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Beeb to broadcast theatre

Looks like the BBC is getting away from the soundstage and onto the stage as the broadcaster has announced it’s to transmit stage productions.

A new online channel called The Space is being set up by the BBC and Arts Council England to show arts programmes – among them productions by the Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Opera Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and Saddler’s Wells as well as other theatres.

It’s not a new digital channel, but who knows where it could lead. Let’s hope that it has a better conversion rate of online-to-broadcast than the under-rated BBC Film Network and Channel 4’s Aardman venture 4mations.

I know one person who will be happy – Sam Walters lamented the lack of broadcast theatre on the BBC so this may go some way to addressing this.

Check out the full story at The Stage.

By Jonathan Richardson

Jonathan Richardson is a writer and the editor of Considered Words.

He's worked as a journalist, writer and analyst for organisations including the BBC and Which? He's also written for the stage in Cambridge, radio and sketches at the Edinburgh festival.

He's now a freelance writer and data analyst.

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