New online platform promises live theatre experience anytime, anywhere and on any device

Digital Theatre has launched the UK's first online subscription service that will give users access to exclusive high-profile theatre, ballet, opera and classical concerts shows, available to stream anytime, anywhere, to any device. 

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Othello - production images Keith Pattison © Royal Shakespeare Company
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.

Monthly subscription to Digital Theatre, including unlimited access to current and future productions, will cost £9.99 per month. For non-subscribers, each production is available to rent online for 48 hours, at a price of £7.99.

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The Tempest - production images Topher McGrillis © Royal Shakespeare Company
According to Justin Cooke, Chairman of Digital Theatre, “Our mission is to make the performing arts accessible to all, irrespective of social, economic or geographic circumstances. The power of digital is providing people, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, with access to fantastic performances, at a fraction of the cost of a typical ticket. We’re broadening access to these phenomenal productions, and preserving their impact for years to come. We aim to bring the drama and emotion of each live performance to the comfort of your home, and for me, this isn’t a replacement for live theatre – it’s a new art form altogether.”

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