Technology Brings New Interest, Crowds to ‘Closed’ Theaters
For many people involved in the theater, the past year has been difficult. For others, coronavirus closures have provided new opportunities using technology.
Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company is one example.
Even before COVID-19 restrictions closed theaters, the company had shared recorded performances as movies. This helped people who could not get to London or New York City to see the live shows.
The pandemic has turned even the smallest theaters into producers of streamed programs. These are available on the internet outside of their local communities.
For some theater lovers, a screen cannot replace a live performance. But some observers predict that online theater is here to stay. And a generation that has grown up with computers and mobile phones might like it better than live theater.
The Royal Shakespeare Company, or RSC, has said it is combining online media skills…