Theatre At The Cinema
Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:48 PM
I went last night to People as I couldn’t get tickets for it in the flesh. Generally I liked the experience, the camera work was good and I liked the fact the stage performance was filmed with no mucking around.
I can see why they do it live but it really didn’t feel like a live experience and basically it’s not as good as the real thing.
I do have concerns about the long term affect of it especially for regional theatre. The glamorous sounding NT v’s Crewe Rep Theatre! Also fear it creates a two tier system, one for those who can afford the membership fees, booking fees etc and another for those who can’t. But at the same time if it makes institutions more accessible and encourages new audiences …
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:28 PM
That said, does anyone know the box office figures for Great Expectations when it was live at the cinema?
Incidentally, when I saw King Lear, midway through Lear's most prominent mad scene, the visuals blipped, then went out. After about a minute of darkness some poor bloke said "Sorry, we're going to have to stop now" and for ten minutes they had to reassemble the dish - it was one of those incredibly windy days. They got it back and the actors went from the very beginning of the scene, beginning from Edgar's speech to Gloucester atop the "cliff" (they were substantially past that scene, so they were troupers for going from there and not losing any emotions or drama - they picked it up astonishingly). And my parents tried to see Collaborators, but there were no visuals and the sound went in and out, so they all complained and got both money back and a free cinema ticket each and in the end saw it at the Olivier. But for the most part (as far as I'm aware, having been a couple of times and knowing people who've been a couple of times more than I, it works really well.
Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:39 PM
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:20 PM
I have the same attitude for the Globe Theatre screenings. Despite all the hype I did not see Twelfth Night because I knew the production will be shown in cinemas. Next year yes, but that is no skin off my nose
It also allows me to see other shows when I do go up to London for the day.
Of course I am going to miss some of the experience, but then again the amount of NT Live shows that happen per year is nothing to the amount I see overall so it is not much of a loss
Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:06 PM
It was a nice audience, probably the oldest Ive ever seen in the cinema.
Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:23 PM
Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:28 AM
But as you didn't see it in the theatre you don't know that do you. Was it the C4 TV version on a big screen ? I imagine it was. I saw it both on stage and on TV. No comparison.
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