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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 Idea Friday:...

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Technology

You’ve Never Seen National Theatre Like This Before

Until now, you've only been able to take backstage tours of the National Theatre in London in person. But according to The Stage, NT is launching an app that offers exclusive content and behind-the-scenes access. "What's great is that theatre is a passion point for people," NT head of digital development Toby Coffey told The Stage. "What I wanted to do was create something that, if you are interested in theatre and the National Theatre, will drive you to continually engage...

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Innovation

If You’re Still Not Willing to Get Serious About Getting Outside the Four Walls of Your Venue

The old-fashioned mindset of “protecting” the live experience by making it as unavailable to anybody not present in the building at the time of the event doesn’t work. What it does is prevent people from being able to participate, which prevents them from caring, which prevents them from being a fan or supporter. This isn’t a theory. The sports guys know this. Imagine a world where you could only see an NBA game live. It’s been demonstrated by the National...

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Obscurity Is the Enemy

Not availability. The New London Theatre in London’s West End holds a little over 1,000 people. On February 27, War Horse was performed in the New London. Therefore, a little over 1,000 people (at most) saw the show, right? Logical, isn’t it? Except that in reality, more than 150,000 saw it in real time via broadcast as it was being performed. The biggest hit so far for the National Theatre through its NT Live initiative, this performance got seen 150 times...

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Technology

Is the Future of Arts About Broadcasting?

Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center speculates in this article about the future viability of regional and medium-sized arts organizations as producers of actual live entertainment. He doesn’t directly express an opinion, but he seems to be implying that the ability to broadcast performances (like the UK’s National Theatre or the Metropolitan Opera) will basically create a star effect and drive regional organizations into obsolescence. Three answers and a comment: • This will only happen if you don’t believe there’s a...

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