Audiences around Australia, will be the first to see a season of filmed performances from Shakespeare's Globe theatre.
All's Well That Ends Well, a comedy filmed in high definition last year, opens in cinemas nationally tomorrow, before Britain and the US. October will see the premiere of Much Ado About Nothing and Doctor Faustus.
"It is probably the most spectacular theatre anywhere," says Rob Marshall, Globe Executive Producer. "It's a lovingly recreated Elizabethan theatre. You point a camera at almost any part of the building and it looks beautiful."
Britain's National Theatre Live will launch in cinemas with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on October 6, followed by The Last of the Haussmans, a new play starring Julie Walters. Airing in Australian cinemas on October 27-28.
"The big practical consideration is you're acting for cameras, and the bigger audience is going to be in cinemas," she says, "but you're also having to act for people in the back row of the theatre. It's not quite good acoustically, it's quite hard, so everything is pushed; that's the difficult thing about it."
In a move to engage audiences beyond the Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia is trying it’s hand in cinemas, with Turandot to be shown in cinemas in October. In November, there will be a live simulcast of Madame Butterfly from Melbourne.
Australia’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, had 900 screenings in the U.S, before a global release of Blu-ray and DVD. ‘This is a terrific ‘thumbs up’ for us,’ said Tim McFarlane, Producer of the Australian production of Love Never Dies, “‘The filming of our show was a landmark in Australian film and theatre: the first Australian production of a musical to be filmed for world wide release,’ he continues.
South Pacific, starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune, has been recorded for cinema release in 2013.