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RSC preview: Dream, live virtual reality performance


Dream, RSC live online performance, Mar 13 - Mar 20.

The Royal Shakespeare Company tomorrow (March 13) launches what promises to be a groundbreaking live online performance using virtual reality technology.

Dream, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is played in a virtual forest, with motion sensors on the actors allowing them to interact with their surroundings and the audience at home.

The RSC says the show uses the latest gaming and theatre technology and an interactive score that responds to the actors' movements.

And the audience, watching on their tablet, mobile or computer, can directly influence the live performance from wherever they are in the world.

The theatre promises an "extraordinary exploration into the future of live performance".

Tomorrow (13th) night, the 50-minute show starts at 8pm.

There are two ticket options: You can interact with the live performance through your device for £10, or you can sit back and watch for free. Full details are on the RSC website: rsc.org.uk

The RSC has other treats in store. The Winter's Tale has been reimagined for the screen and will be broadcast on BBC Four in April (the date is to be confirmed). It will then be available on BBC iPlayer.

And coming to the RSC's new outdoor theatre, is Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Full details and dates will be announced in April.