Showtime!

18th November 2016

Last night, for the London opening of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half a Sixpence, the production's publicists employed an up-to-the-minute medium in a manner that mimicked the early years of television. Working with Facebook Live, Half a Sixpence first more

MoMA marvels

1st November 2016

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently unveiled an exciting, extraordinary and exemplary archival project, 'Exhibition history', that is putting online for free and unrestricted access thousands and thousands of installation photographs, press releases and - most more

Television’s first King Lear

12th October 2016

Tonight RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. If we can achieve something of what we got in the second camera rehearsal yesterday, then I think it will more

My ‘Last Night’

8th October 2016

Tonight it's the Last Night of the Proms for me. I know most people celebrated this oddly English and - especially in the current climate - deeply contradictory occasion a month ago. But for me Saturday 8 October is the more

Reactions to Richard III on screen

3rd August 2016

Just under a fortnight ago we produced for Picturehouse Entertainment and the Almeida Theatre the cinema broadcast of the latter's production of Richard III. Directed on stage by Rupert Goold, this featured Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and a truly exceptional more

Is it live…?

1st August 2016

To Stratford-upon-Avon this week for the World Shakespeare Congress 2016, an international gathering of academics held only once every five years in a different location each time. This being the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, the eminent Shakespeareans more

WorldCup66 Live: a misconceived media mess

30th July 2016

As you may have noticed I am fascinated by the developing forms of 'event cinema'. I even have a go at producing some from time to time, including the recent Almeida Theatre Live: Richard III. Live theatre, operas, concerts and the more

Opera (and more) online

29th July 2016

On Wednesday the Guardian reported that the Edinburgh Festival was offering a refund to opera lovers who had purchased tickets for Christophe Honoré’s production of Così fan tutte (above). First seen at Aix-en-Provence earlier this month, the production is apparently a “provocative more

Augmenting reality for real

14th July 2016

In the medieval streets of the French town of Cahors yesterday, son Nick and daughter Kate were delighted to teach their grandmother Beryl how to catch a zubat. Of course Pokémon GO hasn't been released in Europe yet but more