Digital Theatre+ and The Stage launch Theatre Lives: a new series of filmed conversations with legendary performers and theatre-makers
Adrian Lester, Juliet Stevenson, Michael Grandage, Julie Walters and Imelda Staunton feature in first series of Theatre Lives.
See website for trailer and full information http://bit.ly/theatrelives
The series explores the enduring allure of theatre and features a candid and entertaining 40-60-minute 1:1 conversation with each artist, discussing their careers and offering an accurate, relevant and stimulating insight into a life in theatre, passing on their expertise to future generations.
Theatre Lives launches on September 29 with Adrian Lester. Interviews with new guests will be presented every two weeks and released on www.thestage.co.uk
Theatre Lives guests are in conversation with Fiona Lindsay, arts broadcaster and creative producer for Digital Theatre+. They take place in a studio setting at the Lyric Hammersmith where interviewees reveal the influences, motivation and challenges that they’ve experienced during their life in theatre.
Each film will be premiered on The Stage Website (http://www.thestage.co.uk) and will then be made permanently available on Digital Theatre+ (http://www.digitaltheatreplus.com) once the series is complete.
The full timetable for releases on The Stage website is:
September 29 – Adrian Lester
October 13 – Juliet Stevenson
October 27 – Michael Grandage
November 10 – Julie Walters
November 24 – Imelda Staunton
The Stage is the world’s oldest and best theatre publication with a 136-year track record of helping performers and other theatre professionals find training and work opportunities in theatre and the performing arts.
Digital Theatre+ is a pioneering theatre streaming service that offers the best of British theatre and accompanying educational content to teachers and students around the world with an ambition of breaking down the barriers of entry to the industry.
Alistair Smith, editor (print) of The Stage, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Digital Theatre on this great new series, which we hope will see established stars passing on their expertise to future generations of performers and theatre-makers. We intend to continue the series for a number of years and build up a library of advice for drama students of both current and future generations to draw upon.”
Fiona Lindsay, creative content producer for Digital Theatre+, added: “Theatre people often shy away illuminating what they do as theirs is quite a difficult job to explain well. There’s no definitive way of doing it, its transformative nature being an alchemy of text, technique, instinct and imagination. It’s a silent craft and weeks and months of preparation go un-seen as the job is to give life to the words of others. We’re thrilled to present such special guests in conversation and deepen the understanding of one of the oldest professions.
Emily Blacksell, producer for Theatre Lives, said: “The series offers a rich resource for students and teachers alike into the motivational forces, influences and rehearsal methods of some of the country’s leading actors and theatre practitioners, as well as offering rare insights into the craft and process behind their most iconic roles and productions.”
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About Digital Theatre+
Digital Theatre+ works in partnership with renowned theatre and arts companies to capture stunning live performances on film, collaborating with some of the most exciting talent of British stage and screen and providing access to British theatre performances through a digital platform.
Digital Theatre+ is creating a new genre and model, redefining arts education for the digital age. We know that teachers want to play a more active role in dictating the technology and materials used in their classrooms. Digital Theatre+ gives them this control, supplying first-class teaching materials to engage students at a variety of levels whilst addressing the needs of the curriculum. We help teachers inspire students with hundreds of unique backstage insights, live interviews and learning resources created by leading arts practitioners and academics.
With over 3 million student subscribers is 61 countries, Digital Theatre+ is at the forefront of exporting British theatrical culture across the globe, and is pioneering a new economic model for arts funding -providing unprecedented access to the arts for audiences everywhere, regardless of social geographic or economic constraints.
Our theatre partnerships include:
The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, English National Ballet, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Almeida Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Opera North, Menier Chocolate Factory, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions, Stanhope Productions, Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, National Jewish Theater, Tricycle Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works.
About The Stage
The Stage Media Company Limited provides news and services for the UK entertainment and performing arts industry.
Established in 1880, The Stage is a must read for those with an involvement or interest in the performing arts industry in the UK and beyond, offering theatre news, reviews, advice and more. The newspaper is published every Thursday and is available to purchase for just £2.30 from newsagents around the country. It is also available for download as a digital edition. The website (www.thestage.co.uk) is read by 450,000 unique users a month. The Stage also publishes an annual list of the 100 most influential people in theatre and the performing arts, The Stage 100, and runs The Stage Awards, recognising the best organisations operating within the UK theatre industry.