Royal Shakespeare Company to stage virtual reality show

The Royal Shakespeare Company will stage a live online performance using virtual reality technology.

Based on William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the performance was scheduled to be staged in the spring. But the theatre, like many others, was disrupted by the coronavirus.

It will proceed in a virtual forest, with motion sensors on the actors allowing them to interact with their surroundings and the audience at home.

The RSC, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, said the show uses the gaming and theatre technology and an interactive score that responds to the actors’ movement during the show. Through their tablet, mobile or the show’s website, audiences will be able to directly influence the live performance from wherever they are in the world.

RSC’s artistic director said, “Shakespeare was our greatest storyteller. [It’s brilliant we] get the opportunity to use one of his plays to discover what could be possible for live performance.”

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