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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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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 …

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How to Keep the Live Entertainment Industry Healthy

I loved Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. I saw it when it was in the meatpacking district across the street from the Standard Hotel and still included dinner, but I think it’s been just as well received in Midtown Manhattan, where it is today. So I was excited to hear that the show is launching a Kickstarter campaign to develop a film version. I was skeptical at first, thinking of it as a movie version, because the …

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The Real Battle is Getting People Out More

Stephen Wood is the executive director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the UK and though he likes the National Theatre’s NT Live broadcasts of some of its theater productions, he wants to make sure they’re not a “substitute” for actually going to the theater. We cover this topic a lot. As a rule, increasing the ability for people to get access to something makes them “consume” more of it and think about it more. The bigger worry by far, as …

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