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All the world really is a stage as theatres embrace a digital future

A tool that switches between cameras to allow a single performance rather than many takes is changing the boards

Barbara Lewis and Supantha Mukherjee

For many it is theatre’s darkest hour. For others, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) included, lockdown has speeded up the use of technology that has transformed stagecraft and revealed new audiences and business opportunities.

Even before Covid-19 closed theatres, they had distributed recorded performances via cinemas for people who could not get to London’s West End or Broadway in New York.

The pandemic has turned even the smallest theatres into producers of streamed content watched far beyond their local communities...

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