The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will begin broadcasting productions free of charge online, enabling audiences cross the globe to access its shows.
OT on Screen will launch this month when Maya Arad Yasur’s play Amsterdam will be screened online on January 27 at 7:30pm.
The play, which is directed by Matthew Xia and is touring from February, will be available for a limited period online.
Orange Tree executive director Hanna Streeter, said: “We are delighted to launch OT on Screen and present what we hope will be the first of many digital broadcast production from the Orange Tree. OT on Screen gives anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world, free access to experience the magic on our intimate, in-the-round stage.”
Streeter added that she hoped OT on Screen would enable the theatre to reach wider audiences across the UK, “especially those experiencing otherness and alienation; to enable new theatre audiences to try before they buy and break down perceived barriers to theatre”.
Amsterdam is a co-production between the Orange Tree, Actors Touring Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth. It originally ran at the Orange Tree in 2019, and tours nationwide from February 27. The screened version, filmed at the Orange Tree last year, was commissioned by the Space and filmed by the Roundhouse.
Hampstead Theatre in north London was among the first theatres to stream productions online free of charge, which it did for the first time in 2013 with a live stream of Howard Brenton’s #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei.
Hampstead has since repeated its online live streams with several further productions, while shows at a number of other theatres have been screened on BBC iPlayer.