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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

National Theatre Live recently broadcast the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons from London’s Old Vic theatre to a cinema screen in Dubai. Technical producer Chris Bretnall discusses the nuances and challenges of live broadcasti­ng a play

- By Shalaka Paradkar Photograph­y by Tom Wren

National Theatre Live’s technical advisor discusses the challenges of broadcasti­ng live theatre.

National Theatre Live will turn 10 on June 25 this year. The first- ever NT Live broadcast kicked off with Phédre, starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren. Since then, over 80 theatre production­s have been shown in 3500 venues worldwide, reaching an overall audience of

nearly 9 million people. From Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller, to Angels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey and Rosentcran­tz and Guildenste­rn Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe and Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson, audiences in UK and around the world have been able to watch theatre broadcast to a cinema near them, through the magic of NT Live.

Extending the National Theatre’s digital reach, NT Live broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries.

This June, the Arthur Miller classic,

All My Sons, starring starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, was broadcast live from

 ??  ?? NT Live broadcast of The Madness of George III from the Nottingham Playhouse
NT Live broadcast of The Madness of George III from the Nottingham Playhouse

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