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Royal Court Theatre streams empty theatre

London’s Royal Court Theatre has launched a new digital project streaming its empty auditorium to the public.

Artist Hester Chillingworth proposed the idea, which will see the uninhabited main stage of the theatre presented online, with a live video stream punctuated by occasional witty audio messages. According to the venue the sound element will more often be silence than not.

The venue’s artistic director’s Vicky Featherstone said: “Hester approached us a few weeks ago with this beautiful idea, an offering, somewhere to think and to look at our empty space. The challenge ahead for us all is immense – theatre and places where people gather to share stories and be entertained are at risk long into the future. The unity we feel when we clap every Thursday is what makes us human and feel alive. Hester is giving us a new space at this time to be in. We don’t know how long it will go on for…”

The Royal Court has not announced how long the live stream event will last.


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