating and cultural ignorance have led the cultural industries to the top of Beachy Head and about to step off. Or are we?

THE WORD   ‘Centre of culture’ is not about space

THE WORD ‘Centre of culture’ is not about space

says Reuben Kench, director of culture, events and leisure at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in response to a recent Taitmail input into the debate about cities and towns of culture, and our empty high streets

AI PROFILE		Lord of the dance

AI PROFILE Lord of the dance

Sir Richard Alston, artist director of The Place and the Richard Alston Dance Company

Carlos Acosta to run Birmingham Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta to run Birmingham Royal Ballet

Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta is to succeed David Bintley as artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, the company has announced.

Kathy Bourne returns to Chichester

Kathy Bourne returns to Chichester

Producer Kathy Bourne is to be the new executive director of Chichester Festival Theatre, along alongside artistic director Daniel Evans.

Tullie House all dressed up for Wolfson award

Tullie House all dressed up for Wolfson award

Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum is the big winner in the latest round of DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund grants.

MY STORY The other side of the picture

MY STORY The other side of the picture

DAVID HICKS   

The greetings card company Really Good was started by David Hicks more than 30 years ago with a £40 government enterprise allowance, and capital of £200. It is now worth £4m and sells in 30 countries, but its founder has made a dramatic career change. 

DEA BIRKETT  Mime - and the last word in circus

DEA BIRKETT Mime - and the last word in circus

In the latest in her series marking the 250th anniversary of the circus, Dea Birkett – the official Ringmaster of Circus250 – discovers more about her artform at the London International Mime Festival

ACE launches £6m leadership fund

ACE launches £6m leadership fund

Arts Council chair Nicholas Serota today launched a new £6m leadership investment fund for museums, libraries and the arts.

RSC heads new era for immersive drama

RSC heads new era for immersive drama

A £16m research programme led by the Royal Shakespeare Company could herald a new era for audiences.

Five vie for new £125k art gallery prize

Five vie for new £125k art gallery prize

Five galleries have been shortlisted for the new £125,000 Ampersand Award to help realise development proposals.

Preston’s Harris Museum gets HLF development boost

Preston’s Harris Museum gets HLF development boost

A £10.7m transformation of Preston’s Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library has received a major funding fillip with a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Creative students on the rise

Creative students on the rise

The numbers of university students studying creative arts and design has grown by 10.5% in the last ten years, according to a new report from the Knowledge Academy.

Drama of keeping more things in the air than you have hands

Drama of keeping more things in the air than you have hands

AI Profile :  Sean Gandini, artistic director, Gandini Juggling

Dramatic new bridge to Arthur’s castle

Dramatic new bridge to Arthur’s castle

Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, traditionally associated with the legends of King Arthur, is to get this dramatic new bridge as part of a £5m English Heritage improvement programme.

What's up in… Glasgow

What's up in… Glasgow

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this time, the arts in Glasgow

Drama at your fingertips

The media production company Digital Theatre was founded in 2009 by stage and TV director Robert Delamere, now its CEO, and Tom Shaw to produce theatrical performances in high definition via its website. As it launches a new subscription platform, Robert Delamere describes the enterprise’s development so far

When Digital Theatre was founded we started out with a very simply idea - we wanted to make the performing arts accessible to all. 

Image: Leanne Rowe in the Frantic Assembly production of Abi Morgan’s Lovesong for the Lyric, Hammersmith

We sensed that the power of digital could be harnessed to great artistic, cultural and ultimately social effect. We looked at how theatre and the performing arts where served by the internet and how, at the time, digital technology and distribution hadn’t yet really impacted the wider arts industry. 

It’s been an incredible journey since the launch of the consumer service www.digitaltheatre.com and our sister education service www.digitaltheatreplus.com. Since then we’ve worked with some of the world’s great artists, writers, composers and directors and seen our audience grow and expand across more than 65 countries around the world.  

At Digital Theatre we believe that experiencing and having access to the arts is a vital part of what it means to be human. We also knew that we wanted that access to be available irrespective of social, economic or geographic circumstances. That was the simple inspiration behind the launch of the world’s first, online, performing arts platform. 

Digital Theatre now regularly collaborates with world-class producing houses include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the Almeida, to capture their shows and stream them to the consumer in broadcast quality - up close and personal, for a best-seat-in-the-house viewing experience. By doing so we’re broadening access to these phenomenal productions, and preserving their impact for years to come. 

Most importantly we work as curators, working alongside the artists, actors, directors and writers involved. This collaboration ensures that the live capture of each performance follows the same values and intentions that were behind the original production, so that the live creation and the filmed digital capture work in harmony with each other. 

This month, Digital Theatre announced the launch of an online subscription platform that brings the best of live theatre, ballet, opera and classical concerts, to your own screen. Each performances can be streamed anytime, anywhere, to any device. For £9.99 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to all Digital Theatre’s current and future productions. For non-subscribers, each production is available to rent online for 48 hours, at a price of £7.99.

Subscribers will have access to over 65 productions, the majority of which are exclusive to DT, including: Simon Russell Beale in The Tempest, Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet and Antony Sher in King Lear, all from the Royal Shakespeare Company; Zoë Wanamaker and David Suchet in All My Sons; Richard Armitage in The Crucible; David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing; operas and ballets from the Royal Opera House and the English National Ballet; and concerts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and starring the London Symphony Orchestra.

This means, quite simply, that you can now experience Live Theatre Anytime, Anywhere.

 

We have an exciting year ahead with lots of new content and partnerships aimed at broadening our reach and the quality of the work we present. 

 

Please join us and follow us on social media.

 

www.digitaltheatre.com

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