Digital Theatre Offers Downloads of U.K. Productions of Into the Woods, All My Sons, As You Like It

News   Digital Theatre Offers Downloads of U.K. Productions of Into the Woods, All My Sons, As You Like It Digital Theatre, the online initiative in which major theatrical productions are recorded live and then made available for download via their website at www.digitaltheatre.com, have announced that their next three releases will be the production of Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods that played at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park; the West End's All My Sons, starring David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker, and the RSC's recent production of As You Like It, with the latter available already and the others to follow.

Hannah Waddingham in Into the Woods
Hannah Waddingham in Into the Woods Photo by Catherine Ashmore

Digital Theatre's portfolio of partner theatres includes, in addition to these companies, the Almeida Theatre Company, the Bush Theatre, English Touring Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Young Vic.

Into the Woods staged to celebrate Sondheim's 80th birthday was co-directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel. The cast comprised Eddie Manning as the The Narrator, Helen Dallimore as Cinderella, Ben Stott as Jack, Mark Hadfield as Baker, Jenna Russell as Baker's Wife, Gaye Brown as Cinderella's Stepmother, Amy Ellen Richardson as Florinda, Amy Griffiths as Lucinda, Marilyn Cutts as Jack's Mother, Beverly Rudd as Little Red Ridinghood, Hannah Waddingham as Witch, Gemma Wardle as Cinderella's Mother, Billy Boyle as Mysterious Man, Michael Xavier as Wolf and Cinderella's Prince, Valda Aviks as Grandmother, Alice Fearn as Rapunzel, Simon Thomas as Rapunzel's Prince, Mark Goldthorp as Steward, Sophie Caton as Snow White/Harp, Marc Antolin as Woodsman, with Judi Dench as the voice of the Giant.

All My Sons was directed by Howard Davies. In addition to Suchet and Wanamaker, the cast also included Stephen Campbell Moore, Olivia Darnley, Steven Elder, Claire Hackett, Daniel Lapaine as George Deever, Jemima Rooper, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Ted Allpress.

As You Like It was directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd. The cast comprised Charles Aitken as Oliver, David Carr as Charles the Wrestler, Dyfan Dwyfor as William, Christine Entwisle as Phoebe, Geoffrey Freshwater as Adam/Corin, Mariah Gale as Celia, James Howard as First Lord, Ansu Kabia as Le Beau, Richard Katz as Touchstone, Debbie Korley as Hisperia, Forbes Masson as Jaques, Sandy Neilson as Duke Frederick, Jonjo O’Neill as Orlando, Dharmesh Patel as Lord Amiens, Peter Peverley as Jacques Du Boys/Dennis, Sophie Russell as Audrey, Clarence Smith as Duke Ferdinand, Katy Stephens as Rosalind, James Traherne as Sir Oliver Martext and James Tucker as Silvius. In a statement, Boyd commented, "After completing sold out seasons at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Roundhouse, I am delighted that, with Digital Theatre’s input, the life of As You Like It can be extended. It's great that audiences who were not able to purchase tickets in the UK will now be able to access our production to watch at their leisure."

In addition to these downloads, Digital Theatre has also announced Gulf Stage, a unique digital project with the British Council in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage (Qatar), and The Cultural Development Centre - a member of the Qatar Foundation. Six original theatre productions from the participating countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council Youth Theatre Festival (GCCYTF, Doha, Qatar 2010) - UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait - were digitally captured alongside a professional development workshop in digital film making, in a pioneering initiative to preserve contemporary Gulf cultural heritage. The six productions, subtitled in English, along with an accompanying documentary, are available to view online for free at digitaltheatre.com/gulfstage.

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