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NT Live Celebrates 10 Years: David Sabel’s TEDxBroadway Talk

The broadcasting arm of the National Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Playbill honors NT Live with a feature about how it changed the global theatrical landscape. In 2013, NT Live founder David Sabel spoke at TEDxBroadway, “Infusing Theatre into Digital Mediums.” TEDxBroadway will be returning to the New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. As you know, we sell out every year and quickly, so we encourage you to get your tickets now! Read More: Fresh Idea Friday: Erin Lavik Fresh …

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Audiences Behaving Badly? Depends on Whom You Ask

Talking, eating loudly and answering mobile phones: These are all behaviors that can be considered inappropriate for a theater audience. While some people prefer to speak out against audiences behaving badly, others — like Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who appeared in Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s theatre — suggest that criticizing young fans could kill theater. The Guardian‘s Amelia Hill reports that Harington recently said: “I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die …

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Marketing

Olympic Pretendinitis?

Anecdotally, in the early days of the Olympics, I’m seeing empty seats in Sochi as I watch, and others are pointing out the same. Somehow, the BBC is reporting a sales figure of 70% sold overall for the tickets at these games as of two weeks before the start. This compares to the 97% figure that they reported for past games in London and Vancouver at the same point. It’s a tough comparison, because London and Vancouver would have had …

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Experience

The Audience Has Five Senses. Why Not Use Them All?

I love this: London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show this year was aimed at all five senses. When I was in first grade, the teacher brought in a little popcorn maker to explain the five senses to us: We could see the popcorn pop; we could hear the kernels explode; we could smell the delicious, buttery smell as it heated up; we could feel the bumpy kernels when they finished popping; and, of course, we could taste the popcorn when …

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