The RSC has unveiled a new digital experience that fuses live performance and gaming technology.
Running from 12 to 20 March via the RSC's website Dream piece is set up in collaboration with Manchester International Festival (MIF), Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) and Philharmonia Orchestra
The production which is inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will explore new ways in which remote audiences can witness live performance. The show is set to allow audiences to explore an enchanted forest, full of sprites and fairies. Audiences can choose to buy a ticket which allows them to take part at key points in the play, or view the performance for free.
Gregory Doran, RSC's artistic director said: "What's brilliant about Dream is the innovation at play. An audience member sitting at home influencing the live performance from wherever they are – that's exciting. It's not a replacement to being in the space with the performers but it opens up new opportunities. By bringing together specialists in on-stage live performance with that of gaming and music you see how much they have in common. For instance, the RSC's deep understanding of scripted drama combined with Marshmallow Laser Feast's innovation in creative tech brings thrilling results.
"The story is king, whether you are a gamer, or an audience member. Stories haven't changed, but the way we engage audiences with them has. Shakespeare was our greatest storyteller and it's brilliant that we get the opportunity to use one of his plays to discover what could be possible for live performance."