“At the heart of Digital Theatre Plus is the ethos to share the best of British theatre with teachers and students all over the world.” Digital Theatre Plus: About Us
Digital Theater Plus is one of the amazing streaming video subscription databases to which the University Libraries subscribes. This database allows UArts students, faculty, and staff the ability to stream recent British theatre productions in the classroom, in the home, or anywhere you would like!
In addition to having full length productions available for viewing, behind the scenes documentaries and interviews are provided to allow us to see the full process required in staging these performances.
Take, for instance, the award-winning September 2014 production of playwright Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible, captured live at The Old Vic Theatre. Not only can you watch the full 3+ hour performance, you can also view interviews with actors Richard Armitage, Natalie Gavin, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, and Jack Ellis, plus an interview with director Yaël Farber is included.
The productions captured vary from Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni to Sondheim‘s musical Into the Woods, to the 2007 Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award Winner The Container, to Billy the Kid; a play about a would-be soccer star benched by World War 2.
Looking for more information on these plays? Digital Theatre Plus also includes introduction to the stories, character summaries, relationship maps, plot summaries, and more. For all you instructors out there, “Keywords and answers” sections are great for starting up some class discussions.
Feel like geeking out? Then you definitely need to watch the production of Much Ado About Nothing featuring David Tennant, the tenth Doctor Who, and Catherine Tate, one of his companions from the BBC show; together they share the stage again at Wyndham’s Theatre in this modernized retelling of the Shakespeare penned classic.
You can also check out Toby Jones, the Dream Lord from Doctor Who, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Arnim Zola, the voice of Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter films, and Claudius Templesmith from the Hunger Games movies, in Parlour Song; “a satirical exploration of deceit, paranoia, and desire in suburbia.”
Yes, this service looks to have something for everyone.
Enough of my talking: check out Digital Theater Plus now! Just visit library.uarts.edu, click the Audio/Video Online link under “Online Resources” at the bottom of the page, and then the link for Digital Theatre Plus and you’ll be enjoying high quality streams of wonderful British theatre productions in no time! Just remember: when on the campus network you’ll be taken right into the database but for off-campus access you’ll need to enter your UArts username and password.